Having Surgery?

If you are scheduled to have surgery at Pinnacle Hospital, we look forward to serving you. We hope the following information will help you prepare in advance for your surgery. Our goal is to make your surgery and stay with us, whether just a few hours or a few days, as comfortable and convenient as possible.

We advise patients to print this helpful information, review it and share this information with your family or friends who will be accompanying you to the hospital. Your physician will likely provide information for you to review as well. Please discuss specific details about your surgery with your doctor.

Once your surgery and recovery are completed, you will need to be driven home by an adult. You will not be allowed to drive. It is also recommended that you arrange for an adult to stay with you until the day after your surgery.

If you have any questions about your surgery schedule or any issues involving your upcoming stay at Pinnacle Hospital, please call (219) 756-2100.

Pre-Admission Information
Prior to any surgery, pre-admission information must be completed. You will be contacted by one of our Pre-admitting nurses who will need to obtain information regarding your medical history, current medications, and any known allergies. Your health history information is given to the Surgery Department to ensure quality care. You may also be contacted by a Hospital Representative requesting insurance information.

Pre-Admission Testing
Many patients are required to come to the hospital in advance of their procedure in preparation for their surgery. Your physician or a member of the Pinnacle staff will contact you regarding any pre-admission testing that needs to take place.

The Day Before Your Surgery
Your physician will provide you with specific information you will need to follow the day and evening before your surgery. The following are basic instructions for any surgical patient. It is extremely important that you follow your physician's specific instructions and recommendations.

  • Please do not eat or drink anything after 10 p.m. the night before your surgery.
  • Please do not chew any gum or candy
  • Discuss with your surgeon whether or not you should take any required medication before your surgery
  • Avoid chewing tobacco, smoking and drinking alcohol for 24 hours before your surgery
  • Please remove all jewelry including any body piercings and keep all valuables at home

The Day of Your Surgery
Patients are instructed to arrive at the hospital at least 60-90 minutes prior to their scheduled surgery. Those needing special assistance should be sure to contact the hospital to make those arrangements before coming to the hospital. Your first stop at the hospital should be at the front desk. A member of the Pinnacle staff will direct you from there.

Please bring the following on the day of surgery:

  • Driver's License
  • Insurance cards
  • Appropriate legal documents (I.e., Living Will, Power Of Attorney)
  • Responsible driver

Surgical Prep
Prior to changing into a surgical gown, a staff member will go over your health history and answer any questions you may have. Once you are moved into an operating room, an intravenous line will be started on your arm to administer fluids or medications.

Surgery
Once in the surgical suite, the nurse, physician, anesthesiologist and any support staff will verify the procedures to be performed and the anesthesia will be administered. The length of your surgery will vary depending on the procedures. Please discuss any questions about your surgery with your physician or surgeon.

Post Op Care and Instructions
Once your surgery is completed, you will be taken to recovery room, where you will be monitored by specially trained nurses. If you are having outpatient surgery, once you have fully awakened from the effects of anesthesia, a family member or visitor will be allowed to stay with you until time of discharge. If you are having inpatient surgery, following your recovery, you will be taken to your room where family members or visitors can visit you until time of discharge.

Once your surgery and recovery are completed, you will need to be driven home by an adult. You will not be allowed to drive. It is also recommended that you arrange for an adult to stay with you until the day after your surgery.