Getting Ready for Surgery

The following information will assist you in preparing for surgery at Seattle Surgery Center.

  • You will be contacted the day prior to surgery by a Pre-Op Nurse/Representative, to discuss surgery and pre-operative instructions.
  • Typically you will be asked to arrive one hour prior to the scheduled surgery time. The arrival time may be subject to change and will be confirmed during the pre-op phone call. You should be prepared to provide a phone number where you can be reached on the day of surgery.
  • You are required to have an escort drive you home following surgery. The escort’s name and phone number should be provided during the pre-op phone call. For your safety, please arrange to have a responsible adult be with you for at least 24 hours after surgery.
  • Please do not eat or drink anything past midnight the night before your surgery, unless you are otherwise instructed in the pre-op phone call. This includes gum, mints, and water. Babies, diabetics and cataract surgery patients may receive special instructions tailored to individual needs.
  • Please leave all valuables at home.
  • Please bathe or shower the morning of your surgery.
  • Please wear comfortable and loose clothing that will be easy to put on and take off.
  • Please do not wear any make-up, jewelry or fingernail polish.
  • If you become ill or suspect that you are pregnant, please inform your surgeon and/or contact Seattle Surgery Center at (206) 382-1021.
    Bring all insurance cards, picture ID and any credit cards needed for payment with you on the day of surgery.
  • Seattle Surgery Center Patient Designated Parking Space located on the second floor of the parking garage adjacent to the Columbus Pavilion. Please note that we do not validate parking.