At Grand View Health, we’re committed to making your stay as pleasant and as comfortable as possible. These easy instructions will help prepare you for surgery.
Driving before and after your procedure:
While you are in the hospital, someone may stay with you while you are in our surgery unit. Please limit guests to one or two.
After you leave the hospital, we suggest having someone help you into your home.
Depending on your procedure, you may be required to have supervision for 24 hours after surgery. If you need assistance in arranging your post-surgical care, call the Case Management Department at 215-453-4487.
Child Care Arrangements
If you are having surgery at Grand View and have young children, please be advised that young children are not permitted to accompany you in our Surgical Short Stay Unit (SSSU).
Your physician may have special instructions regarding the days prior to your procedure. Ask your doctor if you need to:
Several options are available to manage your pain, each with advantages and disadvantages. Options include:
Discuss choices with your physician and anesthesiologist. Some patients prefer other pain relief methods, used alone or with medication. These include:
Let us know what you prefer, and we will try to accommodate your needs.
Smoking may affect your rate of healing. Try cutting down or quitting before surgery. For information about smoking cessation programs, call Grand View Connection at 215-453-4300 or check out our classes & events.
Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before your surgery and if you are taking pain medication.
If you have an advance directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney, bring a copy to your pre-admission testing appointment. If you do not have one, but are interested, please contact our Case Management Department at 215-453-4487.
Pre-admission testing helps our staff evaluate your overall health in preparation for your surgery. It involves a series a tests, including:
You must have these completed one to two weeks prior to your surgery. A pre-admission testing specialist will contact you to make an appointment. If you have questions about pre-admission testing, contact your surgeon’s office.