What to Expect Day of Surgery

  • Please bring all insurance information with you including your insurance card and driver’s license.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to put on and off, for example, shirts that button up the front or loose fitting slacks.
  • Please leave all valuables at home, including all rings and wedding bands.
  • You may brush your teeth; rinse your mouth but do not swallow the water.
  • Follow the eating, drinking, nicotine and medication instructions you have been given. Failure to follow these instructions will result in the delay or cancellation of your surgery.
  • Arrive at Seattle Orthopedic Center at the time given by the pre-operative nurse.
  • If you use an inhaler, bring it with you.
  • If you wear contact lenses, glasses, or hearing aids, bring a case or container, in order to protect them while you are in surgery. Glasses are recommended the day of surgery.

Special Instructions for Diabetics

  • Generally, do not take oral anti-diabetes medications such as Chorpropamide( Diabinese), Glyburide(Diabeta, Glynase, Micronase), Gilpizide (Glcotrol), Metfomin( Glucophage) or Rezulin. However, each patient may be slightly different, so please follow the pre-instruction given by your surgeon.
  • Do take one –half your morning long-acting insulin dose (Lente, NPH).
  • Do not take any regular insulin.
  • Bring your insulin with you the day of surgery.
  • If your surgery is scheduled in the afternoon and your blood sugar is higher than 200, contact the pre-Admission nurse at (206)633-8181.

Checking in

When you arrive on the day of your scheduled procedure, please present to the Front Reception Desk for check-in. Please have your insurance card and photo identification ready. You will be asked to complete paperwork related to your procedure. Additionally, any out of pock cost related to the surgery will be collected at that time.

Transportation Arrangements

An individual that requires sedation for their surgical procedure must have a designated driver 18+ years of age. This is a safety procedure that is strictly adhered to for your benefit.


If you need to bring a child with you to your appointment, please make arrangements to have your child overseen.  This is for the child’s safety and to maximize your time with our staff.  Thank you for your cooperation & understanding.

Due to the need for privacy, we suggest that a limit of one family member visit the patient during the postoperative phase. The nursing staff will be happy to give family members waiting outside the recovery area periodic updates on the patient’s condition.

Family members are prohibited from entering the operating room.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed, and pets are not allowed.  Please speak with the staff so proper arrangements are made to accommodate all parties.