What to Expect with Surgery

Thank you for choosing Newton Medical Center for your procedure. Our team of surgical professionals is committed to providing you with the finest professional and personalized care available.

Pre-Admission Process

Pre-admission is required prior to surgery. After you are scheduled for surgery, you will receive two phone calls from our staff. The business office will call to obtain your personal and insurance information, and the preadmission nurse will call to obtain medical information and a list of your medications.

Preparing for Surgery

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery.
  • Eat only a light meal the evening before your surgery, unless your physician has instructed you otherwise.
  • Do not eat anything after midnight before your surgery (this includes gum, candy, chewing tobacco, mints, etc.) Your procedure may be cancelled if you eat anything.
  • Do not drink anything during the 6 hours before your scheduled check-in time. The following exceptions may apply:
    • A sip of water may be used to swallow any medications that were instructed by the pre-op nurse to take the morning of your procedure.
    • Your physician may give you specific instructions allowing liquids the morning of your procedure.
  • Do not smoke after bedtime the evening before surgery.
  • Shower and brush your teeth the morning of your procedure.
  • Notify your physician if you may be pregnant.
  • Remove all metal piercings and jewelry. You may replace piercings with thread.
  • Arrange for child care, if applicable, especially for the day of surgery.
  • Contact your surgeon if your physical condition changes before surgery (rash, cough, fever, etc.) or if there is a change in the condition for which you need surgery.
  • Do not bring jewelry, watches, money, credit cards or anything of value.
  • Plan to have only one person with you in the pre-operative area. Parents or guardians may accompany their child who is having surgery.

Day of Surgery

Patients scheduled for surgery at the hospital check-in at the Emergency Entrance. Patients scheduled at Newton Surgery Center check-in at the front desk of the Surgery Center.

What to Bring

  • Insurance and/or medical card(s).
  • Drivers license or valid photo ID.
  • Co-payment or deposit.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and low heeled shoes.
  • Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care if you have one.
  • Case for eye glasses or contact lenses.
  • Medical appliances if needed (CPAP machine, crutches, walker, braces, etc.)

Parents of Pediatric Patients

  • Bring what you would normally carry for a day out of the house (diaper bag, bottles, etc.)
  • Bring your child’s favorite toy or blanket.
  • Bring pajamas or comfortable clothes.


Anesthesia care at NMC is personalized. A credentialed anesthesia provider will be with you throughout your time in the operating room, to adjust your anesthetic as needed and monitor you.

Complications are rare, but can occur. We will carefully monitor all aspects of your anesthetic to help prevent complication or to promptly treat any complications that may arise.

Anesthesia can be provided in a variety of forms, including general anesthesia, regional anesthesia and IV sedation. A number of factors are taken into account when the anesthesia is chosen. We will review your chart, talk with you, consult with your surgeon and choose an anesthetic tailored to your needs.

Our goal is to provide optimal operating conditions for your surgeon and to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Types of Anesthesia

  • General – Total unconscious state is achieved by the injection of medications into the blood stream; additional IV medication and/or anesthetic gases may be used to maintain an unconscious state. A breathing tube may be placed in the windpipe.
  • Nerve Block – Injection of a medication near a nerve causes temporary loss of feeling and/or movement to a specific limb or area of the body. Risks include: infection, convulsions, weakness, bleeding, persistent numbness, residual pain and injury to blood vessels and/or nerves.
  • Spinal or Epidural – Medications are injected through a needle or catheter placed either directly in the spinal canal or immediately outside the spinal canal causing temporary decrease or loss of feeling and/or movement to lower parts of the body.
  • Monitored Anesthesia Care – Medications are injected into the blood stream producing a semiconscious state reducing anxiety and pain and creating partial or total amnesia.

Anesthesia Billing

Anesthesia services at Newton Medical Center are provided by Newton Anesthesia Services, which is independent of the hospital. With questions about anesthesia services, please call them directly at (316) 281-3700.