Your surgery will take place at Holy Cross Hospital. By following the recommendations of your surgeon and the instructions of your Nurse Liaison in the weeks before your surgery, you will be well prepared for the surgery itself. The following is a guide to the day of surgery with details about what to bring, where to go and an explanation of all relevant pre- and post-surgical protocols.
What To Bring
Bring the following items to the hospital to ensure your personal comfort:
A small suitcase or bag to hold your belongings.
A comfortable, loose-fitting outfit that is easy to get on and off, and that allows you to move freely when exercising.
Secure footwear, for example women’s shoes that have a heel strap, sandals, sneakers, walking shoes, etc. (Avoid backless slide-on shoes.)
Toiletry items, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, razors and shaving cream. (While the hospital provides basic toiletries, patients are welcome to bring their own.)
A sweater or light jacket for waiting rooms and the postoperative patient room, which are air-conditioned. (Family members and caregivers may also wish to bring an extra layer.)
A book, magazine or games such as Sudoku or Crossword Puzzles, to help pass the time during your stay.
On the day of your surgery, please leave your suitcase or bag with your belongings in your vehicle. If you arrive via hospital transportation or Town Car, the Patient Liaison will make arrangements to hold your luggage. After surgery, when you have been assigned a room, your family, caregiver or Patient Liaison may bring your personal items to you there. Convenient storage for personal items is located in each room’s bedside table and closet.
For your security, we ask that you do not bring jewelry or other valuables. However, if you feel the need to do so (or do so inadvertently), you will have the option of leaving your valuables with security.
Arrival At The Hospital
Dr. Leone’s team will tell you what time you need to arrive at Holy Cross Hospital. This time will be approximately two hours before your scheduled surgery.
If driving, please park in the visitor’s parking lot at 4725 North Federal Highway and enter the hospital through the Main Entrance. Click here for driving directions and map.
Let the Associate at the Main Information Desk know you are here for admission and surgery. You will be directed to the Admitting Department Desk, a short distance from the Main Entrance.
Admitting will confirm your registration information and arrange an escort for you and your family members or caregivers to the preoperative holding room and waiting room.
The Pre-Operative Holding Room
In the preoperative holding room you will be asked to remove contact lenses and glasses and put on a surgical gown. If you wear dentures or use a hearing aid, it will be suggested you remove these. An IV will be started. A member of your healthcare team will make sure all consent forms are signed, and then you will be given medicines to relax.
Dr. Leone will personally visit with you just prior to surgery. Your anesthesiologist will also visit to review your record and examine you. Together you will discuss and agree to an appropriate anesthetic plan. If you wish, a member of our Spiritual Care team will also be available to see you.
The Surgical Waiting Room
Once you are transferred to surgery, your family or caregiver will be escorted to the Surgical Waiting Room. During surgery and post-surgical recovery, every effort will be made to reassure and communicate with your family members or caregivers, and let them know when they can expect the doctor to visit.
Once the surgery has been completed, Dr. Leone will come to the Surgical Waiting Room and speak to your family members or caregivers. When you are ready to be transferred to your hospital room, a surgical technician will come for your family members or caregivers so that they may accompany you to your room.
Cell phone use is permitted in the Surgical Waiting Room, and there is free wireless internet access. The Surgical Waiting Room has a television and vending machines. On the first floor are both the hospital cafeteria and Heart Healthy Café, serving meals, snacks and refreshments. Additional outdoor seating can be found in the Mercy Courtyard.
You will be wheeled from the pre-operative holding room to the surgical suite, and will be given either regional or general anesthesia. You will be comfortable and unable to recall the surgery from this point on.
All surgery is performed by Dr. Leone. The surgery is not delegated to anyone else.
At the end of your surgery, your incision will be meticulously closed with a running suture (as opposed to conventional staples). In our experience this suturing technique provides a superior seal and extra protection against infection. It is performed like plastic surgery, using a single stitch. Even the surgical dressing is unique: it is a sterile covering applied in the OR that allows the incision to breathe. This means it can remain in place for several days after your surgery.
After the surgery is completed, you will be transferred to the postoperative anesthesia care unit (PACU).
We have a dedicated team with years of experience that will help you choose the right options for your personal situation.
The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Dr. Leone offers minimally invasive surgical procedures in order to allow patients to heal faster, experience less pain, and get back to life as soon as possible.