Preparing for Surgery
A pre-operative nurse may contact you prior to your surgery date to gather preliminary health information. Please remember:
- No eating or drinking after midnight the night before your surgery.
- Valuables or other important items should be left at home.
If you have questions before surgery, please call (317) 415-7850.
Shared Medical Records
St.Vincent Women’s Hospital has a patient-centered approach to the
sharing of medical information. We encourage you, the patient, to become
an informed, active participant in your care and treatment.
- If you wish to view your medical records, please make a request to your primary nurse.
- It is our policy to inform your physician of such requests.
- If access is approved by your physician, your health care
professional will arrange a convenient time to meet with you and review
Arriving at the Hospital
Upon arrival at St.Vincent Women's Hospital, our admissions staff
will ask for photo identification and insurance information, if
applicable. Note that we offer financial counselors to assist with any
questions regarding your bill or payment options. For more information
please call Customer Service at (317) 338-9035.
After admission, our Surgical Services Patient Liaison will
escort you and your care partner to the Surgical Unit. Your care
partner will be asked to wait in the family waiting area until your
Registered Nurse (RN) has completed your initial assessment. After the
preparation work is complete, your care partner will be able to re-join
you in the pre-operative area.
Surgical Services Patient Liaison
The Surgical Services Patient Liaison routinely makes rounds through
the operating rooms and recovery area, checking on the condition and
status of each patient. Our liaison will provide families with updates
and is also available by phone to answer questions between routine
rounds. Should you stay overnight with us, our liaison will visit with
you the morning following your surgery and throughout your stay. For
questions about our Surgical Services Patient Liaison, call (317)
Pre-Operative (Pre-Op) Preparation
During the Pre-Op phase, your nurse will complete physician orders
and required documentation. You will then meet your anesthesiologist and
surgical nurse. This is the time to ask questions and be reassured
about your surgical procedure.
During your procedure, your family can wait in the family waiting
area, where local phone access and free Wi-Fi is available. Your surgeon
will meet with your care partner upon completion of your surgery.
After surgery, you will be taken to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
(PACU). PACU nurses are specially trained to care for patients who are
recovering from anesthesia. If you are experiencing pain or nausea,
medication is available for your comfort. You will stay in the PACU for
one to two hours after your surgery. Visitors are not allowed in the
PACU, so your family will wait in the family waiting area until you
leave the PACU. Your family will be updated on your recovery by the Surgical Services Patient Liaison.
If you are an outpatient, discharge instructions will be given and
you will be released to your family by the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
(PACU) nurse to rest comfortably at home. If you are an inpatient, you
will be taken to your room on the surgical unit and your family will be
notified that you have left the PACU area.
At St.Vincent Women's Hospital, our goal is to make you as
comfortable as possible after your surgery. Pain after surgery is to be
expected, but with current treatments it can be controlled.
Pain management can help you:
- Enjoy greater comfort while you heal
- Get well faster
- Improve your results - people whose pain is well-controlled seem to recover better
- Avoid some post-operative complications
We offer several pain management options including both drug and
non-drug treatments that can be successful in helping prevent and/or
control pain. Many people combine two or more methods to get greater
relief. Our Integrative Therapy
techniques support the effectiveness of pain medication. Discuss pain
control options with your doctors and nurses. Our patient centered
approach to healthcare gives you, along with your doctors and nurses,
the opportunity to design the best pain management plan for you.
At St.Vincent Women's Hospital we recognize the importance of family.
That's why our Surgical Unit supports patient-directed visitation – an
environment in which you will choose the visitation preferences that
best suit your needs. In each room, we offer sleeping accommodations*
for one adult to stay overnight with you and cell phones may be used in
patient rooms. Limit one adult per patient room per night. Children are not permitted to stay overnight.
We consider your visitors as honored guests - second only to you, our
patient. While we offer patient-directed visitation, based on the
preference and condition of our patients, we do request that all
visitors be respectful of other’s privacy and concerns for a quiet,
healing environment. While in the hospital, we ask that you speak
quietly and avoid unnecessary noise. Those with a cold, sore throat or
other communicable illness should delay visiting until they are well.
Smoking while on hospital property is prohibited. Note that St.Vincent
Women's Hospital reserves the right to restrict visitors based on
emergent public health concerns.
* A chair that opens into a bed or a long sofa that doubles as a bed.