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Before and After

Before and After Your Surgery at Blount Memorial

Helpful information and important instructions for surgical patients

To make your experience with us as stress-free as possible, we’ve created a helpful booklet, Before and After Your Surgery. We encourage you to download and review the information before your procedure. Here’s a quick overview of what’s inside.

Pre-Surgery Checklist

Your surgeon will give you a checklist with specific instructions about eating, taking medications and what to bring to the hospital on the day of your procedure. Follow the checklist exactly to help prevent delays or the need to reschedule.

Surgery Day Patient Guidelines

Before coming to the hospital, every surgical patient is required to:

  • Bathe or shower.
  • Remove all make-up, deodorant, lotion, perfume and nail polish (If you have acrylic nails, do not apply polish).
  • Brush teeth and clean your mouth thoroughly without swallowing any water, toothpaste or mouthwash. Wear your dentures to the hospital, and give them to your support person once you arrive.
  • If you wear contact lenses, wear them and bring a lens case or wear your glasses.
  • Remove all jewelry, including wedding rings and any body piercings.
  • Do not wear any hair accessories containing metal.
  • If you are having an outpatient procedure, wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that will be easy to put on after surgery.
  • Give any personal belongings to your support person.

Information to Share with Support People, Family and Visitors

When you sign in at the surgery family waiting room, you will receive:

  • a beeper to give to your support person when it is time for you to go to the holding area
  • a confidential patient identification code protecting your identity
  • patient tracking code instructions explaining how to follow your progress through all stages of surgery on the electronic surgical tracking board

In addition to your designated support person, you may have additional family or friends in the waiting room. When the procedure is complete, the surgeon will come to the waiting room to update your support person.

After Your Surgery

Following surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room. A nurse will monitor your condition closely and give you pain medication as needed. Since you may feel sleepy, dizzy and/or forgetful, no one is allowed to visit you in the recovery room. When your condition is stable, you will be moved to the discharge area if you are an outpatient or to your assigned hospital room if you are an inpatient. Outpatients typically stay in the discharge area for about one hour and may have one visitor at a time.


Call your surgeon to discuss any questions or concerns related to your surgical procedure. If you have any questions about preparing for your surgery, call 865-977-5761 (Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or 865-977-4666 (Saturday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)


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