Preparing For Surgery
Prior to your surgery
By this time you should be
clear about the nature of,
the reason for and the most likely outcome of your
surgery. You should
also be aware of the alternative forms of treatment and the possible
risks and benefits of the anticipated surgery. You should ask Dr. George
questions about any of the foregoing items if you are not clear.
Prior to your surgery it will be necessary to perform several tests to
be sure that you are in the best possible health. This means that Dr.
George will provide the hospital with your records. He will also order
laboratory tests and a chest x-ray and an EKG depending on your age and
health status. Be sure that you have informed us of allergies to
medication, your past surgery the medical problems for which you are
being treated and the dosage of all medication both prescribed and over
At times, it may be necessary to request a medical statement from your
primary care or specialist physician regarding the status of your
medical problem(s) and the safety of performing the anticipated surgery.
Laboratory tests may be performed by your primary care physician
or may be scheduled either in a laboratory or at the admission testing
center at the Washington Hospital Center, (202) 877-7169.You must make
arrangements for a responsible adult to transport you to and from the
hospital and to be available to assist you after surgery.
Day of Surgery
Remember that your surgery is scheduled for:
must not eat or drink anything after
prior to your surgery.
You must report to the Admission Testing Center, room A-101 at the
Washington Hospital Center two hours before the scheduled time so that
all records can be rechecked and final preparations made for your
You should inform Dr. George
of all medication that you regularly take and confirm whether it is
necessary and/or safe to
take it on
the morning of surgery. Remember to have available ID and insurance
surgery will be performed either on an out-patient basis, short stay
(overnight) or two nights. On rare occasions, surgery originally planned
as out-patient may be extended and admission to the hospital may become
necessary. If for any reason you change your mind or cannot get to the
hospital as required, you should notify us immediately by calling the
office at (202) 291-0039 or
answering service at (703) 894-2113.
Following surgery, you will be transferred to the recovery room and from
there you will be sent home or admitted to a unit at the hospital. Upon
discharge, you will receive written instructions regarding activity,
medication and follow up care.
Remember that you must have arrangements in place for a responsible
adult to transport you to and from the hospital and to assist you after
should read your post-operative instructions
carefully and comply with them. The
usual course following surgery is to progressively feel better. If you
are feeling worse, you should notify us by calling the office at
(202) 291-0039 or the
service at (703) 894-2113.
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John P.A. George MD
6323 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington DC 20011
Tel. (202) 291-0039
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