NHRMC Surgery Navigation Center
The Surgery Navigation Center has been designed to make sure you understand your surgical procedure and what you need to do to recover as fully and quickly as possible. We will communicate clearly what you need to know about our pre-screening process, your specific surgical procedure and what you can expect before, during and after surgery.
What to Expect
Before your procedure, a Surgery Navigation Nurse will call to set up any interviews, appointments, or testing that you might need. You might need only a phone interview to gather information about your medical history. Or, you might need to come to the Surgery Navigation Center to be seen by a nurse and/or physician. Your nurse will help plan your pre-operative care and may require further testing based on your medical history or your individual procedure.
In addition to medical evaluation, you will receive pre-surgery instructions and information about your surgery. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions.
How to Prepare and What to Bring
- Photo identification
- All over-the-counter and prescription medications in their original containers
- Insurance information
- Any papers that your surgeon or physician has given you to bring
- A copy of your living will or health care power of attorney if you wish to have it scanned into your medical record
- Sign up for NHRMC MyChart
Safety Precautions Before Your Surgery
It is important to stay as healthy as possible before any surgical procedure. If you are ill or have a fever, your surgeon may need to reschedule your surgery.
To help protect your health before your surgery, you are advised to take some steps to help avoid being exposed to illnesses.
Beginning 14 days before (or if your procedure is scheduled within the next 14 days, now until the day of surgery):
- Avoid leaving your home unless it is absolutely necessary – for example, for required medical appointments
- Ask a loved one or friend to run errands for you
- Wear a mask if you must leave your home
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from others when in public
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer especially after touching surfaces outside the home
- Monitor your temperature twice a day and call your doctor if it is 100° F or higher
If you develop symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath, immediately call you primary care provider for evaluation and guidance on next steps.