Helpful Phone Numbers
Acute Care Pavilion
Edwards Outpatient Surgical Pavilion
You will receive an automated call the day before your scheduled surgery to give you the time of your procedure and the time you are expected to arrive at the hospital. (If your procedure is scheduled on a Monday, your automated call will come on the Friday before.)
Please listen carefully to the entire call. If the call is not clear or you do not receive a call, you may call one of the following numbers, depending on where you procedure is to take place.
Be sure to follow these pre-procedure instructions:
Someone must pick you up after the procedure, drive you home and remain with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure. This is very important for your safety. You cannot drive yourself or be left alone. If you do not arrange for transportation home, we will not be able to perform your procedure. The day before your procedure, make sure the person who is bringing you home is available and knows your schedule.
It’s especially important to create a relaxed, comfortable environment for children scheduled for procedures at AAMC. We encourage you to discuss procedures with your child to ease concerns or worries.
A patient advocate is available if you have any questions about your family member who is having a procedure. Please call 443-481-4820.
A patient advocate is available if you have any questions about your family
member who is having a procedure. Please call 443-481-4820.
You will be greeted at our front desk and a customer service representative will register you for surgery. You will be asked to verify information you provided during your pre-procedure call. We ask that you show your driver’s license or identification card, and provide your current health insurance information.
Once you are registered, your family member or another individual you designate will be given a pager and asked to wait in the waiting area. You will be taken into our pre- procedure area to prepare for your procedure.
A Patient Care Technician will take your height, weight and vital signs, and you will change into a hospital gown. Valuables should be given to a family member, but if no one is available at this time to take them, they can be placed in a locker for you.
A technician or a nurse will start an intravenous line (IV) that will be used to administer medications. When this and any necessary blood work is done, you will be interviewed again by a pre-op nurse. This is to assure that all of your information is correct. Your family will be brought back to wait with you until you are taken to surgery.
Just Before Surgery
Before going into the operating room, your surgeon, anesthesiologist (if you are getting anesthesia) and a circulating nurse from the operating room will talk to you about your procedure, answer your questions and alleviate any concerns you may have. They will confirm the procedure and verify your consent. Your surgeon will mark the site of your surgery if appropriate.
Your anesthesiologist then will administer medication to you through your IV. This medication may make you feel sleepy and you may not remember or be aware of being taken to the operating room.
Your family and friends will return to the waiting area. They will be given updates periodically and be told when you are taken to the recovery room. If your child is having surgery, in most cases one parent may go into the operating room until the child is asleep.
When surgery is completed, you will be taken to the recovery area. At first, you are connected to a heart monitor, your vital signs are taken, and your pain level assessed. Medication will be given to you as needed to control your pain. Your doctor will speak to your family while you are recovering. Once your vital signs are stable and your pain is manageable, your family may be able to join you.
If you have had an outpatient procedure, discharge instructions will be given to your family member or designated individual. If you are staying overnight or longer in the hospital, you will be moved to an inpatient room to continue your recovery with us.
After you return home, you will receive a post-procedure phone call from one of our nurses to check how you are doing and answer any questions you may have.
Anne Arundel Medical Center respects your privacy and follows the regulations outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). When you are here for surgery, we will give information about you only to those family members or individuals you have designated.