Prior to surgery, you will meet with your surgeon and several other members of the team. We encourage you to bring a family member or caregiver to all of your pre-operative appointments. Come prepared by writing down questions.
Bring the following to your preoperative appointment(s):
- Picture identification (license, passport)
- Medication list
- Any paperwork that the surgeon’s office or other physician gave you to present to the surgery or anesthesia departments
- Advance Directive: Living Will / Healthcare Power of Attorney
Be ready to discuss the following:
- Risks and benefits of surgery
- Alternatives to surgery
- Allergies that you have
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications that you currently take
- Current and previous medical and surgical history
- Do you use alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs? (What you say is kept confidential.)
- Personal or family history of high fever or other complications during surgery
- Could you be pregnant?
At your Preoperative Center appointment:
- You will see a Registration representative first
- You will see a Nurse and Anesthesiology Department member
- A physical exam will be completed
- Our staff will provide education
- We will answer questions about what to expect during your hospital stay
- You may be sent for preoperative testing (for example, lab, x-ray, ekg)
- You will spend approximately 2 hours (Classes for total joint replacement patients will require more time.)
Pre-Operative Center Location:
Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner, 180 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, LA 70065
Check in on 1st Floor – Registration Department (Hospital Lobby Area)
A registration department staff member will assist you to the 2nd floor preoperative center department.
You may eat, drink, and take medications unless your doctor tells you not to.
During your pre-operative appointment, your surgeon or the anesthesiologist will determine the need for any testing. If you have any laboratory test or radiology studies at home, bring them to your appointment. Routine tests and procedures may be required to determine your state of health as well as compare previous results with your current health status.
Your anesthesia questionnaire and laboratory tests are reviewed by the anesthesia staff before your scheduled date of surgery. Depending on this review, you may be asked to see a physician in order to obtain medical clearance for your procedure. The goal of medical clearance is to ensure that you are in the best possible condition for your scheduled surgery. Clearance may involve further specific tests which may help clarify your risks for surgery and may result in a change to the type of anesthetic that your anesthesiologist chooses to administer.
Either at your surgeon's office or at the hospital, you will be asked to sign a document called “informed consent.” This provides confirmation that you and your surgeon have discussed the operation and alternative treatments, that you understand the potential risks and complications associated with the surgery, and that you have arrived at the decision to proceed at your own free will.
Health Care Proxy and Living Will
We encourage you to complete an advanced directive/living will, which appoints a trusted person to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. You can obtain this form by asking any member of the health care team.
If you have any additional questions or information that you forgot to mention at your appointment, please call 504-464-8240.
To download a pdf of Preoperative Preparation instructions, click here.