Surgery Information

Prepare for Your Operative Procedure

Prior To Admission

Our pre-certification staff will contact you before your procedure to discuss insurance benefits and potential financial obligations. If you have not been contacted within 2 to 3 days before your procedure, you may call our Patient Accounts Office at (337) 769-4271 with any questions or concerns. If you have an advance directive, living will or health proxy completed, please bring these documents with you to the hospital. If you do not have one, information is available upon request at the time of your admission.

Before your Procedure

Please call 769-4100 to schedule an appointment with our PreAdmit Department. Although an appointment is not necessary, you may have to wait if one is not scheduled. If our hours of operation do not fit your needs, please call and we will arrange a time that fits into your schedule


Your doctor may have you complete a PreAdmit visit for a nursing assessment, labs, x-rays and/or an EKG at the hospital before the day of your procedure. If tests are not ordered by your doctor, one of our nurses will call you the day before your surgery to get information about your past medical history.


Monday – Thursday

9:30am – 5:30pm


6:45am – 2:00pm

Shortly before your scheduled procedure, a representative from our facility will call to confirm details of your visit. If we can’t reach you, make sure to call us no later than the day before surgery. We’ll need to know about current and past medical conditions, current medications and allergies. This is also the perfect opportunity to discuss any questions or special needs you may have.

  • A nurse will tell you when to stop eating and drinking before your procedure.
  • If you routinely take any medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, ask your physician if it’s okay to take the day of your procedure.
  • For female patients, let your doctor know if there’s any chance you could be pregnant.
  • As a precaution, you should leave valuables like watches, jewelry and wallets at home.
  • Tell your physician if there’s any change in your health (cold, fever, sore throat, etc.).
  • Stay safe! Plan to have an adult drive you home afterwards, as you will not be permitted to drive.

Click the button to download the pre-operation and post-operation instructions for Lafayette Surgical Specialty Surgical Hospital.

We will call you after 1:00pm on the day before your surgery to let you know what time to arrive the next morning. If you do not hear from us by 4:00pm, please call us at (337) 769-4221, (337) 769-4222, or (337) 769-4161 after hours. Do NOT drink or eat ANYTHING after midnight unless otherwise instructed. Do NOT chew gum or eat candy on the day of your surgery.

Day of Surgery / Procedure:

  • Make sure to arrive on time so we can help you with all necessary admission procedures.
  • You’ll need your insurance and a photo ID (e.g. driver’s license) for admissions. If you need to make special financial arrangements, simply give us a call prior to admission.
  • Bring ALL of your medications with you to the hospital! Do NOT take any medications including insulin or medications for diabetes.  ONLY the following medications may be taken on the morning of your surgery with a small sip of water if scheduled as a morning dose:
    • Heart or Blood Pressure Medications, but do NOT take diuretics (fluid pills)
    • Anticovulsant Medications (seizure
  • Bring ALL paperwork your doctor may have given you, such as test results or medical history.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes. If you are having surgery on your arm, wear a large, button-front shirt with wide sleeves. If you are having knee or leg surgery, wear shorts or pants with an elastic waste and a very wide leg.
  • When you arrive, we’ll provide a gown for you to change into, and will need you to remove all jewelry, contact lenses, dentures and any prosthesis.


  • Children may have clear liquids such as pedialyte or apple juice up to 2 hours prior to their arrival time to the hospital. Do NOT give milk or formula.
  • Your child may bring a security item (a special blanket or stuffed animal) and a favorite sippy cup or bottle to drink from after his/her procedure. As soon as the patient is aware and alert, parents will be allowed to stay with the child in the post-operative area once the child leaves the recovery area (PACU).

In the Recovery Area

  • Immediately following your procedure, we’ll move you to a recovery area where we can monitor you until you’re discharged, usually within 1-3 hours after surgery. At this time, it’s normal to feel some discomfort at the surgery site, as well as some drowsiness or dizziness, depending on what anesthesia you received.

Recovering at Home

  • • Before you’re discharged, your surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to care for yourself at home. For the first 24 hours following your procedure, you should avoid strenuous activity, alcoholic beverages, driving and having to make critical decisions. Within a day or two after your procedure, we’ll follow up to ask how recovery is going; if you’re having any difficulty at all, let us know or contact your physician.
  • Finally, we’ll ask you to complete a simple questionnaire about the care you received at Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital, as we strive to continuously provide the highest level of care.


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My stay at Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital was the best. Everyone was compassionate and professional. I only suffered minimal pain. The food was excellent; the hospital was very clean and orderly. I’m very particular about cleanliness and the hospital met even my tough standards. Everyone was so kind. God Bless.

-Sharon, Lafayette, LA