Surgical Navigation

Preparing for your surgery

There are several things you will need to do in the days before surgery to prepare for your procedure. Don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience if you have questions about how to prepare for surgery.

  • Please arrange for a responsible person to bring you to the hospital on the day of your surgery. That person will also need to receive your discharge instructions after your surgery and drive you home. You should arrange for someone to stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery.

  • If registration has not contacted you prior to your appointment, please call them at 207.973.8900 or 1.888.973.8900 between 7 am and 7 pm, Monday though Friday.

  • A nurse will call you prior to your surgery to review your health history, confirm your time, review your pre-surgery instructions, and answer any questions you may have. Please have a list of your medications, including dosage and frequency, available during this call.

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  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours before or after surgery.

  • Do not chew gum or eat candy after midnight the night before your surgery or the morning of your surgery.

  • Do not eat solid food after midnight the night before your surgery or the morning of your surgery.

  • You may drink apple juice, water, black coffee, and black tea until two hours before your surgery unless instructed otherwise by your physician or surgeon.

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  • Do not give your child soup or solid food after midnight the night before surgery or the morning of surgery. However, small children scheduled in the afternoon may have dry toast or crackers until eight hours prior to surgery.

  • Do not give your child candy or gum the night before or the morning of surgery. Infant formula or cow’s milk may be given up to six hours before surgery.

  • Breast milk may be consumed up to four hours before surgery.

  • Your child may drink apple juice, water, and Pedialyte until two hours before surgery.

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  • Bring a list of medications you are currently taking. If you use an inhaler, please bring it with you. If you use a CPAP machine and will be an inpatient after your surgery, please bring it with you. Otherwise, please do not bring medications unless asked to do so by our staff.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes and bring minimal changes of clothing.

  • For children, consider bringing a stuffed toy, blanket, or iPad. Adults may also consider bringing small electronic devices.

  • Bring cases for your glasses, contact lenses, dentures, and/or hearing aids. You will not be able to wear them during surgery.

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  • Do not wear jewelry or body piercings. You may need to remove your wedding band depending on the type of surgery planned.

  • Do not use scented deodorant, scented skin cream, perfume/cologne, nail polish, or dental adhesive. Visiting friends and family should also avoid wearing scented deodorant, scented skin cream, and perfume/cologne.

  • Please leave valuables at home.

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Surgical Patient Reception

Arrive at the Main Entrance of Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, 489 State Street in Bangor. For convenience, you may drop your vehicle with our free valet parking service.

Proceed to the Penobscot Pavilion elevators in the main lobby. If you need assistance with directions or a wheelchair, please stop at the information desk just inside the Main Entrance.

Take the elevator to Level 3 and follow the signs to Surgical Patient Reception. Our receptionist will welcome you and check you in. If you have any questions the day of your procedure, please call the reception desk at 207-275-0939.

Important Note:

We do everything possible to keep your appointment time, but we sometimes have to make last-minute changes to the schedule. Please make sure we have your alternate contact information so we can keep you informed of any changes. Thank you for your help in ensuring a positive experience!

The Surgical Navigation Department is here to serve you as you prepare for surgery. If we can be of assistance, please contact us.

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