Day of Surgery

Follow the preop nurses instructions for when to stop eating or drinking before your surgery. If you do not follow these instructions exactly, your surgery will be cancelled because of the high risk of aspirating something from your stomach into your lungs during surgery. When you arrive to the surgery center, check in at the front desk and then take a seat in the waiting room. One of the nurses will call your name when it is time to get ready. You will change into a gown and wear this over your underwear. You will get an IV and your vitals will be taken. The nurse will ask you many repetitive questions again to make sure we are doing the correct operation in the correct location. You will mark the site of your surgery with your initials with a marker. If you are scheduled for a nerve block, you will be taken to a special area where the nurse and anesthesia provider will give you the nerve block. Dr. Codsi will see you in this area and mark your surgical site next to the initials that you wrote on your skin. Then you will be taken back to the operating room.

Most surgeries run on time, but it is not uncommon for your surgery to be delayed. Please remember that we cannot always predict the time it will take to perform a surgery. Every patient is different, and Dr. Codsi will never cut corners in order to keep the schedule on time. We do the best we can to predict accurate schedules. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this stressful waiting period.

After your surgery, you will recover in a private area until you wake up. The nurse will help you get dressed and put on a sling if needed. Then you will be moved to another area where you will meet your family. You will have something to eat and drink and recover until you are safe to go home.

If you are having surgery in a hospital, you will recover by yourself in the recovery room. When you are alert and your vital signs are stable, you will go up to your hospital room where you will see your family.

What to bring and wear the day of surgery

Shower the morning of surgery. Dry your hair thoroughly, but do not use hair-styling products, makeup, nail polish, lotions, deodorants or perfume.

Take any medications you were instructed to take by your physician or the Pre-Op Clinic nurse with only a sip of water.

Do not wear any jewelry, including rings and piercings. Jewelry is not allowed in our operating room for safety reasons, and we cannot be responsible for it. Jewelry too tight to remove may be cut off.

Do not bring electronics, valuables or items beyond a few comfortable clothes.

Dentures, glasses and/or contact lenses must be removed prior to your procedure; bring a container for storage.

Wear loose fitting, warm, comfortable clothing and shoes that are easy to get on and off. No flip-flops, please. Wear a loose t-shirt that is easy to get on and off. Do not wear jeans or any tight fitting pants. Sweat pants or anything that you can pull up with one hand is recommended.

Bring any special medical equipment that you use, such as crutches, walker, etc.

If you have sleep apnea and have a CPAP, bring the mask with you.

If you have an advance directive, bring a copy with you.


Kemp Surgery Center

The Everett Clinic’s Trask and Kemp Ambulatory Surgery Centers specialize in outpatient, same-day surgery. With more than 20,000 procedures a year, our Surgery Centers offer fully-equipped operating suites using the latest technology with the highest caliber surgeons and surgical staff. Our recovery rooms provide comfortable environment to make your stay as stress-free as possible. Both Surgery Centers continue to receive exceptional patient feedback for the caring, individualized attention they provide.


Evergreen Hospital

Evergreen offers a comprehensive range of surgical services, from progressive robot-assisted and minimally invasive procedures to complex neurosurgery to placement of children’s ear tubes and tonsillectomies.

They provide the Eastside community with surgical services that are technologically advanced and conveniently located close to home.

Evergreen’s surgical services embody the hospital’s commitment to breadth and depth of expertise in an atmosphere of compassionate care. Surgeons work with highly technologically trained anesthesiologists, nursing and support staff to ensure unsurpassed care and support for both patients and their families.