Preparing 2 to 7 Days Before Your Surgery

During the Final Two Weeks Before Your Surgery You Will Need to Complete the Following:

1. Pre-register for Your Procedure and Verify Insurance

Once your procedure is scheduled at Nebraska Medicine, we will need to review your personal, contact, and insurance information. Please select only one of the following options to pre-register:

  • Online: To complete the online registration process, visit our registration page
  • By phone: Call 402.552.3251 (toll-free 800.552.8802) to pre-register by phone between the hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Using this option works best if you have questions

2. Complete a Pre-surgical Screening Call

This screening may help to prevent any unnecessary delays or a cancellation of your surgery.  The screening may take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.  The length of the call will depend on your health history and number of medications you are taking. 

For surgery scheduled at the Nebraska Medical Center, Village Pointe or Fritch Surgery Center, your Pre-surgical Screening can be completed by calling 402.552.2493 (or toll-free 800.552.8802) from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For patients at Bellevue, call 402.763.3451 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Please ask to speak with a nurse.   

During the call please be ready to review the following information:

  • The date of your procedure
  • The procedure you are having
  • Who will be with you the day of your surgery and who will be caring for you at home after discharge
  • Medical health history, including past surgeries with dates, if applicable
  • Current medicines and allergies
  • Information regarding any pre-operative work-up you have had or will be having before your surgery
  • The names of the physicians involved in your care
  • Review of the instructions you have been given by your doctor or surgeon as well as additional education about your stay
  • The make and model number of any implanted device you may have, such as a pacemaker, defibrillator or brain stimulator
  • Isolation needs
  • Any other special instructions

Note: If you are unable to speak with a pre-surgical screening nurse by 5:30 p.m. the day before your surgery, please call 402.552.3224 before 10 p.m. the night before your surgery. Ask to speak to the lead nurse.

 

3. Complete a Pre-anesthesia Screening

  • Depending on your health history and risks for surgery, your surgeon may schedule you for an appointment in the Pre-anesthesia Screening (PAS) Clinic, prior to the day of your procedure. This will allow anesthesia staff to meet with you, review your health history, risks for anesthesia and make sure that appropriate testing has been done. There is no extra cost for this evaluation, other than any needed labs or diagnostic testing that may be done
  • A pre-surgical screening nurse will be present at this appointment, so if you are scheduled for a PAS clinic appointment, you will not need to complete a pre-surgical screening call as previously stated
     
  • If you are scheduled for an appointment in the PAS clinic, please be prepared with this information:
    • Review all the same information as a pre-surgical screening call (listed above)
    • Have you, or will you be having a visit with your family doctor prior to surgery?
    • Have you had any laboratory work, or tests such as an electrocardiogram (EKG) or chest X-ray?
    • Please make sure to bring a full list of your medications and their dosages to this appointment

Where is the Pre-anesthesia Screening (PAS) Clinic?

  • The clinic is located in Clarkson Tower at the Nebraska Medical Center. Use the 42nd and Dewey Avenue entrance. For your GPS device, enter 4350 Dewey Ave., Omaha,  68105
  • Take advantage of complimentary valet parking Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., which is available at the main entrance of Clarkson Tower
  • For self-park, please use the orange parking surface lot near the main entrance at 42nd Street and Dewey Avenue
  • Once inside the front door of Clarkson Tower, the PAS Clinic is on your right, before the Clarkson Gift Shop
  • You may get a phone call the day before your visit to remind you of the visit and to gather some basic information about any testing that may have been done at other hospitals

4. Medications Before Surgery

  • It is important to get instructions regarding medications from your doctor, surgeon or anesthesia staff.  While it is important to hold some medications, it may be important to continue others up to and even the morning of surgery
  • Diabetic medication instructions should come from the doctor that prescribes those medications, your surgeon or the anesthesia staff if you have an appointment in the Pre-Anesthesia Screening Clinic