As a Duke University Hospital surgery patient, you will receive excellent health care from a highly qualified team of professionals. We strive to protect your dignity during surgery and during your stay at Duke. Because you may be anxious about your forthcoming surgery, we have presented information that you will need to assist you through the surgical process.
Please call the day before your scheduled surgery: 919-684-4718 or 1-800-382-6238, Monday through Friday, except holidays, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for your surgical arrival time.
If surgery is scheduled on a day following a holiday, please call the day before the holiday. If your surgery is on Monday, please call on Friday for the surgical arrival time. You will speak with a registered nurse who will confirm your surgical arrival time to the Duke University Hospital.
The arrival time is the time you need to arrive at the Duke University Hospital to get ready for surgery. The nurse will ask where you are staying the night before surgery in case there is a need to contact you.
Please follow the instructions given to you by your surgeon or health team professional about your medication, skin care, and bowel preparations.
(for adults, 18 years of age and older)
Please note: Your surgery will be canceled if these instructions are note followed.
Call your surgeon's office or Duke University Hospital Perioperative Services at 919-684-4718 or 1-800-382-6238 if your health changes -- if you develop a cough, cold, fever, or chills, for example.
If your surgeon lets you go home the day of surgery, a responsible adult must drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
After surgery, most patients are admitted to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). The PACU is a critical care unit providing care and treatment to patients recovering from the effects of anesthesia.
Patient visitation must be limited to safely provide patient care and confidentiality. Visitation in PACU is permitted only for parents of children under 18 years of age.
To facilitate communication, PACU staff will inform waiting room staff of a patient's progress, room assignment, and other important updates. We would appreciate it if family members maintain communication with the waiting room staff. After your surgery, you will either be discharged or admitted to the hospital.
Please use the Duke University Hospital valet parking service or patient drop-off area in front of the Duke University Hospital.