State of the Art Surgical Care
Our surgeons have been instrumental in bringing the latest minimally invasive techniques to Louisiana. This includes treatment of aneurysmal disease, carotid disease, as well as critical limb ischemia. Over 1000 procedures are performed by our vascular surgeons each year.
Preparation for Surgery
Here are some recommendations for personal items to make your hospitalization more comfortable.
- Inpatient Clothing – Hospital gowns are recommended since they provide easy access for hospital staff to evaluate surgical wounds and can often become soiled during the hospital course. Pajamas, nightgowns, and robes are permitted so long as they do not interfere with surgical sites. It is recommended
- Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc. Electrical equipment such as hairdryer, radios, razors, etc. may need to be evaluated by the hospital engineering department prior to its use.
- Personal Items – Cell phones, eyeglasses, dentures and hearing aids. Denture cups are available upon request. Take care not to leave any items on your food trays or on your bed as they may get lost. Don’t forget to bring your phone charger.
- What not to Bring – We encourage you to leave all valuables, such as large sums of money, jewelry and credit cards, at home. If necessary, money and small valuables may be stored with hospital security and reclaimed upon discharge.
Day of Surgery
Arriving at the Hospital
When you arrive at the hospital, you will be directed to the Pre-Op area. You will be given a hospital gown to wear. All clothing and other valuables should be given to your family members or the person who accompanies you. If you are unaccompanied, please tell your nurse, who can have your items locked up prior to surgery.
If You are an In-Hospital Patient
If you are already hospitalized, you will be given your approximate time of surgery the evening prior to your operation. Family members and friends may arrive before the operation and stay with you up until the time you are taken to surgery. Give all belongings to your family to take home with them, because you may not return to the same room after your surgery.
If you are unaccompanied, please tell your nurse, who can have your items locked up in Patient and Guest Services prior to your surgery. Your unit nurse and patient assistant will verify your identity before surgery by checking the identification bracelet on your wrist. You will then be transported to the operating room suite.
Discharge Planning – Case management and Social Workers
- Assess your discharge needs and make necessary arrangements
- Answer questions on financial assistance and provide support