Hospital Visit Prep - Ascension Elmbrook Hospital - Ascension Wisconsin

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Preparing for Your Visit

Thank you for choosing Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital - Elmbrook Campus as your health care provider. Whether you are coming to us for a lab test, imaging exam, diagnostic test, inpatient care or surgical procedure, we are committed to providing you with the highest level of quality care and clinical excellence, all while being sensitive to your time and personal needs.

For most tests or exams you will be given pre-arrival information from either the person who scheduled you or from our pre-registration associates. They will let you know where to park and how to find the department you will be going to. For some services, such as mammography or skin and laser services, you may be instructed to report directly to the department for your exam. For others, you will be asked to check in with our Admitting Department, which is located on the second floor, south end. There, your information will be confirmed and you will receive any necessary paperwork and identifying wrist bands.

Preparing for a Surgical Procedure

If you are coming to Ascension Elmbrook Hospital for a surgical procedure, our skilled staff will strive to provide excellent care during the duration of your stay. The following information will give you and your family a brief summary of what to expect before, during, and after surgery. 

Pre-Admission Interview

The health care providers at Elmbrook Hospital need to know your medical history and current state of health. Knowing this information will assist them in delivering the best and safest care possible. 

A nurse will call you during the week before your surgery for pre-registration information and answer any of your questions or concerns. 

If you prefer, you may call us first at your convenience at 262-785-2255.

Our hours are Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5:15 pm.

The nurse will ask you questions about your medical history, medications, allergies, the surgeries you have had, as well as any medical conditions you are being treated for. The nurse will give you important instructions about your procedure and inform you of medications you can take the morning of surgery. 

Pre-Admission Testing

Your doctor may order testing before surgery. If testing is to be done at Elmbrook Hospital, please call Central Scheduling at 414-527-5000. 

Our hours are Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 8 pm. 

Be sure to schedule appropriate appointments as soon as your surgery is scheduled. If testing is to be done at your doctor’s office or clinic, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible and request that results are faxed to Elmbrook Hospital. All testing results must be on your chart 24 hours before surgery.


Certain medications, including herbal products, over-the-counter products, and prescription medicines can cause serious complications during and after surgery. It is important to talk to your doctor and nurse before any surgical procedure about all medications you take.

  • Avoid ALL herbal supplements for two weeks before surgery (kava, valerian, ephedrine, ginseng, garlic, etc.).
  • Talk to your surgeon if you use blood thinners, aspirin, or anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Do not stop taking prescription medicine without first consulting your physician.

Dietary Restrictions

You should have nothing to eat or drink EXCEPT water after midnight the day before your surgery. You may take normally prescribed medications, unless advised by your physician not to. Discontinue water four hours before your procedure. Have nothing more to eat or drink. You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. Do not swallow any water. 

The Day of Your Procedure

You should shower or bathe the evening before or the morning of your surgery. You may be told to shower or scrub the surgical area with an antibacterial soap. Dress comfortably in clothes that are easy to remove. Shoulder surgery patients should bring a large loose button down shirt to wear home. Do not wear any cosmetics or nail polish.

Free parking is available at all times. Please park on the lower level of the parking structure (follow signs to Admitting/Emergency).

Check in at the same day surgery center waiting room, A200, at the time you are instructed. You will be taken to your private room and given a gown to wear. Your blood pressure, pulse, respirations, and temperature will be checked. You may have additional tests and an IV may be started in your arm. The anesthesiologist will discuss your anesthesia and answer any questions you may have before going into your surgery, and you may be given medication to help you relax and make you drowsy. While you are in surgery, your family will wait in the day surgery waiting room. They will be notified when your surgery is completed.

As part of our healing environment at Elmbrook Hospital, we are proud that all of our same day surgery registered nurses are also certified as Level 1 Holistic Practitioners. This means that we are committed to providing all of our patients and their families with a multi-rounded approach to treatment which embraces the mind, the body and the spirit.

Recovery Room

After surgery you may go to the recovery room where your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing will be watched closely. For a short time you may receive oxygen. You will be asked to breathe deeply and cough. When you are awake and your blood pressure, pulse, and respirations are stable, you will be taken to your room.

After Surgery

Once in your room, you will be cared for until you are ready to be discharged. You will be discharged with written home care instructions, along with any prescriptions your doctor may have written for you. If you would like your prescriptions filled at Elmbrook Hospital's Retail Pharmacy (located on the 3rd floor), please let your nurse know in advance. You will need your insurance cards and a method of payment (cash, credit card or prescription drug card).

Because of the effects of medication and anesthesia, you may not drive yourself home after surgery. It is important that you make plans to have another responsible adult drive you home. Also, you are strongly encouraged to have an adult stay with you the evening of your surgery. A nurse will call you in one or two days to see how you are feeling.

Things to Remember

  • Your insurance company must pre-certify your surgery, so carefully follow the instructions on your insurance card.
  • Depending upon your insurance plan, you may be asked to pay your deductible or co-pay on or before the day of your surgery.
  • Do not wear any make-up, lotions, perfumes, powder, or jewelry.
  • You must remove dentures, glasses, and contact lenses before most surgeries.
  • If you have an Advanced Directive (living will or Power of Attorney for Healthcare) please bring a copy with you on the day of your surgery. It will be put in your chart.
  • Bring inhalers, C-PAP machine, eye drops, and crutches/walker if applicable.
  • If a blood bank bracelet is placed on your wrist, do not remove it.

For More Information

The Elmbrook Hospital surgical team is committed to making you feel comfortable with all aspects of your care. For more information about your surgery or to get answers to your questions, please call 262-785-2255.

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