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Pre-Operative Testing

Many insurance companies are specific regarding where your pre-operative testing should be done. Be sure to check on this with your insurance carrier. KishHealth System hospitals are happy to provide your pre-operative testing so all necessary results are available to the hospital the day before your scheduled surgery. Pre-operative testing may include:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • X-rays
  • EKG (electrocardiogram)

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Pre-Admission Interview

A member of the KishHealth pre-admission nursing staff will contact you within one week prior to your surgery to start your pre-operative assessment. If the time of the call is inconvenient for you, the nurse will schedule a more convenient time for the interview.

  • Pre-admission interview takes about 30 minutes
  • Can be done over the phone or at the hospital
  • A nurse asks questions about your health to help our staff know you better and to provide you with personal care.
  • If you have been a patient at Kishwaukee Hospital or Valley West Hospital before, your information may simply need to be updated.
  • Have your medication list available (with dosages).

You will be given instructions regarding what medications to take the morning of your surgery based on this information. View printable medication list organizer.

A number of healthcare related documents are also available for download.

Day of Surgery To Do List

Printable checklist (PDF)

  • Call your physician if you develop any cold or flu symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or exposure to infectious diseases) or any other medical problems before your surgery.
  • Avoid the following:
    • Alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your surgery
    • Smoking or chewing tobacco after midnight the day before surgery
    • Eating or drinking after midnight the night before surgery, unless otherwise directed. This includes mints, chewing gum, and hard candy.
    • Bathe or shower the night before or the morning of your surgery. If you wash your hair, make sure it is completely dried.
    • Brush your teeth and/or use mouthwash (but do not swallow the water).
    • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. Remove all body piercings. Avoid makeup, jewelry, contact lenses, or metal hair clips the day of surgery. Leave money and jewelry at home.
    • Bring your medication list with you. Contact your physician prior to the day of surgery for instructions on how to manage your diabetes on the day of surgery. Take the medications that you have been told to take with a sip of water only. If you cannot bring a list of all your medications, bring your medications with you in their original bottles. Make sure to inform your surgeon and anesthesiologist before surgery of any drugs you take that are not prescribed for you, or if you drink alcohol (liquor, wine, or beer) regularly. Remember, all information of this type is confidential but important to share with your surgeon and anesthesiologist.
    • Bring glasses and hearing aids if you rely on them. Wear dentures and/or partials. They may or may not be removed for surgery, depending on the type of surgery you are having.
    • Bring a copy of your Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, if applicable.
    • Arrive at the time given to you by the nurse. Park in the main parking lot and enter through the Main Entrance. Stop at the Registration Desk in the Front Lobby.
    • Make arrangements for a responsible adult (18 years or older) to take you home after surgery and to stay with you for 24 hours. While you are waiting for surgery in the preoperative areas, you may have two family members or companions with you.


If you have questions prior to the pre-admission nursing staff contacting you, please call:

Kishwaukee Hospital
815.756.1521 ext. 158936
Valley West Hospital
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