Day of Procedure
Preparing for Surgery
Whether your surgery is simple or complex, inpatient or outpatient, you’re in good hands at Weiss. These guidelines will help prepare you for what to expect the day of your surgery.
Learn what to expect the day of surgery.
Weiss Memorial Hospital
4646 N. Marine Drive
Chicago, IL 60640
What to Expect the Day of Your Procedure
Day of Surgery Check-in for Your Procedure
On the day of surgery, please stop in Admitting located on the 1st floor by the main entrance of the hospital. After checking in with admitting, you will be directed to the second floor reception desk where you will check in with our specialized surgical staff and be given instructions on next steps.
Once in the pre-procedural area, the nurse will provide you with a garment bag to store your belongings in a locked room. Please leave your valuables at home; Weiss will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. You will be oriented and prepared for your procedure. An anesthesia care provider will complete an assessment and answer any questions you may have. Your surgeon will see you in the pre-procedural area to answer any questions, obtain your consent for surgery and to mark your surgical site. You will then be taken back to the operating room.
When your procedure is complete, you will return to the recovery room to be observed. Recovery times vary depending on the type of surgery and anesthetic you received, but generally this process takes 1-2 hours. Upon discharge, your nurse will give you a pain medicine prescription and guidelines on incision care, diet, activity restrictions, when to call the doctor, and follow-up appointments.
Patient and Family Waiting Room
Family members may wait in the family waiting area, which is located on the second floor, near the A elevators. Television, a soft drink vending machine, a snack vending machine, coffee, and Wi-Fi access are available. Cell phones may be used in the family reception area, but please be respectful of others. Specialized Surgical staff will provide updates to your family members and assist them while at Weiss. Family members will receive update phone calls from the surgical team.
After Your Procedure
Your surgeon will speak to your family in the consultation room. Your family may see you once you return to the pre-procedural area or are taken to an inpatient room.
Weiss Memorial Hospital
Second Floor, A Elevator
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Committed to Our Community
Weiss Memorial Hospital has been serving Chicago’s North Side and surrounding communities for more than 60 years. We're a Joint Commission-accredited, 236-bed facility with more than 450 doctors and 800 staff members dedicated to exceptional health care.