Preparing for Surgery

Your doctor has determined that you need surgery. Although you may feel some anxiety, surgery is a common medical procedure that can be made easier by approaching it with a positive attitude and learning what you need to know to recover rapidly.

To help you acquire this knowledge, your doctor's office has scheduled an appointment for you at the PACE Center.

What is PACE?

PACE (Pre-operative Assessment, Consultation, and Education) is a program designed to make it easy and convenient for you to have all your pre-operative tests conducted at one time and place. You will also receive all the information you will need to help hasten the healing process. Simply come to the PACE Center at your scheduled time and a team of health professionals will begin the process for preparing you for your procedure.

Who will be there?

The PACE staff is dedicated to making this process as convenient and comfortable as possible. You will work closely with a registered surgical nurse and an anesthesiologist to plan for your operation.

Depending upon the type of surgery, the team you work with may include a dietitian, physical therapist, respiratory therapist, and/or occupational therapist. Your PACE team can also make arrangements for you to speak to a financial counselor, if necessary. 

What will I learn?

You will receive specific instructions about what to do, and what not to do, before and after surgery. You will learn when you should stop eating and drinking, and which medicines are safe to take prior to your operation. Educational materials will detail the specific aspects of your surgical procedure.

Your PACE team can help you prepare for any post-operative needs, such as special ways your family may need to care for you at home. Your nurse will discuss how to communicate about, and cope with, post-surgical pain through a variety of treatments and technologies, including medication.

Physical and/or occupational therapy represents the road to recovery for many patients healing from surgery, and you will learn about how these therapies my help you.


Do I have to pre-register?

No, you do not have to worry about registration paperwork. Thanks to PACE, all your pre-operative registration procedures are handled by your doctor's office when your PACE appointment is scheduled. All you need to do is come to the Outpatient Care Center and check in with the receptionist at your scheduled time. The Outpatient Care Center is located through the Patient Entrance, off of Brown Street.

How can I help?

The following information helps your health care team develop a plan of care that best fits you. To help, please remember:

  • Print out the PACE questionnaire and bring the completed form with you to your appointment.
  • Bring a list of medications taken at home, including over the counter medications and herbal supplements.
  • Bring documentation of any implantable devices, such as pacemakers, internal metal rods or plates, and medication pumps.
  • Leave children in the care of a relative or friend so you can focus on learning without distractions.
  • Bring your insurance cards.
  • Bring any information given to you by your doctor about this procedure.
  • A list of your allergies to medication, food, environmental, or other things.
  • Let us know if you have any allergic reaction to latex or latex-containing products. Items such as gloves and catheters contain latex. Latex is a form of rubber. The nurse will have a set of questions to ask you if you are unsure of the allergy.
  • Bring a list of any questions you would like answered prior to your surgery.


Where do I go?

Enter the hospital through the patient entrance, just off of Brown Street. Greeters will direct you to the Outpatient Care Center. The receptionist at the window will take your information and let your nurse know you have arrived.

PACE for children

If your child is scheduled for surgery, please accompany him or her to PACE Print out the PACE Pediatric questionnaire and bring the completed form with you to your appointment.
Children are usually less anxious about surgery if the process is explained to them, which we will do in non-threatening terms they can easily understand. We will also take them on a tour of our facility to help them feel even more at ease.



You are the most important member of the surgery team. Consequently, our staff will make every effort to answer all your questions and work with you to provide comprehensive care for all your pre-operative needs.

If you have any questions before your PACE appointment, or if you will be unable to keep your appointment, please call (812) 522-0433. The scheduling receptionist will direct your call to the appropriate medical professional.

You are in good hands. Schneck Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest entity for assessing the quality of hospitals. The nurses and physicians in our surgery department are extraordinarily skilled, experienced, and caring. You will be in very good hands indeed.

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