To schedule a consultation with a surgeon at Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, please call 847.316.4517. Finding out that you need surgery can be stressful for you and your family. The highly skilled surgeons and support staff at Presence Saint Francis Hospital are here to put your mind at ease. From diagnosis through discharge, you can count on us for expert, compassionate care every step of the way.
Our experienced surgical teams offer superior care that’s close to home for people in Evanston and Skokie. People come to us for surgery for several reasons:
Our team of general surgeons also has expertise in minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic surgery, along with endoscopic and trauma coverage – plus the full gamut of abdominal operations for benign and malignant disease. Breast cancer treatment in the context of a breast center, thyroid/parathyroid disease, and MIS bariatric surgery are also areas of expertise.
Presence Saint Francis surgical teams include specialized operating room (OR) nurses, many of whom are OR certified.
• Nationally recognized for excellence: Our surgical programs have won certifications, accreditations and other recognitions, including:
• Latest advancements in surgical techniques: Our surgeons use minimally invasive robotic techniques, when appropriate, to perform delicate procedures in small spaces, such as hysterectomy, gallbladder removal and prostate surgery.
• Comfortable private rooms: If you need to stay in the hospital after your surgery, you’ll be in a private room with a sleeper sofa for a loved one to stay with you. We offer 24/7 visitation and a Founders’ Room, a welcoming space for your visitors’ comfort.
The information below will help you prepare for your surgery and to know what to expect the day of the procedure. If you have any questions, please call 847.316.4517.
Insurance and Legal Information
• Contact your health insurance company to find out how to obtain authorization for your upcoming procedure.
• Obtain copies of your advance directive, power of attorney and living will, if you have them, and bring them with you. Learn more about advance directives and these other legal documents by clicking here.
Within the 30 days before your surgery, you will need one or more pre-operative tests, including:
• Medical history and physical exam
• Lab tests
• EKG (electrocardiogram) to evaluate the electrical activity in your heart for any problems
• Clearance from your physicians for surgery
You can have your check-up for your medical history and physical exam either with your primary care physician (PCP) or at Pre-Admissions at Presence Saint Francis. We prefer that you have any other testing done at Pre-Admissions. Please call Pre-Admissions at 847.316.4517 to schedule an appointment for pre-operative tests.
• Medications: Check with your primary care provider or surgeon to find out what medications you should stop taking before surgery and when, and which medications you should take, with just a sip of water, on the day of your surgery.
• Pre-admission nursing assessment: A nurse will call you one week before your surgery to review your medications, review your health history and provide important information. We also call you the day before your surgery to confirm your arrival time and answer any questions.
• Online educational videos: We offer videos to help you understand what to expect before, during and after your surgery. We provide you an Emmi login either over the phone (during your nursing assessment) or via email.
Instructions for the Day Before Your Surgery
• Make arrangements for an adult to bring you to the hospital and take you home.
• Do not drink any liquids, including water, or eat anything, including candy or gum, after midnight the night before your surgery.
• Do not drink alcoholic beverages or smoke 24 hours prior to your procedure.
• Do not shave the surgical area before your surgery.
• The skin around your surgical site must be free of any rash, blemishes, cuts or insect bites. Please notify your surgeon if you develop any of these conditions before your surgery.
• If you develop a fever or cold or flu symptoms, or if you have a personal issue that will require you to cancel the day before your surgery, call your surgeon and Pre-Admissions at 847.316.4517.
Instructions for the Morning of Your Surgery
• Take a shower or bath before you arrive at the hospital.
• Remove all makeup, fingernail and toenail polish and jewelry, including body piercings.
• You can brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water.
• Do not use any lotion, cream, powder or deodorant on your body.
• Do not eat or drink anything, including water, unless you have been instructed by your physician to take certain medications with a sip of water.
• Do not smoke.
• Do not chew gum or suck on hard candy or mints.
• Please wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing.
• Keep in mind you will need to remove tampons, hairpieces, dentures, hearing aids, contact lenses, undergarments and any artificial limbs before we take you to the operating room.
What to Bring to the Hospital
Please bring these items on the day of your surgery:
• Your driver’s license or state identification card
• Your health insurance card(s), including supplemental insurance
• Referral and precertification forms
• Deductible and/or co-payment, if applicable
• Recent test results, X-ray films or other relevant forms that your primary care physician or surgeon has asked you to bring
• Cases for eyeglasses, contact lenses, dentures and hearing aids
• A list of all of your medications, including vitamins and herbal supplements, their frequency and their doses—or the medications themselves in their original containers
• Your documents for power of attorney, living will and advance directive, if you have them
What Not to Bring to the Hospital
Please leave jewelry, expensive watches, large amounts of cash, laptop computers and other valuables at home. We provide lockers for personal items that you need to bring, or you may give them to your adult companion. We are unable to store or accept responsibility for laptop computers, tablets or cell phones.
Arriving at the Hospital
• Parking: We offer free parking as follows:
• Where to go: You and your adult companion should enter through the front entrance or Entrance #1. Please go to the Patient Access/Admitting Department on the first floor to register.
• When to arrive: Arrive about 1.5 to 2 hours before your scheduled surgery to have time to register and prepare for surgery.
• Anesthesia: If you will be undergoing anesthesia for your procedure, you will meet with your anesthesiologist to discuss the anesthetic to be used, your health, your medications and other relevant information.
Throughout your hospital stay and surgery, our staff will verify important information as safety precautions for your protection. Some items they will ask about include:
• Your name
• What surgery or test you are having done
• Any allergies or unusual reactions
To help us ensure your safety, it’s important that you take the following actions:
• Tell someone on your surgical team if something does not seem right, you have a question or a concern, or something is being done or said that is different than what you have been previously told or understand.
• Tell the physician and staff about any allergies and unusual reactions you have had in the past to any medicines.
• Make sure all the doctors know about everything you are currently taking, including prescription medicine and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbs and health food supplements.
• Make sure you obtain and understand your home care instructions, including what to do about after effects from the surgery or side effects from your medication.
Waiting Room for Family and Friends
Your family and friends have several options for places to wait during your surgery, including:
• The waiting room located near the Outpatient Surgery area and the surgical suites for inpatient surgery
• The chapel on the first floor, where Mass is held daily at noon
• The hospital café on the first floor, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Founder’s Room In the waiting room, we provide vending machines and complimentary water, coffee and tea.
Recovery After Surgery
If you are having an outpatient procedure, we will take you either:
• To the recovery room (if necessary) before going back to the Outpatient Surgery department or
• Directly to the Outpatient Surgery department if you are not required to go to the recovery room
In both locations, our nurses carefully monitor your vital signs and pain level and provide pain medication as needed. Once you are in the Outpatient Surgery department, your loved ones can join you there. We provide you with a light snack and drink. If you are having inpatient surgery, we take you to the recovery room, where nurses will monitor your vital signs and pain level. Then you will be admitted to a hospital room, where your loved ones can visit you.
Discharge Instructions for Returning Home
Your nurse will review your discharge instructions with you and your family member and will give you a discharge packet with:
• Written instructions
• Follow-up information
• Medication prescriptions
• Emergency contacts
You or your family member should read this information carefully before you leave the hospital to make sure that you understand everything. Be sure to ask your physician or any staff member if any information is unclear. When you are ready to go home, we will escort you in a wheelchair to the East Lobby and discharge you into the care of your adult companion. Do not drive a car, operate machinery or do anything that requires your full concentration for at least 24 hours, unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon.