Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital

2900 North Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60657

Main hospital surgery: 773.665.3200

Presence Center for Advanced Care: 773.665.8661

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When you need surgery, you want a skilled team with experience in the latest techniques to provide the best possible outcome.    

At Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, you can rest assured that you’re in the hands of world-class experts.

Advanced Surgical Care in Lakeview

Our highly trained surgeons, nurses and support staff have expertise in many types of surgical procedures, from traditional, open surgery to minimally invasive techniques. You can rely on us for expert care with a compassionate touch. People in Lakeview and throughout the Chicago area choose us for several reasons:

  • Expert surgical teams: Our surgeons offer treatment in a wide range of specialties including gynecology, neurosciences, orthopedic and sports medicine, urology and weight loss. Our specialty-trained operating room (OR) nurses, many with additional certifications, are key members of your care team.
  • Advanced surgical techniques: We use minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgical techniques, when appropriate, to perform complex surgeries such as prostatectomy, hysterectomy and gastric bypass weight loss surgery.
  • Privacy and comfort: Our private inpatient rooms offer a restful setting to begin your recovery, with accommodations for a loved one to stay with you. For outpatient surgery, our facility in the Presence Center for Advanced Care provides a calm environment in a brand-new surgical unit.

Preparing for Your Surgery at Presence Saint Joseph

We’ve put together the following information to help you prepare for your surgery:

Insurance and Legal Issues

  • Check with your physician or your surgeon to make sure they have obtained authorization from your health insurance company 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.

Pre-Operative Tests

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
  • X-ray
  • 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 Joseph. We prefer that you have any other testing done at Pre-Admissions. Please call Pre-Admissions to schedule an appointment for pre-operative tests:

  • Main hospital: 773.665.3200
  • Presence Center for Advanced Care: 773.665.8661

Pre-Admission Information

  • Medications: Check with your PCP 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 1 to 2 days before your surgery to:
    • Review your medications and health history
    • Provide important information
    • Confirm your arrival time
    • 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:
    • Main hospital: 773.665.3200
    • Presence Center for Advanced Care: 773.665.8661

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: View a map and directions to our facilities and parking garages. We offer low-cost parking in these garages, depending on where your procedure will take place:
    • Main hospital: Parking garage 2
    • Presence Center for Advanced Care: Parking garage 4
  • Where to go:
    • Main hospital: You and your adult companion should enter through the main entrance (Entrance 1). Please go to the Patient Access/Admitting Department on the first floor to register if you are having inpatient surgery. Please go to the Outpatient Surgery area on the third floor if you are having outpatient surgery.
    • Presence Center for Advanced Care: You and your adult companion should enter through the main entrance on Surf Street. Please go to the Outpatient Surgery Center on the fifth 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.

Safety Measures

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. For procedures in the main hospital, the options are:

  • The surgery waiting area on the third floor just outside the Outpatient Surgery area
  • The chapel on the 11th floor, where Mass is held daily at noon
  • The Lake Shore Café on the first floor, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner

For procedures in the Presence Center for Advanced Care, the waiting area is just outside the  pre and post-op area on the fifth floor. In the waiting areas, we provide vending machines and complimentary water, coffee and tea. We offer complimentary WiFi throughout the hospital, and you can connect as Guest.

Recovery After Surgery

For procedures in the main hospital, after your surgery, we will take you either to:

  • The main recovery room (if necessary) before going to the step-down unit or
  • Directly to the step-down unit if you are not required to go to the recovery room

In both locations, our nurses will closely monitor you and give you pain medication as needed. Once you are in the step-down unit, you will:

  • Receive a light snack
  • Have your discharge instructions and prescriptions reviewed by your nurse
  • Have your guests invited in, two at a time
  • Receive oral pain medication as needed

For procedures in the Presence Center for Advanced Care, after your surgery, we will take you back to the pre and post-op area. During your recovery here, your nurse will:

  • Closely monitor you and give you pain medication as needed
  • Review your discharge instructions and prescriptions with you

While you recover in the post-op area, you:

  • Will receive a light snack
  • Can invite your guests in, two at a time

Discharge Instructions for Returning Home

Your nurse will review your discharge instructions with you and your adult companion and will give you a discharge packet with:

  • Written instructions
  • Follow-up information
  • Medication prescriptions
  • Emergency contacts

 You or your adult companion 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 main entrance 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.

Contact Us

To find a surgeon or if you have questions about a scheduled procedure, please call:

  • Main hospital: 773.665.3200
  • Presence Center for Advanced Care: 773.665.8661






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