Your Surgical Experience

Here is what to expect on the day of your surgery:

  • A receptionist will check you in on the second floor at our hospital registration desk.
  • A nurse will take you back to a room and prepare you for surgery. He or she will start an IV, prepare the surgical site, and review your medical history and medications.
  • Your orthopedic surgeon and anesthesiologist will visit with you prior to your operation.
  • Your surgical care team will take you to your surgical suite.
  • Once your surgery is complete, your team will take you to the
    post-anesthesia area, where a nurse will monitor your vital signs and assess your pain level.

For outpatient surgery: Once the nurse determines you are
stable and alert, we will review discharge instructions with your family member or friend who is responsible for driving you home.

For inpatient surgery: If you are spending the night with us,
you will be made comfortable in your suite inside our inpatient unit for the remainder of your stay.

  • Your nurse will have, on average, only two patients under his or her care at one time, so you can expect highly attentive nursing care during your hospital stay.
  • Your activity level during your hospital stay will be determined by your surgeon. Typically, patients are expected to be out of bed the day of surgery because early ambulation is important for preventing complications.
  • Your physical therapist will develop a personalized exercise program. This program includes twice daily individual sessions, each session gearing you towards independence and discharge.
  • You will be provided a t-shirt and shorts for your convenience. We encourage you to wear your own clothes as soon as possible, so please bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothing with you the day of your surgery.

If you have questions about orthopedic surgery and how to prepare for it, please contact us.

Preparing for surgery at Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute (KCOI)

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At KCOI the health of our patients and staff is paramount.

Designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, you will be asked to follow these guidelines when visiting our hospitals and clinics:

Sanitize Hands
Mask Requirement
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01/15/2023: PLEASE NOTE THAT MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED FOR ALL STAFF, PATIENTS & VISITORS IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES. Please exchange any cloth masks, gaiters, bandanas, masks with valves or vents, face shields or sheer/mesh masks with a hospital grade mask.  These are available at each entrance.  Thank you for your compliance. 
KCOI Hospital and Physical/Occupational Therapy Visitor Policy:

Physician Clinics and Hospital Outpatient Departments and Physical/Occupational Therapy Locations – One person (and a healthcare associate if indicated) may accompany the patient to the clinic.

Hospital Surgery Patients – One person may accompany the patient to the Pre-Operative area on admission and until they are taken back to the Surgery suite. The family or companion will then be escorted to the surgery waiting area.

  • Outpatient Surgery Patients – The family or companion will be notified to return to Post-Operative area to receive outpatient discharge instructions just prior to patient discharge.
  • Inpatient Surgery Patients – The family or companion will be notified when they may visit with Patient in the Inpatient Unit after recovery. Visitors to the Inpatient Unit are not restricted unless medically indicated.

Hospital Surgery Waiting Room – The hospital waiting room on the second floor has been reopened and due to space we ask that one visitor per patient may remain in the waiting room while the patient is in ISS, surgery or recovery.

Exceptions may be made for legal or special need such as:  Accompanying a minor (one parent/guardian), Assisting patients with cognitive or communication needs, Wheelchair assistance, Work comp Nurses.

Please note the above policies are subject to change pending public health recommendations.