Pre-Surgery Clinic

Also known as: Pre-Anesthesia Clinic

The Pre-Surgery Clinic helps patients prepare for their surgeries before the actual day of the surgery. Our goal here is to help assure a satisfying surgical experience for the patient, patient family, surgeon and nursing staff. The staff meets with each patient to obtain and compile all of the required pre-surgery tests and documentation.

When you meet with someone from the Pre-Surgery Clinic, that person will help you understand the operative experience. Your appointment will include pre-operative teaching, diagnostic testing, nursing history and care planning. This appointment may be done over the telephone or during a visit to the clinic.

Kaiser patients who come to a Providence facility are cared for by NW Permanente Physicians (surgeons & anesthesiologists). The NW Permanente anesthesiologist will contact you about preparations for surgery and the type of anesthesia to be used.

Contact the pre-surgery staff at the hospital where your surgery is scheduled to get more information.
If you plan to have surgery at any of our hospitals in Oregon, you can preregister online. Using online preregistration allows you to complete the forms in the comfort of your own home, reducing time and stress when you arrive for admission.

Forms Instructions

Five Simple Things You can Do to Prevent Infection

Infections are dangerous – especially for people who are hospitalized or are having surgery. Here are five simple things you can do to reduce your risk of infection.

Frequently Asked Questions about Surgery at Providence

How will I know if I need to come to the Pre-Surgery Clinic? Generally speaking, if you are staying overnight in the hospital after your surgery...

Step-By-Step Guide for Surgery Patients

Please read and follow these instructions as you prepare to have surgery at Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Providence Portland Medical Center or Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. The instructions will help to make your experience as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Personal Medication History Form

Your complete medication history is important to your physicians and to the hospital. Please fill out this form and bring it with you anytime you go to the doctor’s office or to the hospital. If you are scheduled for a Pre-Surgical Services appointment, make a trip to the Emergency Room, or are coming directly to the hospital, remember to bring this completed form!!

If for some reason you are unable to fill out this form, please bring in a bag all of the medications (in their original containers) that you are currently taking.

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Assessing and Controlling Pain: What You Should Know

Communicating how you feel when you experience pain can be difficult under normal circumstances. While you are in the hospital, we want you to tell us how you feel using the simple Pain Rating Scale

With this tool, you can describe how much pain you are feeling. This will help the nurses know if you are receiving appropriate pain relief. Throughout your hospital stay, your doctor and nurse will ask you to rate your pain.

Providence Surgical Services Patient Safety

Providence Surgical Services is committed to ensuring your safety throughout your surgical stay. Our number one safety goal is to guarantee that each surgery patient is accurately identified and has the right surgery performed in the right location.