Thank you for choosing to entrust your care with the surgeons and staff at Tucson Medical Center. You will be cared for by a highly skilled surgical team in one of our state-of-the-art surgical areas. Our goal is to keep you and your family comfortable and well informed before and after surgery. The following information will help you understand what to expect on the day of your surgery. Please direct questions to any member of your surgical team.
Prior to your scheduled surgery or procedure, you will need to undergo Pre-Anesthesia Testing. This starts with a phone call and may include an in-person appointment for testing to ensure that you can safely undergo anesthesia. For details, visit Pre-Anesthesia Testing.
Registration is required for all scheduled appointments, including those at Tucson Medical Center, the El Dorado Health Campus, Pre-Anesethesia Testing and other clinical services at our satellite facilities. Here's what you will need:
If your appointment is less than two business days away or if you have any questions, please call
TMC Pre-Registration, (520) 324-4734, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Arrive at least two hours before your surgery time or as instructed by your physician. Surgery waiting areas have limited seating. In consideration of others, please limit the number of people waiting.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day of surgery. Follow your physician’s orders for any medications that you are currently taking. Patients scheduled for surgery in the afternoon should get instructions from their surgeon when to have last liquids or food, including gum and mints. You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery, but do not swallow any liquid.
Children who are not patients are not permitted to be in the pre-op or recovery areas. Please make arrangements for their care.
For most surgeries, please park near the TMC Orthopaedic & Surgery Tower. Free valet parking is available at the main tower entrance as well as the Outpatient Surgery Center and the Northeast Entrance. For surgery at the Childers Women’s Center, please enter at the Southeast Entrance. Free surface parking is provided outside each entrance as well as in nearby parking garages on the northeast and west sides of campus.
TMC Auxiliary provides shuttle services inside the hospital and from our parking lots. Shuttle services can be requested within each entrance, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. by dialing ext. 4-5888 on conveniently located hallway phones.
Wheelchairs are available inside each entrance. If none are available, dial 4-1111 on a hallway phone or ask the volunteer behind the information desk for assistance.
Patients will be brought to the preoperative holding area. Here they will meet with their surgical team as preparation is completed before surgery, including marking of the surgical site. Family may be asked to wait in the nearest lobby.
All information on this page also applies to children. If your child is going home the same day of surgery, be prepared to stay at the hospital until your child is discharged. Be sure to bring someone else to drive home so you can tend to your child’s needs.
If you are concerned about your child or have questions relating to an upcoming procedure, our child life specialists can help. These certified staff members help children of every age understand and deal with their hospital experiences. Child life specialists can also help parents with age-appropriate information and resources. You can reach Child Life at (520) 324-1154. Find more information at Preparing Your Child for Surgery.
Patients recover in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, PACU, or recovery room. Visitation is normally not permitted in the PACU to protect the privacy of all patients. The surgeon will speak with family in the lobby after the surgery. Patients staying in the hospital overnight are transferred to their room from PACU. Family will be notified when this occurs. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your experience with us more comfortable.
Patients returning home after surgery must make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive them home. Two adults are preferred for children: one to drive and one to take care of the child. You may want to bring a pillow and blanket to use in the car and any physical aids (walkers, crutches, etc.) that may be needed.
Tucson Medical Center: (520) 327-5461
Pre-Anesthesia Testing: (520) 324-1446
Pre-Registration: (520) 324-4734
Child Life: (520) 324-1154
Shuttle: ext. 4-5888
Wheelchair Assistance: ext. 4-1111