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.

Before Your Procedure

Pre-Anesthesia Testing

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-Anesthesia Testing and other clinical services at our satellite facilities. Here's what you will need:

  • Patient’s full legal name, date of birth, address
  • Patient’s doctor’s first and last name
  • Appointment date and time
  • Phone number to reach you
  • Emergency contact information
  • Insurance and payment information
    • Insurance information
    • Guarantor information (when patient is not the policyholder: children, dependents, etc.)
    • Means of payment. We accept all major credit cards, checks and cash.

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.

You can also click here to pre-register online.

Day of Your Procedure

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.

  • Bring a photo ID.
  • Bring a means of payment if not already completed.
  • Bring a complete list, preferably from your pharmacy, of current medications including name, dose, how you take it and other directions. Include vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter medications.
  • Leave all jewelry and other valuables at home.
  • Remove all jewelry, including body piercings, hairpins, false eyelashes, contact lenses and all other accessories.
  • Wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses if possible.
  • If you wear dentures, eyeglasses or contact lenses, please bring a storage case or container.
  • Do not wear makeup.
  • If you are taking medications, ask your physician whether to take the medicine before surgery.
  • Wear loose fitting, easy-to-remove clothing. The hospital provides a gown but you may bring your own pajamas, slippers and robe to wear home.

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.

Transportation Assistance

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 hallway phones.

Wheelchairs are available inside each entrance. If none are available, dial ext. 4-1111 on a hallway phone or ask the volunteer behind the information desk for assistance.

When You Arrive at the Hospital

  • Patients scheduled in the Joel M. Childers, M.D., Women’s Surgery Center should enter through the Southeast Entrance and check in at the Information Desk. From there, they will be directed to the Women's Surgery Center where Admitting will process registration paperwork.
  • Patients scheduled for specialty or general surgery should enter through the TMC Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower entrance,
    proceed to the second floor, and check in at the patient check-in kiosks.
  • Patients scheduled for orthopaedic surgery should enter the lobby of the TMC Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower, proceed to the third floor and check in at the patient check-in kiosks.
  • Patients scheduled at the Outpatient Surgery Center should enter through the front doors at 2424 N. Wyatt Drive and check in at the registration desk.

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.

Children Having Surgery

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.

After 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.

Going Home

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.

Useful Numbers

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

Useful Websites

Old Pueblo Anesthesia

Society for Pediatric Anesthesia