Preparing for Surgery

Maury Regional Health has implemented additional guidelines to help protect our patients and health care team from the spread of viruses. Patients may be assured that all employees involved in their care are screened daily and our facilities continue to follow stringent protocols for infection prevention.

COVID-19 Testing

Patients who are scheduled for a surgical procedure must obtain a COVID-19 test three days before the procedure. If your procedure is on a Wednesday, you have the option to receive testing on Saturday or Sunday. Your surgeon will review the testing process and locations at the time your procedure is scheduled. You are encouraged to take all reasonable precautions to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus from the time you are tested until the date of your procedure. Please avoid visiting public places during this three-day period and encourage others in your home to do the same, if possible. Download a copy of these instructions here.

Visitor guidelines

Due to visitation restrictions, only one support person is permitted to accompany a surgical patient to the facility for the procedure. That person must be over the age of 16 and will be screened upon arrival. To allow for social distancing, there may be times that visitors accompanying surgical patients may be asked to wait in designated locations during the surgical procedure. If a procedure requires admission to the hospital, one visitor is permitted per day/24 hours. Learn more about our visitation policy here.


In addition to COVID-19 testing, most surgical procedures require pre-surgical testing, ranging from lab work to a chest X-xay. Your physician's office will schedule your appointment with our pre-surgical testing department. If you have any questions about this appointment, please call 931.380.4129.

Prior to your surgery

In addition to the guidelines above, please be aware of these additional instructions:

  • A member of our team will call you before the scheduled surgery to go over important pre-operative instructions, obtain insurance information and answer any questions. If additional questions arise, feel free to call the center.
  • If your condition changes before surgery, notify your physician. This may include catching a cold, exposure to a communicable disease, increased temperature or any other change in health.
  • Bring all insurance materials. These include insurance identification cards and forms. You should be prepared to pay any deductible and co-insurance on the day of surgery.
  • A patient accounts representative will contact you prior to surgery to notify you of the amount of insurance benefits estimated and your share of the expenses.
  • Be sure to arrive at least one hour before the scheduled surgery. This allows time for routine pre-operative preparations.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave all jewelry and valuables at home. Storage for clothing will be provided.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. (Please check with your physician regarding your usual medications.) Anything you eat or drink including water is dangerous.

For a complete pre-surgical patient education guide, click hereFor more information about preparing for your surgical procedure, ask your physician's office.


In many cases, a patient is able to go home on the same day as surgery, following time in our recovery area. When it is time for you to be discharged, verbal and written instructions will be provided for your care at home. Do not drive or use public transportation to return home. Please arrange for an adult to drive you home and have someone stay with you for 24 hours. Anesthesia and medications will slow your reflexes and may make you feel drowsy.

A nurse will call you at home to check on your progress and answer any questions. Follow your physician's instructions regarding medication, diet, exercise and resuming normal activities. Contact your physician's office for any further follow-up visits.

The Maury Regional Surgical Services staff strives to provide excellent care. We look forward to serving you.