Preparing for Surgery

If you and your physician have determined that surgery should be performed to address a health condition, please use the information here as you prepare for your visit to one of our hospitals or outpatient surgery center.

pre-surgical testing

Most surgical procedures require pre-surgical testing, ranging from lab work to a chest X-ray. 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.

Pre-Surgical Testing has moved!

Effective March 11, Maury Regional Health's Pre-Surgical Testing Department is now located at 1114 W. 7th Street in Columbia, which is also home to Maury Regional Occupational Health. The new location offers ample parking and a convenient home on the building's first floor. 

To reach the Pre-Surgical Testing Department with any questions, 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.

visitor guidelines

Learn more about the current visitation policy at Maury Regional Health facilities.


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.