This guide is to inform you, the patient, and your family of important preparations for your surgery and assist in answering any questions. The staff at BHC realize even the most simple surgery can cause increased anxiety and we want to make your experience as stress-free as possible.


In order to complete your pre-operative preparation, you may be asked to come to the admissions department within seven days of your scheduled surgery. During this visit, any tests your physician has ordered will be completed and an admitting nurse will take your medical history. We will also need a detailed list of medications and dosages at this time. Admissions department hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm and parking is available on the south side of the hospital. If you have any questions, contact admissions at 573.815.3872.

Before Your Surgery

Instructions will be telephoned to you either by your physician or by a nurse in the surgery admissions department the afternoon prior to your surgery. You will be told what time to check in at the hospital the day of your surgery. If you HAVE NOT been contacted by 4pm the first business day before your surgery, please call the surgery department at 573.815.6402. During the same phone call, the nurse will review the following information with you:

  • what time to stop eating, drinking fluids and chewing gum
  • where to check in on the day of surgery
  • contact lenses should not be worn (glasses are fine)
  • wear comfortable clothing-easy to take off and put on
  • current medications-bring a complete list of your medications and the dose of each
  • confirm medications you should take the morning of surgery with a sip of water
  • refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco the day of surgery
  • if you are having outpatient surgery, you are required to have a responsible person to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours
  • remove make-up, fingernail polish and jewelry
  • leave valuables and jewelry at home; it is recommended that overnight patients leave their suitcase and other belongings in the car until they are taken to their room
  • if you have an Advance Directive please bring a copy with you; information regarding Advance Directives is available at the admissions desk upon request as well as chaplaincy services

Specific questions regarding your surgery should be directed to your surgeon.

Children can bring a favorite item with them such as a blanket, pacifier, or toy. Children should wear comfortable clothes such as sleepers or pajamas to the hospital. Parents may bring the child’s usual cup or bottle. Parents will be with the child before and after surgery in the pre-operative and post-operative areas. Boone Hospital and Ronald McDonald Charities of Mid-Missouri host the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Boone Hospital Center, a place where families of pediatric patients can stay and receive respite during the child’s stay at BHC.

Before your procedure, you will need to fill out our Pre-Admissions Surgical Screening Form. You can print the form here and fill it out prior to arriving at the hospital.

Day of Surgery

To help insure privacy and convenience, you and your family will be provided a pager upon check-in at the surgery waiting room desk. The pager will light up and vibrate when updates are available. Please come to the waiting room desk for information when the pager goes off. If no one is present at the desk, please call the number posted from the courtesy phone (ext. 6402). The pagers have a limited range (they will not alarm in the cafeteria), so please let the reception desk personnel know if you are leaving the waiting room area. Please return the pagers to the desk when the patient is discharged or taken to their room.

Pre-Operative Area

You will be escorted to a pre-operative bay and prepared for surgery. The staff will verify your consent for the procedure specified by your surgeon. Depending on the procedure, you may be asked to verify the surgical site and it will be marked by the staff or by your surgeon. You may be asked similar questions several times to ensure safety and prevention of errors. Once you are ready, two visitors may be allowed to visit prior to being transported to the operating room suite.

During Surgery

While you are in surgery, family members or friends accompanying you may wait in the waiting room. The gift shop is located in the hospital lobby and carries cards, candy, flowers, postage stamps and personal items. The cafeteria, on the first floor, offers hot food selections, a grill, deli, salad bar and self-serve areas.

Cafeteria hours: Breakfast 6:30-10:30 am; Lunch 11am-3:30 pm; Dinner 4:30-7 pm

No smoking is permitted in the hospital or buildings owned by the hospital.

After Surgery

Patients will be transferred to the recovery area from the operating room (OR). To ensure privacy, and maximize patient safety, no visitors are allowed in the Level 1 recovery area. The recovery room nurses will inform your family, through the reception desk personnel, when you arrive in the recovery room, any significant changes, and when you will be transferred from Level 1 recovery to your room. If you are going home after surgery, two visitors will be allowed to visit when you are alert and transferred to the Outpatient/Level 2 recovery area, where more private bays are available.

Children will be taken directly from the OR to Level 2 recovery, to allow parents to attend the child’s bedside at the earliest possible time.

When you are ready, a nurse will assist you with sitting up in bed or walking a short distance and drinking clear liquids. If you are able to tolerate these tasks with minimal difficulty, the nurse will review discharge instructions, further follow-up and any prescriptions provided by your physician. A responsible person should drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours following surgery to help ensure safety following your procedure.

In a day or two, a nurse will attempt to contact you by telephone to see how you are feeling and if you have had any problems in relation to your recovery from surgery. Please feel free to discuss with the nurse any concerns that you have about your recovery. If you encounter any problems, prior to or after the follow-up call, please contact your surgeon.


If you should need to stay in the Columbia area, a listing of area hotels and motels is available at the cashier window in the lobby or call 573.815.6491.

If there is anything we can do to make your stay with us more comfortable please let any of our staff know. Thank you for choosing Boone Hospital Center.