What to Expect

Prepare for your visit by knowing what to expect

To help you prepare for your hospital stay at San Ramon Regional Medical Center, we want to share with you some pre-visit suggestions, answers to frequently asked questions and some advice to prepare you for surgery so you will know what to expect. 

Pre-visit advice 

  • Schedule a consultation with your physician to talk about what will happen at the hospital and learn who your physician will be while at the hospital
  • Designate your advocate, a friend or family member who is authorized to communicate with your medical team should it be necessary
  • Know your rights as a patient. Read more on our patient rights page.
  • Improve your safety by following all of San Ramon Regional’s safety rules during your visit. These rules are designed to make sure you are safe and secure. 

Frequently asked questions 

What paperwork will I need to complete? 

The majority of the paperwork needed can be filled out using our online pre-registration tool before your visit. Other forms you may be asked to complete include: 

  • Authorization to Release Protected Health Information during this admission
  • Consent for Treatment form
  • Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices 

What pre-admission testing needs to be done prior to my surgery? 

Your physician will order any tests necessary before your surgery. We recommend you complete tests 2 to 10 days prior to your surgery date to allow time for your physician to get the results. Tests your physician may order include: 

  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • EKG
  • Chest X-ray 

Where do I get directions to the hospital? 

We provide you with that information on our Maps & Directions page. 

Preparing for your surgery 


Talk to your physician prior to surgery about whether or not you should stop taking your medication before surgery. 


If you develop flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or congestion, notify your physician immediately. 

Food and drink restrictions

Talk to your physician to get instructions on what you can and cannot eat or drink before your surgery. 

Returning home after surgery 

Make arrangements to have an adult drive you home after your surgery. 

The day of surgery 

Arriving at the hospital 

Arrive two hours prior to your scheduled surgery to allow time for admitting and preparation procedures. 

Bathing, brushing teeth, and makeup 

Bathing or showering and brushing your teeth are fine. Please limit makeup and remove body piercing and jewelry. 

Visiting friends and family 

Visitors will be restricted while you are in post-anesthesia recovery. If you get moved to a room, your visitors will be allowed to see you there. 

Canceling surgery 

If you need to cancel your surgery, notify the hospital surgery department and your physician as soon as you can. 

Learn more about your condition. 

If you have any other questions or need more information, please call us at (800) 284-2878.