It is a good idea to have mapped out your route to the hospital, anticipating traffic or other delays which might make you late. It also is important to know the right location in the hospital to check in. Hospitals can be large and have confusing floorplans. Most hospitals have greeting areas with hospital representatives who will direct you to the right place.
Family members are usually allowed to stay with you and meet the anesthesiologist and surgical team. When you are ready for your surgery, your family will be directed to a waiting area.
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