Elective Surgeries Status
Sarasota Memorial continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus and is prepared to take proactive measures when necessary to ensure we continue to deliver safe, quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we have the staff, supplies and space in our hospital and ICU to continue performing elective and non-emergency surgeries. Patients who had an elective procedure postponed or who have other questions should contact their physician for information. To ensure the safety of patients and staff, we have developed a detailed pre-operative evaluation and put other strict protocols in place, including expanded testing of elective surgery patients for COVID-19. For updated information on visitor/support person policies, please visit smh.com/covid19. (Click here for a brief list of the many safeguards SMH has in place to ensure it's safer than ever to receive care at the hospital's facilities.)
Surgery at Sarasota Memorial
When you need surgery, you want the best surgeons using the most advanced techniques and minimally invasive tools available. Sarasota Memorial has more than 300 general, trauma and specialty surgeons on staff. Collectively, they perform more than 23,000 surgeries and procedures each year in 34 operating rooms at Sarasota Memorial’s main campus and our adjacent Cape Outpatient Surgery Center.
Sarasota Memorial’s surgeons are available around the clock for patients suffering from traumatic accidents or other medical emergencies.
For physician referrals by specialty or location, call 941-917-7777 or browse our online physician directory.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
An increasing number of surgeries today are performed as minimally invasive procedures, in which our surgeons use the most advanced technologies available for laparoscopic, endoscopic and robotic surgery. For more information, click here: robotic and minimally invasive surgery options.
Many routine, same-day surgeries can be performed at the Cape Outpatient Surgery Center, which is owned and operated by Sarasota Memorial. The center is accredited by the Joint Commission, and all of our registered nurses are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). The anesthesiology department provides the same high-quality care, experience, equipment and patient monitoring found in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s operating suites. Call 941-917-1900 for more information.
What to Bring to PAT
- Completed Anesthesia Questionnaire. (Click here for a printable PDF.)
- List of your current medications (including over-the-counter medicines and herbal supplements); be sure to note the dosage for each and how often you take them.
- List of past surgical procedures, including the year and surgery site.
- Names of your doctor(s), their telephone number(s) and the date of your most recent visit to them.
All Sarasota Memorial surgery patients are required to have pre-admission testing (PAT) completed. Your surgery scheduler will make your PAT appointment at the same time your surgical procedure is scheduled.
Pre-admission testing (PAT), or pre-surgery testing, helps ensure patient safety and gives your surgical team information about any medical conditions that could impact your surgery.
During the appointment, which typically takes one to two hours, your vital signs, height and weight will be recorded. A nurse will discuss your health history and ask what medications you're taking. The PAT might include having blood work drawn, a chest X-ray taken and an electrocardiogram.
We offer pre-admission testing at two locations: the main Sarasota Memorial Hospital campus (report to Patient Registration in the first-floor lobby) and the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Clark Road (report to Patient Registration in the Radiology and Laboratory lobby). Your surgeon's office will direct you to the appropriate location for your pre-surgery testing appointment.
For more information about PAT, please call 941-917-2425.
What to Expect Before, During & After Surgery
Having surgery at Sarasota Memorial? Watch this video to learn what you can expect on the day of your surgery — from arrival and check-in, to the recovery room and discharge home or transitioning to your inpatient room. Being prepared and knowing what to expect can relieve anxiety and can help make you and your loved ones more comfortable with the experience.