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Preparing for Surgery

When scheduling surgery at Our Lady of the Lake, our Pre-Admissions and Registration Center (PARC) team educates patients and families on what to expect, arranging pre-surgical testing and counseling with an anesthetist.

During your visit to the PARC we will work together to:

  • Complete any lab work and diagnostic testing
  • Update your current medical history
  • Educate you about your procedure
  • Discuss your discharge needs with the nurse
  • Give you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns
  • Complete the pre-admission process
  • Meet with an anesthesia representative to discuss anesthesia related to
your specific surgical procedure

Bring all medications you are currently taking in their original bottles or an
updated list to this appointment.

Pre-registration and Pre-certification
If you are unable to visit the PARC, an admissions team member will attempt to contact you by phone regarding your admission and verify insurance coverage. If you do not have insurance or if you have workman’s compensation coverage a team member is available to assist you.

Watch a video about what to expect.

Pre-Admissions and Registration Center
7777 Hennessy Boulevard
Medical Plaza I
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 765-TEST (8378)
M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Expect
For general surgeries, guests check in to St. Mary's Admissions desk on the second floor, and when it is time for surgery, the family is escorted to a private area to wait comfortably both before surgery and during recovery. These rooms are staffed with volunteers who give regular updates, and include a sitting area where family members can remain with the patient post-surgery.

Patients receiving heart or vascular procedures will register at the second floor admissions desk in the Heart & Vascular Institute.

Children are special guests when coming to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital for surgery, with the same best-in-class care in an area designed just for kids.