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Rush Copley Surgery Center

Rush Copley's Surgery Center provides the latest in medical technology with the comfort of private rooms. Supporting inpatient and day surgery, the center is equipped with 12 operating rooms, a minor treatment room and 24 private patient rooms.

If you have been scheduled for surgery at Rush Copley, we want to make you as comfortable as possible by knowing what to expect before, during and after your surgery.



After your surgery is scheduled, a nurse from the pre-admission screening office will contact you two to seven days prior to your procedure. At this time the nurse will:

  • Review your health history
  • Schedule any additional tests needed
  • Provide pre-operative instructions
  • Answer any questions you may have

You may also be contacted to pre-register for your surgery. Please have your insurance information and social security number available if the hospital calls to pre-register you. If you have not been contacted within two days prior to your surgery, please call 630-978-4888. Our business hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Verification of your insurance coverage and/or preauthorization for hospital services from your insurance company is usually necessary. Your physician’s office will take the necessary steps to obtain this certification.

The Day Before Your Surgery

Note: If you are having outpatient surgery, please make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home and provide assistance as necessary.

The nurse may give you specific instructions to follow before your surgery. As a general rule, you should do the following:

  • Drink extra fluids, but avoid alcohol.
  • DO NOT eat any food after midnight. Clear liquids may be allowed up to six hours before your arrival time, but please check with your physician/representative or the pre-admission nurse.

Remember to call 630-978-4888 for your arrival time if you have not yet confirmed this information.

Day of Surgery

On the day of your surgery, be sure to follow the instructions the nurse gives you for taking a pre-operative shower, taking medications and what time to stop eating and drinking. You should also:

  • Refrain from smoking.
  • Wear casual clothing that is comfortable and easy to change.
  • Refrain from wearing makeup.
  • Bring a case for your glasses or contacts.
  • Bring a photo ID and your insurance card.
  • Leave your jewelry and valuables at home, including body piercings.
  • Arrive at the scheduled time. Please enter through the main hospital entrance.  Valet parking is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • A parent or guardian must accompany minors under the age of 18.
  • Check in at the surgery waiting room desk.

After Your Surgery

Once your surgery is complete, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. You will stay there until you are ready to be admitted to the hospital or returned to the Day Surgery unit. Your surgeon will speak with your family and answer any questions they have. Once you are awake, your family may join you. Verbal and written instructions, about medications, diet and home care will be given to you prior to discharge.

Pediatric Surgical Patients

Children are special people with special needs. There are things you can do to help make your child more comfortable while in the hospital:

  • Bring your child’s favorite blanket or toy
  • Plan to stay with your child in the Day Surgery area before and after surgery. We respectfully ask that you not bring other children into this area.
  • A parent or guardian’s presence at the hospital is necessary during surgery.
  • You will be given specific information about what time to stop food and liquids before the day of surgery. 

K.I.D.S. Tour

The Kids Introduction to Day Surgery (K.I.D.S.) tour is a fun way for children ages 4 to 12 years old and their families to learn more about their upcoming surgery and help both children and parents feel more relaxed.  In addition to a tour of the surgery unit, there will be an opportunity to meet the surgical staff, and a chance for kids to experience some of the equipment they will see on the day of surgery, such as blood pressure cuffs, heart monitors and anesthesia masks. Call 630-978-4860 to schedule a tour.

Family Waiting Area

Your family is welcome to wait for your surgery to be completed in our surgical waiting area. However, only a limited number of visitors are allowed in the pre- and post operation clinical areas. This is for the benefit of all our patients.    

The comfortable family waiting area offers light snacks and coffee. Staffed by a volunteer who can provide reports on patients' progress, the reception area contains ample seating, soft lighting and plenty of reading materials. An outside patio with seating is nearby.

We also know how important it is to keep you informed on the status of your loved one while they are in surgery. For your convenience, a tracking board in the Day Surgery Waiting Area provides real-time information before, during and after your loved one's procedure.