How To Prepare For Surgery
Please read the following information prior to the day of your surgery to help insure that your visit goes smoothly.
Before Your Surgery
- You will receive a registration packet in the mail. If you do not receive one, it can be printed from the home page. It is important to complete this prior to your arrival at the surgery center and can be helpful to reference during your pre-op interview with a nurse.
- A nurse will contact you 1-2 business days prior to your surgery to review your health history, medications, and pre-operative instructions. You will be instructed on what medications to stop and what you can continue to take the day of surgery. Stop all blood thinners 5 days prior to your surgery unless instructed differently by your physician. Also, please follow any other special instructions your surgeon may have given you.
- Please notify the center and your surgeon if there is a change in your physical condition such as a cold, persistent cough, fever or any other health related problems.
- Please do not eat or drink anything 8 hours prior to your surgery, including water, any other fluids, food, hard candy, gum, chewing tobacco, marijuana, and cigarettes.
- Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery. It is extremely important to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you the first 24 hours after surgery.
- For safety purposes, we are not allowed to let you take a taxi/rideshare or any other public transportation home, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
Day of Surgery
- Please arrive one hour and 15 minutes prior to your scheduled surgery, or as directed by your doctor’s office.
- Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that is big enough to accommodate a large bandage after surgery and comfortable shoes.
- Do not wear any jewelry (including body piercings), makeup, lotions, or cologne.
- Do not bring any valuables with you.
- If you wear contact lenses, please wear your glasses on the day of your surgery.
- Please bring your driver’s license or other acceptable photo ID, all insurance cards, and a form of payment if you have a payment due at time of service.
After Your Surgery
- If anesthesia has been administered, you must have a responsible adult present to drive you home and to care for you following surgery.
- Your physician will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, exercise, and medications. You will be provided with a written summary of these discharge instructions.
- A nurse from the center will attempt to call you the business day after your surgery to check on your progress and discuss any questions you may have.
- If you have any unexpected problems, please call your doctor’s office. If he/she does not respond, please go to the nearest emergency room.