Preparing For Your Procedure
Federal Regulations have instituted an informational program for all patients planning on having a surgery or procedure in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). The documents below contain information that you need to read and be aware of before your scheduled day of surgery or procedure. Also, please be aware that we will require you to sign a form verifying that you did receive this information both verbally and written. Do not hesitate to contact the center with any questions or concerns that you may have before your scheduled surgery or procedure.
Instructions for your Surgery:
The Pre-op Nurse will be calling you prior to your surgical date to obtain your medical history, answer questions and give your arrival time. Below we have included general information that will be helpful with planning your surgery:
Your procedure may be rescheduled or cancelled if these instructions are not observed.
What To Do On The Day Of Your Procedure
To make your Surgery Center visit as easy as possible, there are several things you should do ahead of time:
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery.
- Arrange for someone to be with you the first night after surgery.
- Bathe or shower in the morning & wear clean, comfortable clothing that will fit easily over bandages. For foot surgery no tight fitting pant legs, for eye surgery no pullover shirts with small neck openings.
- Remove all makeup prior to arriving.
- Do not bring valuables with you to the surgery center. Including credit cards.
- Do not wear jewelry, watches and metal body piercings.
- Bring a list of all your current prescription medications.
- Bring your insurance card & a photo ID.
Patients under age 18 should have a parent or legal guardian accompany them. The parent or legal guardian must sign the necessary forms & talk with the anesthesiologist. If the guardian accompanies the patient, you must bring a copy of the court authorization. We request that the parent or guardian remain at the surgery center during surgery.
Our entrance is on the left side of the building. For most procedures we ask that you arrive 1 hour to 1 ½ hours before the surgery start time. You will receive this time from the pre-op nurse who will call you prior to your surgery. To ensure your safety, we require that you arrange a ride home after surgery before you come for surgery. If you have not planned for transportation home, your surgery will be postponed or cancelled until you have arranged for a responsible adult to drive you home.
After Your Procedure
The surgeon will speak to your family or significant other after the procedure. After returning home from your procedure it is not unusual to feel sleepy, light-headed, sore & at times nauseated. How you feel depends on the complexity of your procedure, the length of your surgery, your pain threshold, your general medical condition & the type of anesthesia received. It is important that you take time to rest & heal.
The day of surgery, you will receive written and verbal instructions from the recovery room nurse related to your specific type of surgery. Also, please follow these directions:
- Call your doctor if you have any unusual symptoms or sudden changes in your condition
- Take pain medications as prescribed by your doctor
- Avoid all alcoholic beverages while taking prescription pain pills
- Avoid signing any legal documents for 24 hours
- Avoid driving a car, operating machinery or heavy equipment for 24 hours or while taking pain medicine
- In the event of an emergency, call your surgeon at his office or dial 911