Your Surgery

The MORNING of YOUR surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything, unless your doctor has given you other instructions.
  • Take your heart and/or blood pressure medicine with only a sip of water.
  • If you are a diabetic, follow your physician’s instructions for adjusting your insulin dose this morning.
  • When you brush your teeth, do not swallow any water when rinsing your mouth.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing—a short-sleeved, button-front shirt is best.
  • Leave all valuables and jewelry at home.
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a case to store them in.
  • Do not wear makeup, perfume, or dark-colored nail polish.

Bring with you:

  • A responsible driver. This is REQUIRED, as you will NOT be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Remind the driver to stay in the facility until you are ready to be taken home.
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a case to store them in.
  • Your current driver’s license or photo ID.
  • Your current insurance ID card.
  • Payment (co-pay, co-insurance, deductible), unless you have made other arrangements in advance.

If you are bringing family or friends with you:

Your companions will have access to our comfortable waiting room and a number of amenities, including wireless internet access, beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water), television, a children’s activity area, and reading materials (magazines and newspapers).

Please ask your companions to remain in our waiting room area until you are ready to leave for home. Your doctor may want to speak with them after your surgery. If they must leave, they should inform the receptionist.

Here’s what will happen when you arrive at the surgery center:

  • We will be expecting you and will make you as comfortable as possible!
  • We will need to see and make a copy of your driver’s license/photo ID and insurance card. We will ask you to verify your billing and insurance information and to sign a financial agreement.
  • You will be expected to pay your part of the charges at this time, unless you have paid already, or have made other arrangements in advance.
  • A nurse will ask questions to verify your medical information, your allergies, and the medications you are taking.
  • The nurse will prepare you for your procedure.
  • An anesthesia provider will meet with you to discuss your medical history and the type of anesthesia you will be having.

What patients are saying:

“I was thinking about how busy the place was on the day I had my surgery, people were coming in and out from surgery. I could have been just another number, another one to rotate through, and the staff was awesome…gave me a warm blanket and eased my fears about my IV. The gentleman who took me back to surgery was awesome! He was laid back but kind, and I could tell he really cared about me…even though this was a quick surgery, I felt that every person who worked with me really cared. Thank you!” December 2013

“The care I received while preparing for surgery and in recovery was excellent. They made sure I was comfortable, and everyone was very cheerful and helpful.” January 2014

“The recovery nurses were very concerned with pain level and making me comfortable.” December 2013

“It took me a little longer to recover, but I felt cared for and not rushed—this was comforting.” January 2014

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