The Days before Your Surgery / Procedure
- Your doctor will discuss with you the scheduling of your surgery or procedure well in advance of the selected date. Your physician’s office will then schedule your procedure with us.
- You may need certain laboratory tests (blood work, EKG, X-rays) or other medical consultation. Your physician will advise you of what is required and order your tests. All testing should be completed several days prior to your surgery to allow the results to reach us in a timely manner.
- Your physician’s office or the surgery center will provide you with a preadmission health assessment that needs to be completed by the patient and forwarded to the surgery center days prior to your day of surgery. It is critical that this information be reviewed by your physician, your anesthesiologist, and your preadmission nurse. Please speak with our nurse if you have any questions about this form.
- A nurse from our surgery center will contact you to review your medical history and answer any questions you may have regarding your upcoming surgery. If you take medications, the nurse will discuss with you which medications you should take on the morning of your surgery. In addition, the nurse will discuss with you any other preparations for surgery, discharge plans, and your care needs at home. Our nurse will inform you of the time that you need to arrive at the surgery center.
- Our surgery center is pleased to have Advanced Ambulatory Anesthesia, LLC providing anesthesia services to our patients. An anesthesiologist will review your medical information several days prior to your scheduled date. In some situations, the anesthesiologist may need to schedule an appointment with you prior to your procedure. Our anesthesiologists are always happy to address any anesthetic concerns that you may have.
- If your surgeon writes a prescription for antibiotics or postoperative pain medication, you will need to have it filled prior to the day of your procedure.
Please review the directions on how to get to the center days prior to your scheduled date. You may want to do a test drive if you are unsure of our location. Arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to the Center, receive discharge instructions, drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery. For your own safety and protection, you will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle home. The only exception to this is for patients having a local anesthetic only (numbing medicine).
- Please notify your surgeon immediately of any changes in your condition before surgery. This may include catching a cold, exposure to a communicable disease or any other change in your health.
- State and federal law requires us to provide you with information regarding your patient rights and responsibilities, privacy practices, and advance directives prior to your scheduled date of surgery. Please review this material. Your signature will be required to acknowledge advance receipt of these items in order for you to have your procedure.
The Day of Surgery / Procedure
- Most patients cannot have anything to eat or drink after midnight before their surgery. Please follow the instructions provided to you by our nurse during the preadmission interview in order to avoid any possible cancellations.
- It is important that you arrive at the surgery center on time.
- Please remember to bring your photo identification, current insurance card or any other pertinent insurance information, and accepted method of payment for any money due at the time of registration.
- Please remember to wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave all jewelry at home. Do not wear any makeup or hair spray. Please wear your glasses and leave your contact lenses at home. Bring your hearing aids if you need them.
- Please remember to bring to the surgery center your medications, inhalers, etc., as instructed by our nurse.
- Your surgeon and your anesthesiologist are responsible for determining when you are able to go home. Our nurse will review with you the instructions ordered by your surgeon for your care at home regarding diet, exercise, resuming regular medication, and other specific information. We encourage you to ask questions – it is crucial that you clearly understand all postoperative instructions. You will receive a copy of these instructions as well as emergency contact numbers in the unlikely event that you require medical assistance after you leave.
- When you arrive home, rest for the remainder of the day; your body needs time to recover from the stress of surgery. Please follow all instructions. Gradually you will resume your normal activities.
- Our nurse will call you the next business day to see how you are doing and answer any questions you may have. Please discuss with our nurse your availability and time for this call.