When you are evaluated for your surgical procedure, the surgeon will explain the procedure and have you sign a form consenting to having the procedure performed.
For Surgical Procedures, you will meet with Admitting and Medical Staff during your pre-op appointment to go over consents for having the surgery performed in our facility.
For Pain Management Procedures, you will meet with Admitting and Medical Staff the day of your procedure to go over consents for having the procedure performed in our facility.
Patients scheduled for a surgical procedure are required to have a pre-op appointment. You will be contacted by one of the nurses from our pre-op department to schedule your appointment. The purpose of the pre-op evaluation is provide personalized care for your surgical procedure. During your appointment, the pre-op nurse will review your procedure, medical history, current medications, and tests with you on the day of your pre-op appointment..
Pre-Op may also include completing additional tests (lab work, EKG, X-Ray, etc.) if ordered by your surgeon or per Anesthesiologist.
Please bring the following with you for your appointment:
- Driver’s License/State issued ID
- Insurance Card
- Orders and Consents signed at doctor’s office (if applicable)
- Patient Information Sheet
- Anesthesia Questionnaire
- Medication Reconciliation Form Pre-Op
Instructions for the Day of Surgery
Please do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery unless you have been instructed to do so by your physician. This includes chewing gum, breath mints, water, coffee, soda, juice, or any other liquids. Eating or drinking before surgery can lead to serious complications. We understand this may be uncomfortable for some, but it is important you have a completely empty stomach prior to the administration of anesthesia.
Be sure to wear comfortable, casual clothing and do not wear makeup, dark nail polish, fragrances, contact lenses, or jewelry. We will provide a bag to place your belongings in, but it is highly recommended you leave anything of value at home. Also it is very important to remove all body piercings.
A competent adult must drive you to and from the center and must remain with you after surgery for twenty four hours. This is for your safety due to the effect anesthesia may have on you during this time period. In the event that the patient is a minor, we require that at least one parent/legal guardian remains in the facility while the patient is under our care.
The Day of Surgery
Prior to your surgery, your registered nurse will prepare you for surgery and inform you of what you can expect in the surgical area. They will review your medical history, procedure, and initiate the paperwork needed to provide your care during your stay. Your family and/or significant others are welcome to stay with you until you are taken to the Operating Room.
Your Anesthesiologist will explain to you which type of anesthesia will be administered. Your surgeon will review the planned surgical procedure and will explain any potential complications, risks, and/or alternatives. If not done ahead of time at your doctor’s office, you will then be asked to sign a consent form.
Once in the Operating Room, anesthesia will be administered and you will be prepped for surgery. Your Surgeon will guide the team through the actual operation. Depending on the length and complexity of your surgery, a number of other team members will be present. The surgical team may include Nurses, Surgical Residents, Physician’s Assistants, and Surgical Technicians.
Following the procedure, you will be taken to our recovery area where a nurse will continuously monitor you until you are fully awake and alert before bringing you back to your room. Prior to leaving the facility your nurse will instruct you and the person bringing you home on post-operative care and discharge instructions. Therefore, it is very important for the person who is providing you transportation to your home is available at this time. You will also be instructed on any restrictions of activity and any exercises that you are capable of performing during your healing period. You can expect to stay at the facility for a couple of hours following your procedure until the Anesthesiologist determines that you are stable enough to be discharged home.
After Discharge of The Surgery Center
Contact your doctor’s office should you have any questions or experience any complications following your surgery!
- Be aware of any restrictions ordered by your surgeon. These restrictions will be written on your discharge instructions.
- Your physician will decide when it is safe for you to drive your automobile, shower, and exercise.
- Your surgeon will provide you with any prescriptions needed during your recovery. Take the medicine as directed. Taking more than the prescribed dose can be dangerous.
- Unless instructed otherwise, resume your normal diet. Eat plenty of foods high in protein to help with healing.
- Please contact your surgeons’ office if you have any questions regarding your post-operative instructions. Make certain you follow the instructions and call your surgeon for a post-operative appointment as directed.