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Before Your Surgery

What to expect

Will I be contacted prior to my surgery by the facility? Yes. You may receive up to three calls. You will be contacted a few days prior to surgery by a member of your health care team. This call will include a routine health assessment, instructions for the day of surgery, and answers to any questions you may have. You will also be contacted by someone in the facility’s business office to address financial matters such as your responsibility for co-payments and deductibles. Finally, you may also be contacted by your anesthesiologist.

What tests are required prior to my surgery?

Any preoperative tests will be determined by your physician or anesthesiologist and communicated to you prior to the date of your surgery.

Should I arrange a ride to the facility?

Yes. You will not be allowed to drive after surgery. If you do not have a responsible person to drive you home, your procedure will be canceled. If you plan on going home in a taxi or use public transportation, a responsible adult must accompany you.

What if I think I might be pregnant?

Please be sure to notify your physician, anesthesiologist and nurse prior to the date of surgery if you think you may be pregnant. The surgical procedure, anesthesia and medications may be harmful to a developing baby.

What if I’ve been exposed to illness? Notify your surgeon if you develop any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough or congestion
  • Chicken pox exposure/illness within two weeks of surgery.
  • Any other problems that may interfere with your scheduled surgery.

What may I eat and drink before surgery?

DO NOT EAT, DRINK OR SMOKE ANYTHING after midnight the night before your procedure, unless otherwise instructed. Your physician or a pre-operative nurse will inform you of eating and drinking restrictions prior to surgery. It is very important that you follow the instructions provided. If you do not, your surgery may be delayed or canceled. Stomach contents are hazardous when having any type of anesthesia. Gum, breath mints and chewing tobacco are not to be used within four hours prior to coming to the surgical center. You may brush your teeth and use mouthwash, but do not swallow.

Are there special considerations for a child having surgery?

We understand that surgery can be frightening for you and your child and that special preparation is needed. In the case of young children having surgery:

  • If your child experiences any health changes between your most recent visit with your physician and the date of surgery, notify your surgeon immediately. Please report even minor changes, such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold. If you cannot reach your physician, please call the facility.
  • A parent or guardian of a patient under 18 must stay in the facility until the patient is discharged. If you are the guardian of a patient, bring copies of forms indicating guardianship or power of attorney. Do not send grandparents or stepparents unless they are legal guardians and can give consent.
  • If your child would like to have a stuffed animal or security blanket for added comfort, you may bring these items on the day of surgery. You may also bring games and activities, or music with headphones, if you choose.
  • It is best to have someone along with the driver to help care for the child on the trip home.