Your Day of Surgery
- 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 a Patient Intake Coordinator 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 a Patient Intake Coordinator the day of your procedure to go over consents for having the procedure performed in our facility.
- A Pre-Op appointment prior to your scheduled surgical procedure is required. The purpose of this appointment is to ensure that the facility is aware of the patient’s medical history and to ensure that the patient is prepared for the upcoming procedure.
- The pre-op involves meeting with the Pre-Op Nurse and Anesthesiologist prior to surgery.
- Pre-Op may include completing additional tests (lab work, EKG, etc.) if ordered by your surgeon.
- When you come for your pre-op appointment please bring with you:
- Driver’s License/State issued ID
- Insurance Card
- Orders and Consents signed at doctor’s office (if applicable)
- Patient Information Sheet (located under forms)
- Anesthesia Questionnaire (located under forms)
- Medication Reconciliation Sheet (located under forms)
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, 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 ask you a number of questions 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 type of surgery and will explain any potential complications, risks, and/or alternatives. If not done ahead of time, you will then be asked to sign a consent form.
Once in the Operating Room, you will be prepped for surgery. The skin will be cleansed with an antimicrobial agent and shaved if needed. All body areas will be draped except the part that will be operated on. Anesthesia will be administered. 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. Before you leave 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 be 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 in the facility a couple of hours following your procedure until you are considered stable enough to be discharged home. The Anesthesiologist will make this decision.
After Discharge of The Surgery Center
Contact your doctor’s office should you have any questions or experience any complications following your surgery!
- When you are discharged from the Surgery Center, there are a number of things you should understand to ensure the success of 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.