Checklist | Surgery Preparations | Before the surgery | Overnight Stays | Diabetic patients | Anesthesia | Following Surgery
A checklist before your
- Call your physician immediately if you notice a change in your health between the time you saw your surgeon and the day of your procedure.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- PATIENTS RECEIVING GENERAL ANESTHESIA MUST HAVE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT ACCOMPANY YOU TO THE CENTER AND DRIVE YOU HOME FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY. YOUR SURGERY CANNOT PROCEED WITHOUT YOUR COMPANION.
- Bring your medical insurance cards.
- Bring a current list of medications that you take regularly.
- Bring containers to store your contacts, eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.
- Do not bring jewelry or other valuables, including wedding bands or body piercing.
- Do not wear makeup, hairpins, nail polish, body powder, or contact lenses if possible.
If you are having general anesthesia or sedation for your procedure:
- Take nothing by mouth after midnight the night before. This means that you cannot drink any liquids, eat food, chew gum, smoke a cigarette, or have a mint. If you brush your teeth, do not swallow any water. If your surgery is late in the day, please ask the nurse or anesthesiologist about having a light breakfast. This is important as your stomach must be empty when you receive anesthesia.
- You will be instructed by your doctor or pre-admission nurse which medications to take the moming of surgery. Take medication with a sip of water only.
These instructions are for your safety. Please follow the directions from the pre-admission nurse and the anesthesiologist prior to surgery to avoid possible cancellation.
Other advance instructions for all patients:
Patients who are having an outpatient procedure with anesthesia must arrange for a responsible adult to take them home and stay with them for 24 hours.
Patients receiving local anesthesia may drive themselves home.
Bring a current list of medications that you take regularly.
Bring containers to store your contacts, eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.
Do not smoke or drink alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery.
Do not wear makeup on the day of surgery. Remove all fingernail and toenail polish.
Wear your glasses instead of contacts on the day of surgery. If you must wear contacts, bring a container for your lenses.
All jewelry must be removed, including all body piercing jewelry.
Wear loose, comfo1iable clothing.
Bring extra underwear or diapers for young children. You may want to bring a security item for your child, such as a favorite toy or blanket.
Talk to your doctor if you are taking any herbal remedies. Your doctor may want you to discontinue your herbal remedies prior to surgery.
Check with your doctor-he/she may want you to avoid vitamin E, aspirin, Advil, naproxen, ibuprofen, Aleve, and other anti-inflammatories.
Please notify your surgeon if you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever, or any other health related problems prior to surgery.
If you must cancel your surgery, please notify your surgeon's office to make the necessary arrangements.
You have the right to expect appropriate pain control. We may not be able to eliminate your pain, but we can lower pain to a tolerable level. Your physician will write a prescription for pain medications for home use, but The Surgery Center, LLC does not fill prescriptions. You will need to be prepared to fill your prescription at a pharmacy of your choice.
On the day of your procedure, we will need:
A copy of your insurance card(s)
A photo ID
Payment of any co-payment, deductible, and estimated co-insurance. Payment may be made by check, cash, cashier's check, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard.