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Instructions for your Surgery

If you are having anesthesia, the Pre-op Nurse will be calling you prior to your surgical date to obtain your medical history, and answer questions about your upcoming surgery. Your surgery may be rescheduled or cancelled if these instructions are not observed.

You may also complete your medical history questionnaire online  www.onemedicalpassport.com

Medical Passports are secure, online patient-controlled accounts that provide medical history information. Patients can send information to their healthcare team and easily update their Medical Passport for any subsequent procedures.

What To Do On The Day Of Your Procedure

To make your Surgery Center visit as easy as possible, there are several things you should do ahead of time:

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. This is required if you are having ahesthesia.
  • Arrange for someone to be with you the first night if you are having a surgery.
  • Bathe or shower in the morning & wear clean, comfortable clothing. Remove all makeup prior to arriving.
  • Do not bring valuables with you to the surgery center.
  • Do not wear jewelry, watches and metal body piercings.
  • Bring a list of all your current prescription medications.
  • Bring your insurance card & a photo ID.

 

Arrival

Our entrance is on the front of the building. For most procedures your arrival time will be 30 minutes to 1 hour before the surgery start time. You will receive this time from the pre-op nurse who will call you prior to your surgery. To ensure your safety, we require that a driver must come with you for your surgery and remain on premises during your procedure if you are having anesthesia or sedation.  Our surgeons will not be able to start your case if your driver is not in waiting room at that time.  If you have not planned for transportation home, your surgery will be postponed or cancelled until you have arranged for a responsible adult to drive you home.

After Your Procedure

The surgeon will speak to your family or significant other after the procedure. After returning home from your procedure it is not unusual to feel sleepy, light-headed, sore & at times nauseated. How you feel depends on the complexity of your procedure, the length of your surgery, your pain threshold, your general medical condition & the type of anesthesia received. It is important that you take time to rest & heal.

The day of surgery, you will receive written and verbal instructions from the recovery room nurse related to your specific type of surgery. Also, please follow these directions:

  • Call your doctor if you have any unusual symptoms or sudden changes in your condition
  • Take pain medications as prescribed by your doctor
  • Avoid all alcoholic beverages while taking prescription pain pills
  • Avoid signing any legal documents for 24 hours
  • Avoid driving a car, operating machinery or heavy equipment for 24 hours or while taking pain medicine
  • In the event of an emergency, call your surgeon at his office or dial 911

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