Preparing for your surgery is very important
To insure your comfort and reduce the risk of any complications during your surgery, please read the following instructions carefully. In the event that these instructions are not followed, your surgery will be subject to cancellation. We are very concerned about your welfare.
Your surgeon may plan for you to have certain laboratory tests or xrays prior to being admitted to our center. It is important that you follow your surgeon’s instructions completely to avoid delays or cancellation of your procedure.
Food and drink
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER 11PM THE DAY BEFORE YOUR SURGERY (including gum or mints) unless your surgeon has advised you otherwise.
DO NOT SMOKE AFTER 11PM THE DAY BEFORE YOUR SURGERY. Smoking causes bronchial irritation and may increase the likelihood of breathing problems during and after anesthesia.
Clothing and hygiene
The morning of your surgery you will need to prepare by bathing or showering, removing all make-up, nail polish and jewelry. You will need to wear loose-fitting casual clothing and comfortable shoes. We ask that you please leave all your valuables at home.
If you suspect you are pregnant, please notify your surgeon immediately. Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to a developing fetus.
Changes in your health
You will need to report any changes in your health to your surgeon, even minor changes such as a cough, cold or fever.
Beginning your day of surgery
We schedule our patients one hour before surgery and it is very important that you arrive on time. This will enable our staff to complete your registration, obtain needed medical tests, complete a medical history and prepare you for your surgery. If you will be late arriving or you cannot keep your surgery appointment, please notify us at
Someone needs to assist you
Adult patients should be accompanied by one responsible adult.
If the patient is a child, both parents are welcome to accompany the child to our Surgical Center. An adult should stay with the child after they return home.
For the convenience of patients’ family and visitors, we have a very comfortable lobby with television access. Since it is the desire of our facility to comfortably accomodate our patients and their families, we ask that you please limit those accompanying you on the day of the surgery.
Preparing for surgery
You will be escorted to the pre-operative area by the Registered Nurse who will be caring for you. In the pre-op area you will meet the anesthesiologist who will review your history, answer your questions and discuss the anesthesia plan. After preparation for surgery is complete, a family member may sit with you until time for your surgery.
Your Surgery: We will take good care of you
The next step is your surgery. You will be taken to the surgery suite by the Registered Nurse who will be assisting your surgeon. Each operating room is fully equipped and staffed to handle your surgery needs.
Anesthesia is a medication that keeps you from feeling pain during your surgery. Your anesthesia provider will talk to you before going into surgery. He or she will explain the anesthesia options best suited for you. There are three different types of anesthesia used during surgery:
- Regional Anesthesia numbs one region of your body
- Monitored sedation makes you drowsy or lightly asleep
- General Anesthesia makes you completely asleep
When you are ready to leave, you may still feel drowsy. It is our goal to expedite your visit with us in the most efficient manner as possible while keeping your safety in mind. Before you leave, your nurse will review home instructions. If you have problems after discharge, contact your physician or nearest hospital.