Our professional, dedicated, and caring staff is committed to making your upcoming visit as comfortable and easy as possible. A member of our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled procedure to go over the details of your surgery, including arrival times, medical history for anesthesia, and to answer questions you may have. Due to HIPPA Privacy Laws, we will not be able to speak with anyone about your surgery or medical history unless we first receive your permission.
Preparing for your surgery
- DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE. This is very important and failure to comply will result in postponement of your procedure.
- No smoking, dipping or chewing tobacco 12 hours before your scheduled procedure time.
- If you are taking any medications for high blood pressure or diabetes, contact your surgeon or discuss this with one of our nursing staff to ensure proper instructions.
- If you experience any change in health between your recent visit to your doctor and the day of the procedure, notify your doctor. Please report even minor changes such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold.
- If you are or suspect you may be pregnant, please notify your doctor.
- For your own safety, you will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle for 24 hours following your procedure. Please make arrangements to have someone bring you to and stay until you are dismissed. Parents may want to have an additional adult to assist in accompanying a child home.
Day of surgery
- Bathe or shower and brush your teeth the morning of your procedure. Make-up, nail polish, contacts and jewelry should be removed prior to arrival.
- Dress comfortably: wear loose, comfortable clothing and sensible shoes to allow for safe ambulation following anesthesia. We recommend bringing extra clothing for children.
- Please leave all valuables at home including jewelry, wallets and purses.
- Bring a photo ID and all insurance cards as they are required upon check-in.
- Please limit the number of people accompanying you. We request one visitor per patient to maximize the comfort of everyone waiting. There will be no more than two visitors allowed at the bedside at a time.
After your procedure
- Following your procedure, you will be moved to our recovery area for monitoring by our anesthesia and nursing staff. The length of stay varies, and most patients are discharged within one to three hours.
- Your physician will provide post-procedure instructions regarding diet, rest, and medication. The center will provide you with a written summary of these instructions.
- Plan to have someone stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure.
After receiving anesthetic medication, you must postpone the following activities for 24 hours after discharge: