Preparing for Surgery
How can I prepare for my surgery?
CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS WILL
HELP ENSURE YOUR COMFORT AND REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF
- DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING
(including water, mints or chewing gum) after midnight the day preceding surgery. Undigested food in the stomach can cause complications and your surgery is likely to be postponed if you forget.
- BATHE OR SHOWER AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH (TAKING CARE NOT TO SWALLOW ANY WATER),
the morning of surgery. This will assist you in feeling refreshed as well as minimize the chance of infection.
- REFRAIN FROM SMOKING
after midnight on the day preceding surgery.
- IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOU ARE PREGNANT,
please notify your surgeon. Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to the developing fetus.
- IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY HEALTH CHANGES OR ELEVATED TEMPERATURE
between your most recent visit to your surgeon and the day of surgery, notify your surgeon.
- LEAVE JEWELRY, CONTACT LENSES AND OTHER VALUABLES
at home for safekeeping. You may leave your wedding rings on.
- WEAR FLAT, COMFORTABLE SLIP-ON SHOES.
- WEAR COMFORTABLE, LOOSE CLOTHING.
During surgery, you will wear a patient gown provided by the Center.
- BRING COMPLETED INSURANCE FORMS AS WELL AS YOUR INSURANCE CARDS AND MEDICAL INFORMATION.
Please check with your insurance company for pre-admission requirements such as second opinions and preadmission certification. This will facilitate the admitting process.
Day of Surgery
What should I expect when I arrive at the Center?
On the day of your procedure, you should arrive at the scheduled appointment time to allow time for admitting and pre-procedure preparation. If you have not already done so, you will also be asked to sign a consent form for your procedure, which acknowledges your permission for the physician and facility to care for you. If the patient is a minor, this form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Please limit the number of people who accompany you to the Center. To maximize the comfort of all visitors, we suggest that adult patients be accompanied by only one person. This person may be with you before and after surgery. However, we do encourage both parents of the pediatric patient to come to the Center.
Please bring insurance cards and picture identification as this is required for surgery. Also please leave all valuables at home the day of surgery.
What happens after my surgery?
You will be moved to our fully-equipped post anesthesia care unit where you will remain under close observation by the anesthesiologist and our recovery nurses until you are ready to go home. Although the length of stay in the post anesthesia care unit varies according to the type of procedure and your doctor’s instruction, most patients are discharged in 3 hours after surgery.
What precautions should I take after I’m home?
Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest and medications. The Center will provide you with a written summary of these instructions.
Please follow these general instructions after your surgery:
- HAVE YOUR FAMILY MEMBER, CLOSE FRIEND OR RESPONSIBLE ADULT DRIVE YOU HOME.
- AFTER IV SEDATION OR GENERAL ANESTHESIA, WE CANNOT ALLOW YOU TO DRIVE HOME.
- PLAN TO HAVE SOMEONE STAY WITH YOU FOR 24 HOURS.
- ARRANGE FOR CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN.
Since it is normal to feel drowsy after receiving an anesthetic, we urge you to postpone the following activities for at least 24 to 48 hours.
- Driving and operating equipment.
- Signing important papers.
- Making significant decisions.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages or taking any drug without your physician’s okay.
If you have any unexpected problems, please call your surgeon. A nurse from the Center will attempt to contact you within a few days after your surgery to check your progress and answer any questions you may have.