Preparing for Surgery
Talk to your doctor about the daily medications you currently take, especially for heart, diabetes or blood pressure problems. Be sure to mention any over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin, Bufferin®, Nuprin®, Advil® or Motrin®. Also mention any herbs or dietary supplements you might be using.
For your safety, you will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle. If your surgery involves a general anesthetic or other type of sedation, arrange for a responsible person to remain at The Surgery Center during surgery, and to stay with you the first night following surgery. If the patient is a child, we recommend that someone accompany the driver to help care for the child on the way home.
Lab work, x-rays and EKGs that are needed for your surgery will be performed either prior to or on the day of your surgery. Our surgery schedulers will assist you with further details.
Anesthesia services are provided by anesthesiologists highly qualified in all aspects of outpatient anesthesia. Your anesthesiologist will evaluate you before surgery and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to talk to your anesthesiologist about any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs. The appropriate type of anesthesia will be determined by your surgeon in consultation with your anesthesiologist.
A member of our staff will call you prior to your surgery date to confirm your appointment, complete a pre-operative questionnaire and answer any questions you may have.
When to Notify Your Doctor
Contact your doctor immediately if for any reason you cannot keep your scheduled appointment for surgery. Also, if you suspect you are pregnant or you experience any changes in health such as a cough, fever or a cold, please notify your doctor.
The Night Before Surgery
For your safety, DO NOT eat or drink anything (including water) after midnight the night before your surgery, unless instructed by our personnel. This includes hard candy, gum and prescription medications, unless ordered by your doctor. Bathe or shower the night before surgery to minimize the chance of infection. Teeth may be brushed but DO NOT swallow water. Refrain from smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.