Preparing For Surgery
Before Your SurgeryA nurse from the center will contact you prior to your surgery to review your health history, medications, and pre-operative instructions. Please notify the center and your surgeon if there is a change in your physical condition such as a cold, fever, or respiratory problems. Please do not eat or drink anything 8 hours prior to your surgery, including hard candy, gum, chewing tobacco, marijuana, and cigarettes. Stop all blood thinners 5 days prior to your surgery unless instructed differently by your physician. Also, please follow any other special instructions your surgeon may have given you. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery. It is extremely important to arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to the center and remain with you the first 24 hours after surgery.
Day of Surgery
Please limit your family or friends, including small children, who accompany you on the day of surgery. We have very limited seating in our lobby, and for privacy reasons, we restrict the number of people allowed in our pre and post-op care areas.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that is big enough to accommodate a large bandage after surgery. Wear comfortable shoes such as slip-on, no high heels.
Do not wear any jewelry (including body piercings), makeup, lotions, or cologne. Do not bring any valuables with you.
Please bring your drivers license or other acceptable photo ID, all insurance cards, and a form of payment if you have a payment due at time of service.
If you wear contact lenses, please wear your glasses on the day of your surgery.
After Your Surgery
If anesthesia has been administered, you must have a responsible adult present to drive you home and to care for you following surgery.
Your physician will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, exercise, and medications. You will be provided with a written summary of these discharge instructions.
A nurse from the center will attempt to call you the business day after your surgery to check on your progress and discuss any questions you may have. If you have any unexpected problems, please call your doctor. If he/she does not respond, please go to the nearest emergency room.