Before Your Surgery

  • You should receive a courtesy call from your surgeon’s office with detailed information about your procedure. If for some reason you do not receive this call, please contact your surgeon.
  • For your safety, it is best to come to the surgical center with an empty stomach. Please do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to your procedure. This includes water, gum and mints.
  • If your procedure is in the morning, do not eat or drink after midnight
  • Make arrangements for someone to drive you home after surgery

Day of Your Surgery

  • Remind your physician of any allergies you may have
  • Wear clothing that is easy to slip on and off
  • Leave jewelry and important personal items at home. The surgical center is not responsible for lost or stolen items
  • Bring your insurance card, Medicare card, driver’s license and a list of your current medications with you

After Your Surgery

Before you leave the surgical center, you will be given written instructions for your care at home. Following your post-surgery instructions carefully is an important component of the recovery process. For example:

  • DO NOT drive or operate machinery or drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after surgery
  • DO NOT make any important decisions until the day after your surgery
  • DO NOT eat a heavy or large meal until the day after your surgery

NO PAIN NECESSARY
It’s not uncommon to experience pain or soreness at the site of your procedure. Remember:

  • Take pain medication prescribed by your referring physician, as needed
  • Resume your normal medication regimen when the procedure is over
  • If you are diabetic, you may need to speak to your doctor about adjusting your diabetes medication (depending on the procedure you’ve had)

BE AWARE
If you develop any of the following symptoms, call your surgeon or go to the closest emergency room:

  • Chills or fever (of 101° or higher)
  • Severe tenderness at the wound site
  • Weakness in the arm (for neck procedures) or leg (back procedures) that persists the next day after an injection
  • Inability to urinate or new incontinence of bowel or bladder
  • Difficulty breathing, dizziness, severe total body rash, facial or tongue swelling, or chest pain