When you arrive you will be asked to sign in and present your insurance and identification credentials for verification. Family and friends will be allowed to wait in the surgical waiting room where coffee, juices, reading material and a tv set are available. When it is time for your surgery, you will be asked to change into a surgical gown. You will need to remove your glasses, contact lenses and dentures before surgery.
What you should do the day of your surgery
Plan to arrive promptly at the scheduled time. Arrive promptly at the scheduled time given to you during your preoperative phone call. This will allow adequate time for all necessary admission procedures.
Leave jewelry and valuables at home. Even though we provide a safe environment, it is in your best interest to leave your valuables at home. We cannot assume any responsibility for your valuables.
Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. For your comfort we encourage you to wear clothing that can easily be removed and stored. Please avoid wearing nail polish and cosmetics. Leave contact lenses at home or bring your lens case with you.
Bring your own pillow if you wish. We care about your comfort, so you are welcome to bring your own pillow. We'll be sure you have it in the recovery area after your surgery.
Do not Smoke. Smoking may interfere with the anesthetic and frequently produces nausea during the recovery period.
What you should EXPECT the DAY OF your surgery
Our staff will check you in when you arrive at the Surgery Center. Our admission process is very quick since we have obtained most of your information before you arrived. This final check allows us to verify all of your key information, so we can better serve you.
A pre-operative nurse will escort you into the pre-operative area. Our nurse will wait for you to change your clothes and store them until you are ready to go home. She will prepare you for your surgical procedure. A nurse will conduct a pre-operative assessment that will include taking your vital signs. The nurse may also start an IV if it is required for your procedure. During this time, your physician will visit with you and you will have a chance to address any concerns you may have. At this time, he will mark your site of surgery.
Your family may stay with you in the pre-operative area, if you prefer. We believe family members or friends can assist in reducing your anxiety about the procedure. If you would like a member of your family or friend to sit with you prior to your procedure, inform the nurse.
Your anesthesia provider will speak with you in the pre-operative area. The anesthesia provider will explain the procedure you will be having and review all the pre-operative information that the nurses have collected.