WHAT TO EXPECT
You will be contacted one to two days prior to surgery unless
otherwise notified by your doctor’s office. If this is inconvenient or if we
are unable to reach you, it is important for you to call 929-7229 prior to your
arrival. This is to confirm the date and arrival time for your surgery, discuss
preoperative instructions, review your medical history, discuss financial
responsibilities you may have the day of surgery, and answer any questions you
may have about your surgery.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our receptionist, who will assist you with
registration. IT WILL GREATLY EXPEDITE YOUR ADMITTING PROCESS IF YOU WILL
PATIENT MEDICAL HISTORY FORMS (found in
Patient Forms) PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL.
Although it is
never anticipated, you may experience an unexpected delay prior to the actual
performance of your procedure. This might occur for a variety of reasons;
however, whatever the nature of the delay, we will make every attempt to keep
you informed as to the cause of the delay and of a revised time frame for your
surgery. Please remember that if at any time you are concerned about a delay
you are experiencing, you are encouraged to address these concerns to any
member of the Surgery Center Staff.
After registering, the nurse will escort you to the pre-operative area where you
will be asked to read and sign a surgical consent form and answer questions
regarding your medical history. In the case of a minor child, the surgical
consent must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Parents of a minor child
must remain in the facility during surgery. You will be asked to change into a
surgical gown and you will be assisted onto a preoperative bed. If you are
having a general anesthetic, your anesthesiologist will meet you and review
your overall health and medical history. It is important to provide the
anesthesiologist with the names of any medication you have been taking.
When your surgeon is ready you will be taken to the operating room. If your
family is waiting, we will keep them informed regarding your progress and when
your surgery is completed. It is important that your family let the
receptionist know if they plan to wait or leave and when they return, as your
surgeon may want to talk with them following your surgery.
After your surgery, you will go to the recovery room for approximately one hour.
When you are awake and recovered enough to go home, you will dress, be assisted
to a wheelchair and escorted to your transportation. If you are participating
in our 23 Hour Stay Program, you will be discharged home within 23 hours from
your time of admission to the Surgery Center. YOU MUST ARRANGE FOR A
RESPONSIBLE FRIEND OR RELATIVE TO DRIVE YOU HOME FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY IF YOU
HAVE HAD ANY FORM OF GENERAL, IV OR ORAL SEDATION OR PAIN RELIEF. You will not
be permitted to leave alone following surgery. If you must take a taxi home you
will be required to have a friend or relative with you. It is not safe to care
for a child who has had surgery while you are trying to drive a car. Please
arrange to have another adult along on the ride home. The ONLY exception to
this ride home policy relates to ADULT patients having surgery with just local
infiltration of medications at the site of their surgery. These patients (who
receive NO pain pills, pain shots, epidural injections, or anesthesia) may be
discharged WITHOUT an accompanying adult and may drive themselves home.