After the paperwork is completed, you will be escorted to a changing area/interview
room. A nurse will interview and do a nursing assessment and answer any
questions you have. You will be asked to remove most of you clothing and
any jewelry and change into a hospital gown. You may be asked to remove
your contact lenses, partial dentures or bridge work. You will be given
the opportunity to use the restroom before surgery. A urine pregnancy
test may be required of all female patients of child bearing age (menarche
to menopause) including patients currently on birth control and patients
with a history of tubal ligation.
An intravenous line will be started. Your surgeon will speak with you in
the pre-op. area and confirm the operative site with you. This is a good
opportunity to ask any last minute questions of your surgeon. An anesthesiologist
will interview you and plan your care with you. The nurse who will be
in the operating room with you will also speak with you before going to
the O.R. You may or may not be given some intravenous sedation to relax
you in the pre-operative area. Once in the operating room you will be
monitored constantly throughout the operation.
Discharge from the recovery room is at the discretion of the surgeon in
conjunction with the anesthesiologist. Before leaving you will receive
verbal as well as corresponding written instructions. Included in this
information will be general instructions regarding diet, medications,
bathing, activity restrictions, as well as those instructions specific
to your procedure.
A member of the nursing staff will telephone you the next business day
to follow your progress and to assist you and your family with whatever
questions that may arise. An emergency contact number for your doctor
should be given to you in the event care is needed before the nurse’s
follow up telephone call.
Home readiness rather than street readiness is the goal of ambulatory surgery.
This means that you are ready for discharge to home for further recuperation.
You must have a ride home from the facility.
A responsible adult friend or family member MUST drive you home. A competent
adult should remain with your after surgery. You may
NOT be discharged to a taxi, limo, or medical van. You should not resume normal
recreational or professional activities immediately. Follow your physician’s
Can I bring an iPod with headphones?
Yes, you may bring your iPod to listen to while you wait in the pre-operative area
Pain Management Patient
What if I am a Pain Management patient having an epidural injection not
a surgical patient?
Patients that are coming to the surgery center for a pain management procedure
such as back or neck pain, will be required to check in 1 hour prior to
your procedure. Patients scheduled before 1:00 pm, must have nothing to
eat or drink after midnight, regardless of the type of anesthetic you
will be receiving.
If your procedure is scheduled aft 1:00 p.m. a light breakfast is okay
as long as it is eaten prior to 7:00 a.m. You will need to stop taking
your aspirin, anti-inflammatory, or blood thinners, 7 days prior to your
procedure, unless your physicians tells you otherwise.
All patients will be required to change into a gown and remove all clothing
from the waist up, as well as belts. It is best if you leave any jewelry
at home. All patients will be receiving an intravenous line. You will
need a ride home. Patients receiving only a local anesthesia, with NO
sedation, may be allowed to drive themselves home, but must provide a
name and number on admission of someone who can pick them up if necessary.
Operating Room (O.R.)
Why is it cold in the operating room?
Temperatures are kept low in the surgical suites to reduce bacterial growth.
You will be kept warm with warm blankets.
Why am I not supposed to wear any jewelry?
Please do not wear any jewelry. Due to the equipment being utilized, jewelry
can be a potential risk to patients during surgery.
Who will take care of me during surgery?
Along with your surgeon and anesthesiologist, there will also be a circulating
RN, surgical technician, and o.r. assistant taking care of you in the
How long will my procedure take?
The average surgical time is between 30 and 60 minutes; however some surgery
can take as long a 4 hours. Times vary based on procedure type and complexity.
Occasionally procedures can take longer than scheduled.
Does my ride need to wait?
Your ride is welcome to wait in our waiting room; however no one needs
to wait the entire time. Although, if the patient is a minor, a custodial
parent must remain in the facility the entire time. We will be happy to
take a contact phone number and the nurse will call your ride ½
hour before your estimated discharge time. Remember you can NOT go home
in a cab, limo, or medical transport van.
Is there a waiting room or someplace to get coffee?
While we do not have coffee here, there is a coffee shop across the street.
In consideration of our patients who have not had anything to eat or drink,
we do not allow food or uncovered drinks in our lobby. Should your ride
bring something to eat while they wait, we ask that they simply step outside
the building to one of the benches and enjoy refreshments there.
How can I obtain a copy of my medical records?
The Medical Records department is open Monday through Thursday until 1:00
p.m. Requests can be made in writing, by fax, or by phone. A Medical Release
Form needs to be completed by the patient and there is a $15 fee due prior
to records being mailed.