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A checklist before your Surgery

  • Call your physician immediately if you notice a change in your health between the time you saw your surgeon and the day of your procedure.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Bring your medical insurance cards.
  • Bring a current list of medications that you take regularly.
  • Bring containers to store your contacts, eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.
  • Do not bring jewelry or other valuables, including wedding bands or body piercing.
  • Do not wear makeup, hairpins, nail polish, body powder, or contact lenses if possible.

If you are having general anesthesia or sedation for your procedure:

  • Take nothing by mouth after midnight the night before. This means that you cannot drink any liquids, eat food, chew gum, smoke a cigarette, or have a mint. If you brush your teeth, do not swallow any water. If your surgery is late in the day, please ask the nurse or anesthesiologist about having a light breakfast. This is important as your stomach must be empty when you receive anesthesia.
  • You will be instructed by your doctor or pre-admission nurse which medications to take the moming of surgery. Take medication with a sip of water only.

These instructions are for your safety. Please follow the directions from the pre-admission nurse and the anesthesiologist prior to surgery to avoid possible cancellation.

Other advance instructions for all patients:

  • Patients who are having an outpatient procedure with anesthesia must arrange for a responsible adult to take them home and stay with them for 24 hours.
  • Patients receiving local anesthesia may drive themselves home.
  • Bring a current list of medications that you take regularly.
  • Bring containers to store your contacts, eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup on the day of surgery. Remove all fingernail and toenail polish.
  • Wear your glasses instead of contacts on the day of surgery. If you must wear contacts, bring a container for your lenses.
  • All jewelry must be removed, including all body piercing jewelry.
  • Wear loose, comfo1iable clothing.
  • Bring extra underwear or diapers for young children. You may want to bring a security item for your child, such as a favorite toy or blanket.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are taking any herbal remedies. Your doctor may want you to discontinue your herbal remedies prior to surgery.
  • Check with your doctor-he/she may want you to avoid vitamin E, aspirin, Advil, naproxen, ibuprofen, Aleve, and other anti-inflammatories.
  • Please notify your surgeon if you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever, or any other health related problems prior to surgery.
  • If you must cancel your surgery, please notify your surgeon's office to make the necessary arrangements.
  • You have the right to expect appropriate pain control. We may not be able to eliminate your pain, but we can lower pain to a tolerable level. Your physician will write a prescription for pain medications for home use, but The Surgery Center, LLC does not fill prescriptions. You will need to be prepared to fill your prescription at a pharmacy of your choice.
  • On the day of your procedure, we will need:
       A copy of your insurance card(s)
       A photo ID
  • Payment of any co-payment, deductible, and estimated co-insurance. Payment may be made by check, cash, cashier's check, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard.

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