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Before and During Your Procedure
Patient Care and Preparation for the Day of Your Surgery
Week Before Surgery
- A Surgicenter representative may contact you to discuss your insurance and payment information.
- Pre-operative tests may be scheduled prior to surgery.
- A nurse will call you to review your medical history and discuss any medications you may be taking.
How to Prepare for your Surgery
- Please arrive at our center one hour before your scheduled time.
- Do not eat or drink anything including water, chewing gum and mints after midnight the night before your surgery. Undigested food and liquids in the stomach can cause complications and will most likely require your surgery to be postponed or cancelled.
- Refrain from smoking after 6:00pm the day before your surgery.
- Bathe or shower and brush your teeth (taking care not to swallow any water) the morning of surgery. This will help minimize the chance of infection. Do not use hair products or makeup the morning of surgery.
- All valuables should be left at home. Hillcrest Hospital South Surgicenter is not responsible for any valuables you bring with you.
- Remove all mascara, nail polish, contacts and all body jewelry prior to your arrival. We also suggest you wear casual, loose-fitting clothes. The Surgicenter is kept cool for infection control purposes, so you might want to bring a sweater or jacket. During surgery, you will wear a patient gown provided by our center.
- Arrange for an adult to accompany you and stay at the Surgicenter for the duration of your stay and to drive you home for your own safety and protection. You will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle if you have had any sedation.
- Please try not to bring extra people or children with you, due to limited space and to protect the privacy and comfort of you and others.
- If you suspect you are pregnant, please notify your doctor and the anesthesia personnel.
- If you experience any health changes between your recent visit to your doctor and the day of your procedure, notify your doctor. Please report even minor changes such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold.
- Diagnostic studies and lab work may be determined by your doctor or anesthesiologist. The doctor's office will schedule these studies for you and discuss where they will be performed.
- If your child is having surgery, feel free to bring a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket. Children may be brought in wearing their pajamas. Please bring an empty bottle or sippy cup if your child can't drink from a regular cup.
- Arrange for another adult to accompany you to the center and stay with you for the duration of your child's stay. It is best to have another adult with the driver to help care for the child on the trip home.
What Happens After Your Surgery
- After surgery, you will be moved to our fully equipped recovery room, where you will remain under close observation by the anesthesiologist, our recovery room nurses and staff until you are ready to go home.
- Although the length of the post-operative stay varies according to the type of procedure and your surgeon's instructions, most patients are discharged one or two hours after surgery. Your doctor will speak with a family member or adult who accompanies you after your surgery. Again, it is important for this person to remain in the building.
- Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, and medications.
Please follow these general guidelines after surgery:
- Have a responsible adult drive you home
- Plan to have someone stay with you for 24 hours
- Relax and pamper yourself for the first 24 hours following surgery
- Call your doctor if you have any complications after surgery. Notify your doctor if treatment recommendations cannot be followed as prescribed.
Day of Surgery
- Do not wear contact lenses. If you must wear them, please bring a case
- Do not wear jewelry, watches, or body jewelry of any type.
- Do not wear make-up.
- Do not use powders, lotions, creams, oils, or hair products. Deodorants may be used.
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Leave valuables at home.
- Shower or bathe the morning of surgery or the night before surgery.