Prepare for Your Surgery
A few days before your scheduled surgery, a peri-operative Registered Nurse will call you to review your medical history and discuss special instructions that you will need to follow. Please prepare a list of your medications and any questions you may have to discuss during this phone interview.
In advance of your surgery :
- Arrange for someone to drive you home from the Surgery Center
- Make sure that a responsible adult stays with you the rest of the day and throughout the night following surgery.
- If you have small children, please make arrangements for childcare so that you can rest when you get home.
- If you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever or other health problems, please notify your physician and the Surgery Center as soon as possible.
The night before surgery:
- Do not eat or drink anything eight hours prior to your surgery. This includes water, coffee, tea, soda, candy, mints and chewing tobacco. This is for your own safety and eating may result in your surgery being cancelled.
- If your child is having surgery, please check with the surgery center for instructions regarding when they should stop eating.
- When you brush your teeth, rinse your mouth without swallowing any water.
- If you normally take medications during this time, the nurse will discuss this with you during your preoperative phone interview.
- If you smoke, it is recommended that you refrain from smoking the day before your surgery.
- Shower or bathe and wash your hair to minimize the chance of infection.
The morning of surgery:
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing to the Surgery Center.
- Leave all jewelry, cash and other valuables at home. If you wear contact lenses you may be asked to remove them prior to surgery so please bring your glasses and contact case with you.
- Bring your insurance cards and driver’s license or identification.
- If your child is having surgery, please make sure you bring along a bottle or sippy cup, comforting toy and blanket.
A member of our staff will review admission and insurance forms with you. Once in the pre-operative area, your nurse will prepare you for surgery and provide appropriate assistance to make you comfortable. After your surgery is complete, you will recover in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. Registered Nurses will observe you closely and monitor your vital signs frequently until you are ready to be discharged. Throughout this period, your family members will be kept informed about your progress.
Most patients are ready to go home within one to two hours after surgery. Patient’s sometimes experience drowsiness and minor after effects following surgery and anesthesia, including muscle aches, sore throat, dizziness, headaches and nausea. These side effects usually decline rapidly in the hours following surgery, but it may take several days before they are completely gone. Plan to take it easy for a few days until you feel back to normal.
The Surgery Center is specially equipped to handle pediatric surgery. At the time of your child’s pre-admission interview, a peri-operative Registered Nurse will be available to answer any questions you or your child may have. We would be happy to arrange for a tour of our facility as well.
One or both parents (or guardians) must remain at the Surgery Center while your child is at our facility. A parent (or guardian) must sign consents for surgery if the child is under 18 years of age. Written proof of guardianship is required on the day of surgery. Without this, surgery may be postponed.
We understand that children can be frightened about having surgery. We also know that it is very difficult for the parents, so we try to let you spend as much time as possible with your child. Following surgery, when your child is awake, you may stay with them in the recovery room.Our anesthesia specialists are well trained in the care of pediatric patients. We encourage you to bring a special toy or blanket, as familiar things will help alleviate anxiety. Please leave children not having surgery at home, as your child having surgery will need your undivided attention.