Preparing for Your Procedure
Food and Drink
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure. This includes: no water, no gum, no hard candy/mints.
Consult your doctor if you are taking medication for heart, diabetes, blood thinners or respiratory problems. Remember to bring a list of all medications you are taking to the Surgery Center on the day of your procedure. If applicable, bring your emergency inhalers and migraine medications.
Your doctor may order other tests including lab work or EKG that need to be done prior to your procedure.
Symptoms of Illness
If you develop a cold, flu, sore throat, fever or persistent cough, notify your doctor promptly. Your surgery/procedure may need to be rescheduled for a later date.
Pregnancy and Outpatient Surgery Procedures
It is important to know if there is any possibility you may be pregnant. If so, you must notify your doctor prior to your procedure. If applicable, be prepared to tell the staff the date of your last menstrual period.
Pre-Op Phone Call
You will receive a pre-operative phone call from the Surgery Center staff the day before your procedure to review and confirm any instructions (e.g. arrival time, location, medication, etc) and ask questions.
What to Wear or Bring
On the day of your procedure, wear casual, loose-fitting clothing and flat shoes. We will provide you with a surgical cap, gown and surgical slippers to wear during your stay. We will keep your clothing and personal items in a bag for safekeeping. Feel free to bring reading materials. Cell phones may be needed to contact someone for transportation following your procedure; but consider writing down contact numbers.
A photo ID or insurance card are also required.
What NOT to Wear or Bring
- No small children are allowed at the Surgery Center. Please arrange for childcare.
- Please do not wear jewelry or contact lenses. Instead, please bring eyeglasses for your visit.
- Do not wear cosmetics or nail polish. These can conceal changes in your skin and nail color that your doctor needs to assess during surgery and in recovery.
- Leave your valuables (including wallet, credit cards, purse, cell phone, etc.) at home. The Surgery Center is not responsible for lost valuables.
- PAMF Surgery Centers are a fragrance-free environment. Please do not wear any scented products.
What to Ask Your Doctor
- Are there any specific instructions for food and drink before or after my procedure?
- When may I shower after my procedure?
- What should I expect the week following my procedure?
- Are there any signs or symptoms I should be aware of following my procedure?
- When may I resume normal activities (e.g. driving)?
If you are a patient who does not speak or understand English, please inform the Surgery Center staff in advance of your need for a translator. Last-minute requests for translation may require rescheduling of your procedure for a later date.
On the Day of Your Operation/Procedure
Transportation and Parking
Parking is located in the parking structure adjacent to the Surgery Center. You must arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after discharge from the Surgery Center. You may not take public transportation (bus, train, etc.). Taxi service may be used if you are accompanied by another responsible adult (not the driver). Failure to arrange for transportation home will require cancellation of your procedure.
When you arrive at the Surgery Center, a nurse will guide you through the admission process. Please bring your insurance cards, a photo ID and the name and phone number of the responsible adult driving you home. Please let us know if there are any changes in your insurance or contact information.
Anesthesia and Pre-Op
If your procedure requires only a local anesthesia, your surgeon will provide it. If you are scheduled for general anesthesia, an anesthesiologist will discuss your care with you. Before and/or during you are taken to the operating room for your procedure, you will receive an IV for fluids and administration of medications.
When your procedure is complete, you will be taken to a recovery room where our experienced nursing staff will care for you until you are ready to go home. You will be given discharge instructions and be escorted to your vehicle by our staff. Remember, you must have a responsible adult drive you home. In the rare occasion that your medical condition should require hospitalization, we will transfer you to the appropriate hospital where you will continue to be cared for by our physicians.
We highly recommend that you arrange to have a responsible adult stay at home with you the day and night following your procedure. If your doctor gives you a post-procedure prescription, it is wise to get it filled before your procedure. Plan to get plenty of rest, which is an important part of healing.
Advanced Health Care Directive or Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders
For patients undergoing elective procedures at the Surgery Center, life-sustaining procedures will be taken if necessary until the patient can be transferred to a higher level of care (such as a hospital).
What to Expect After Your Procedure
After any procedure, always follow your doctor's orders regarding rest, diet and medication. You should not drive, operate machinery, make important decisions or sign important papers for at least 24 hours after you have had a sedative medication or anesthesia. You should also avoid alcohol during this time. Your post-op instructions include the physicians and emergency phone numbers.
You may experience some nausea, dizziness and/or a sore throat after your procedure. These conditions are typically minor and short-lived, and should not delay your discharge from the Surgery Center. Constipation can occur after surgery due to decreased activity and use of narcotic pain medications. If you do not have a bowel movement within 48 hours, you may take an over-the-counter laxative of your choice.
Follow-up Phone Call
A nurse from the Surgery Center may phone you the next working day after your procedure to check on your progress and to answer any questions you might have. Please let us know if you do not wish to receive a phone call.
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