Adult Patients in Ambulatory Surgery

Welcome to Ambulatory Surgery!

We thank you for choosing TMC and want your surgery experience to be less stressful. We want you to know what to expect on your day of surgery. Ambulatory Surgery involves four steps: reception, pre-op preparation, surgery and recovery. We request that you arrive two hours before your surgery time unless instructed to arrive earlier by your surgeon. We also ask that you please bring a family member or friend with you because you will not be allowed to drive home after your procedure.

When you first arrive, you'll check in at the self-check-in kiosks. TMC volunteers will assist you with using the kiosks and make sure you're in the right place. A patient photo will be taken and you will be given an identification number to begin processing your visit.

A TMC Patient Access staff will complete the registration process and call you up by your number and prepare you to go to your dedicated pre-op room.You may want to bring something to read or do until it's time to go to the pre-op room.

We encourage you to ask any questions regarding your surgery that you might have as we want to ease concerns and want you understand everything.

In your pre-op room, you will be asked to change into a medical gown, and we will check vital signs and make additional notes in the computer. Typically, your pre-op nurse will start your I.V. Occasionally other tests including lab work and EKGs are ordered for the day of surgery. Your surgeon, anesthesiologist and operating room nurse will meet with you before surgery and address any additional questions or concerns.

When the surgery team is ready, you will go into the operating room and your family or friend will return to the Lobby. The surgeon will speak to your family or friend when the operation is completed.

After surgery, you will wake up in the recovery room. When you are stable, a family member or friend will be brought to the recovery room to be with you and to receive your discharge instructions in writing from your recovery nurse. Be sure to follow you discharge instructions completely.

We look forward to seeing you on your surgery day!

By following the instructions below, you can reduce stress, avoid delays or having to reschedule your surgery, and make your experience at Tucson Medical Center less stressful and as positive as possible.

  1. If your surgery is scheduled in the morning, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before surgery. That includes water! If the surgery is scheduled after 12 noon, call your surgeon for specific instructions about what you may or may not eat or drink.
  2. If you routinely take medications in the morning (especially blood pressure medication), take these with a sip of water early the morning of surgery. If you are a diabetic, consult with your doctors about your insulin dosage or other diabetic medication.
  3. If you are on Coumadin or other blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications, call your doctors to see when you should stop taking the medication. Bring to TMC a complete list of your medications and the dosages you take.
  4. Plan to have someone drive you home following surgery. They will also need to receive your discharge instructions.
  5. Bring your ID and insurance card(s).
  6. If a developmentally disabled person is having surgery, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the surgery consent form. If you are the legal guardian, bring proof of guardianship papers with you.
  7. You must arrive on the second floor of the TMC Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower two hours prior to your scheduled surgery time unless told otherwise by your surgeon. If you are having cataract surgery, please arrive 1½ hours before your surgery time so that we can begin giving you drops to dilate your eye.
  8. If you are sick on or before the day of surgery, call your surgeon's office immediately and call (520) 382-8510 (2nd floor registration desk) or (520) 382-8602 (3rd floor registration desk).
  9. Surgeons may require blood work be drawn prior to surgery. Be sure to get this done before the day of surgery through Pre-Anesthesia Testing or at a lab your surgeon designates.
  10. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.