Adults Undergoing Ambulatory Surgery

By following the instructions below, you can reduce your own stress, avoid having to reschedule your surgery and make your experience at Tucson Medical Center 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 doctor about your insulin dosage or other diabetic medication.
  3. Do not take any blood thinning or anti-inflammatory medications, including aspirin. If you are on Coumadin, call your doctor to see when you should stop taking the medication. Bring to TMC a complete list of your medications and the dosages you take.
  4. If you are being treated for any other medical condition, please call your medical doctor or primary care physician to obtain specific instructions as to what you should do before surgery.
  5. Plan to have someone drive you home following surgery. If you feel this will not be possible, please call Ambulatory Surgery prior to the surgery date.
  6. Bring your insurance card(s).
  7. 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.
  8. You must arrive in Ambulatory Surgery one hour 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.
  9. If you are sick on or before the day of surgery, call your surgeon's office immediately.
  10. Surgeons may require blood work be drawn prior to surgery. Be sure to get this done before the day of surgery through the Pre-Admission Testing (Unit 600) or at a lab your surgeon designates.
  11. Wear comfortable clothes.

Ambulatory Surgery at TMC

Ambulatory surgery involves four steps: reception, pre-op preparation, surgery and recovery. When you first arrive, you'll check in and wait in a reception area. You may want to bring something to read or do until it's time to go into surgery.

In a pre-op room, you will be asked to wear a medical gown. Typically, just before your surgery, a physician (an anesthesiologist) will start an I.V. line to provide access for medication administration and hydration.

You'll wake up in the recovery room. In order to provide safety and privacy for all our patients, we will allow only one adult visitor per adult patient in the Recovery Room. When the medical staff says everything is ok, then you will be released to an adult who can drive you home. The person who drives you home is also the person who will get any instructions – orally and in writing – from the medical staff. Be sure to follow those instructions completely.