Preparing for Surgery
- You will need to bring a photo ID (i.e. driver's license, military ID), your insurance card, and any co-pay/deductibles with you.
- All minors MUST have the parent or legal guardian in the building at all times while the child is under our care.
- If there are any legal documents regarding Guardianship, Emancipation, or Power of Attorney, please bring them with you. We will require that a copy of all legal documents be in the patient's chart, prior to the start of surgery. Please note that our facility does not honor Living Wills/ DNR orders, however, if you have one, we will place a copy of it in your record, and should a hospital transfer become necessary, a copy will be transferred with you.
- Please make sure any ordered EKG/lab work is done as early as possible but preferably more than 3 days prior to your surgery.
- Please wear loose comfortable clothing; easy to get in and out of. If you are having a shoulder procedure it is best to wear a button up shirt and one that is too big for you. Please minimize make-up and fingernail/toe polish. It is preferred that none be worn.
- If you wear glasses, please bring them with you. Contacts must be removed before surgery.
- Please do not bring any valuables or jewelry to the facility. All rings that are loose enough to come off should be removed including wedding rings and they MUST be off the hand on the side we are working on. If the ring will not come off (i.e. wedding ring and we are working on the left), you will need to have the ring cut off or we will have to cancel/reschedule the surgery. ALL piercings must be removed for safety issues. If you are afraid that the piercing will close, you may remove the piercing in the pre-op area.
- If you use a rescue inhaler (i.e. Albuterol), please bring it on the day of surgery. Many times the anesthesiologist will have you use it just before surgery.
- Small children may bring a favorite toy/blanket to make them feel more comfortable prior to and following their surgery. If the child requires a bottle or sipper cup, please bring one with you filled only with water or apple juice, for after surgery.
- Patients should refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol 24 hours before the surgery.
Eating and Drinking
For adults and children over the age of 5:
If your surgery time is before 12 noon: you may NOT eat or drink anything (nothing by mouth; NO water, mints or gum) after midnight.
If your surgery time is after 12 noon: NO solid foods after midnight but you may continue to drink CLEAR liquids (water, soda, clear juices) up until 6 hours before your surgery (then NOTHING by mouth).
For children under the age of 5:
NO solid foods for 6 hours prior to the surgery, but they may continue clear liquids until 4 hours prior to the surgery. At 4 hours prior to surgery, the child may NOT have ANYTHING by mouth.
***Please be aware, if you do not follow the above listed criteria, due to health risks, your surgery may be cancelled or postponed.
You MUST have a driver available to take you home. If this person is not waiting for you in the lobby, we must have a VALID CONTACT PHONE number and they must be within 30 minutes of the surgery center.
Someone MUST be with you for the 24 hours following surgery. You may NOT be home alone or cared for by a child under 16 years of age. You also must not be responsible for small children during this time.
There is absolutely no driving, operating heavy machinery, or making major/legal decisions for 24 hours following the surgery due to the lingering effects of anesthesia.
Following your surgery, you will be discharged with written medication prescriptions that will require you to get them filled at the pharmacy. Please note that we do not give you pills to take home, nor do we have a pharmacy in the building. If you will have any problem filling the prescriptions following surgery, please call your surgeon PRIOR to your surgery date to request them ahead of time. You may call 784-6200 to make these arrangements.
If your surgery requires you to be on crutches, we can supply them to you, but they are charged to your insurance company. Please check with your insurance company; we use DeRoyal/Medfix , and it is possible that your insurance company will not accept charges from them. If you are unable to use, or do not want crutches you will need to obtain a prescription from the doctor's office for walker/ roll-about or wheelchair and then obtain the product from a medical supply company.
Pre-Surgery Medication Instructions
To ensure your safety you must discuss any and all medications that you are taking with your Surgeon as he has the details of your medical history and your medication history.
His office will supply you with some information in addition to that contained in this brochure.
If you are having any medical difficulties prior to surgery, please let the surgeon's office know immediately of the issues.
If you have any non-emergency medical problems the morning of Surgery, like you wake up with a fever; flu-like symptoms; sore throat, etc., and it is before 8:00 A.M. please call the Surgery Center at 520-784-6500 and let us know. If it is after 8:00 A.M. please contact the surgeon's office at 520-784-6200.
If you have an emergency please call or have a family member call 9-1-1 and tell them you are having a medical emergency and the nature of the emergency. They will respond immediately to assess the problem and take care of you.