- Any changes in your health (even minor ones such as a cold or cough) should be reported to your surgeon prior to your surgery date.
- If you suspect that you are pregnant, please notify your surgeon prior to your surgery date.
- Refrain from smoking after midnight the day of your surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything (including water, gum, mints) after midnight the day of surgery.
- Bathe or shower and brush your teeth (taking care not to swallow any water) the morning of surgery.
- Remove all makeup, nail polish and contacts. If you must wear contacts, please bring your storage case for use during surgery. Leave all jewelry, cash and valuables at home.
- Arrange for a responsible adult (minimum age of 18) to accompany you to the center, receive discharge instructions, drive you home and stay with you for the first night following surgery.
- Limit the number of people who accompany you to the center. We suggest that adult patients be accompanied by only one person. We do welcome both parents of pediatric patients. It would be better if siblings did not visit due to lack of entertainment at the center.
- Bring all insurance cards and another form of ID such as a Driver's License. It is important for us to have all the current and correct information. As a courtesy to you, we will submit your claim to the insurance company.
Day of Surgery
On the day of surgery you should arrive at the center approximately 1 hour before your surgery unless you are instructed otherwise.
Our center opens at 5:30am.
Patients who are minors must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian who will be required to sign the operative permit.
You and your child are invited to get acquainted with our staff and facilities. Please call for an appointment and a tour of our facility prior to the day of surgery to help alleviate the fears of both child and parent.
Both parents may stay with their child in the pre-operative area before surgery and in recovery following surgery. Feel free to bring his/her favorite stuffed animal or security blanket. A parent or legal guardian must remain in the facility while their child is under our care.
You will be moved to our recovery room, where you will undergo close observation by the anesthesiologist and our recovery room nurses. Your doctor will wish to talk with a family member/friend after your surgery, therefore it is important for this person to remain in the building.
Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions and the center will provide a written summary of these instructions prior to your discharge.
If you had anesthesia and/or pain medications, you will need a responsible adult (minimum age of 18) to drive you home and stay with you the first 24 hours after surgery.
The following activities will need to be postponed following the first 24 hours after surgery:
- driving, operating equipment
- signing important papers
- making important decisions
- drinking alcoholic beverages