Your arrival time at the surgery center will be 2 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time. If you are given a surgery time at your surgeon’s office, it MAY NOT be the same as it appears on your finalized surgery schedule. Therefore, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you contact our facility prior to your surgery date if you have not received a telephone call from us already.
You MUST have someone available to drive you home after your surgery or your procedure WILL NOT be performed. You MAY NOT go home in a taxi. There are no exceptions to these rules.
Please bring your insurance information, a picture ID, and a written list of the medicines you are currently taking (please do not bring the actual containers); and we encourage you to wear comfortable clothing and NO jewelry. ALL jewelry worn to the facility must be removed prior to your surgery or your procedure will not be performed. Contact lenses, eye glasses and dentures must be removed prior to surgery. Hearing aids can be worn during most procedures.
If you use any medications on a daily basis for heart problems, high cholesterol, seizures, asthma, or acid reflux and you normally take them in the morning, you may take these medicines the morning of your surgery. If you take medication for high blood pressure DO NOT take the morning of surgery without first calling to consult our staff. If you are diabetic and use medication for your diabetes, please DO NOT take your diabetic medication(s) the morning of your surgery.
If you take any blood thinning medications such as Coumadin, Warfarin, aspirin, Plavix, or Pradaxa, or any anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or Mobic, it is VERY important that you ask your physician whether or not these medications need to be stopped prior to your surgery date. If you use inhalers or a CPAP machine to help you breathe at night, please bring these items with you to the surgery center.
It is VERY IMPORTANT not to have anything to eat after midnight the evening prior to your surgery. You may have clear liquids such as water, Gatorade, juices without pulp (apple, cranberry), and/or coffee without milk or cream up to one hour prior to your arrival time at the surgery center the morning of your surgery.
If you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant, your surgery will need to be rescheduled to a hospital setting. If you have an internal defibrillator or pacemaker in your chest, please bring the information/ID card you were given when the device was implanted.