Pre-Surgical Care

Before Surgery

  • Complete the Health History Questionnaire the practitioner gives to you.
  • Have the patient’s primary care physician complete a History and Physical form; this must be completed within 30 days of surgery. The practitioner will determine if any pre-operative testing is necessary. Tell the doctor about any medications, including aspirin, the patient takes on a regular basis. The patient may need to stop taking certain medications prior to surgery.
  • Arrange for a ride home with a responsible adult. The patient must be at home with a responsible adult for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • A parent or guardian must accompany all children (under 18 years of age) to the Surgicenter.
  • Surgicenter staff will contact you several days prior to the procedure to discuss the patient’s health history.

The Day Before Surgery

  • A Surgicenter nurse will call you two working days before the procedure to confirm the time of the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you won’t be available, please call us between 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m. the day before the procedure.
  • Unless otherwise informed by the Surgicenter nurse, make sure the patient has nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery.

The Day of Surgery

  • The patient should wear loose, comfortable, casual clothing. Leave all jewelry and valuables at home. We will provide a gown and a bag to store the patient's clothing. The patient should wear glasses, not contacts.
  • The patient may not attend school or daycare the day of the surgery. A responsibile adult must ensure the patient has not had any food or drink before the surgery. 
  • Bring the patient’s insurance card, completed Health History Questionnaire, and completed History and Physical (if not previously mailed or faxed).
  • Arrive at the Surgicenter at the time instructed by the nurse.
  • If possible, arrange for siblings of the patient to stay at home with another adult, because the patient will require your full attention after the procedure.
  • Please observe the above requirements for the patient’s safety. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of your surgery.
  • Other than when in the operating room, one family member may accompany the patient at all times.
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