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Pre Surgery

  1. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight (this includes water, coffee, juice, gum or candy) unless you are given different instructions by your surgeon or anesthesiologist. It is dangerous to be put to sleep or sedated when you have food or liquid in your stomach.
  2. Please follow instructions given by the surgery center nurse regarding preoperative medications.

  3. Please bathe or shower the night before or morning of your surgery.
  4. Try to get a good night's rest before your surgery. Adults should wear casual street clothes, especially low heeled shoes. Debilitated patients may wear night clothes and robe to the surgery center.
  5. Jewelry and/or makeup should not be worn the day of surgery. Valuables such as jewelry, cash, credit cards, etc., should be left at home.
  6. Contact lenses are not to be worn to surgery. If you wear contact lenses, please bring your contact case with you or wear glasses.
  7. As a rule, dentures (full or partial) must be removed prior to surgery. You will be provided with a denture cup so they may be returned to you as soon as possible following surgery.
  8. Before any medication is given or any other preparations are started, you must sign a consent form. Signing the consent form means you understand your doctor's explanation of the surgical procedure.
  9. If you are having anesthesia services, you will not be permitted to drive yourself home after surgery. The drugs and/or anesthesia you may receive will make it unsafe for you to drive a car, walk to your home, or use public transportation. Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home within one (1) to three (3) hours after your surgery and remain with you during the first night after surgery.

The family member or responsible adult who is accompanying you should remain in the Surgery Center waiting area during your procedure and recovery period. They should read all of these pre-mentioned instructions.

Post Surgery

  1. All patients will remain in the recovery area until reasonably alert and the doctor has given permission for you to go home.
  2. For patients having any type of anesthesia services:
    • You must be accompanied by a responsible adult upon leaving the Surgery Center. An adult should remain with you overnight and read these instructions carefully.
    • Do not attempt to drive a motor vehicle, operate power tools, or drink alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours after surgery.
    • If you have questions or problems, such as bleeding, severe pain, or difficulty breathing, call your doctor or go to the emergency room.
  3. You will be given a list of instructions for activity, medications, and physician follow-up before you leave the Surgery Center. We will read these over with you and make sure you understand them after your surgery.
  4. A nurse will contact you by phone the day following your surgery to check your progress. Patients who have surgery on Friday will be contacted on Monday.

Information for Parents

  1. Do not let your child eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before surgery unless you are given different instructions by your surgeon or anesthesiologist.
  2. Please bathe your child the night before surgery.
  3. Try to ensure that your child has a good night's rest.
  4. Children should not wear any jewelry the day of the surgery, although children may wear their own pajamas and bring a favorite toy or book.
  5. Before any medication is given to your child or other preparations are started, you must sign a consent form. Signing the consent form means that you, the parent or legal guardian, understand your doctor's explanation of the surgical procedure. The parent or guardian must remain in attendance the entire time the child is a Surgery Center patient.
  6. We recommend that one (1) adult accompany a pediatric patient up to 18 years of age.

  7. Please note: If there is any change in your child's physical condition prior to surgery - such as cold, fever, or infection, notify the Surgery Center immediately at (309) 692-9210.

Anesthesia

DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL 24 HOURS BEFORE OR AFTER ANESTHESIA SERVICES.

You will be having either local anesthesia (no sedatives or anesthesia services) or...

Anesthesia services (sedation, regional, epidural, or general anesthesia): You will be billed separately for the professional services of your anesthesiologist.

Medications

It is very important for you to bring us the names and dosages of the medications that you are taking. Please write them down and bring the list with you when you come to the office for pre-testing and to the Surgery Center for your surgery.

Insurance Information

Help us control the cost of patient care by bringing your insurance identification card with you. This will allow us to verify and expedite your coverage.

Change of Condition

IF THERE IS ANY CHANGE IN YOUR PHYSICAL CONDITION PRIOR TO SURGERY - such as a cold, fever, or infection - notify the Surgery Center immediately at (309) 692-9210.