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Preparing for Surgery

Preadmission testing will be done in advance in order to better prepare you for your procedure. Registered nurses will give you preoperative instructions either by phone or in person depending on your needs. If we are unable to contact you – please call (512) 754-7999

In order to make your surgery experience as comfortable and safe as possible, we ask that you abide by the suggested recommendations. NOTE: Any changes or specific instructions provided by your surgeon should be followed.

Recommendations include:

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight (this includes water, coffee, juice, gum, mints, etc.)
  • Take your prescribed medication as directed by the preoperative nurse.
  • Contact your physician if there is any change in your physical condition (fever, cold).
  • No smoking or tobacco use before surgery.
  • Shower or bathe the evening before or the morning of your surgery.

To confirm your surgery arrival time, please call the afternoon before your scheduled procedure.

Day of Surgery

Please arrive no later than 1 hour before your scheduled time, unless otherwise instructed. Remember to bring any necessary forms or information that has been requested, such as insurance information, a driver’s license, the name and phone number of the person to contact in case of an emergency, a list of medications and the dosage you may normally take, a durable power of attorney for health care, legal guardianship (if applicable). Leave medications at home, unless otherwise instructed by your physician or the preoperative nurse.

For security reasons, we request that you do not wear jewelry or bring items of value with you to the Surgery Center. The facility cannot assume liability for any loss. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please consider wearing glasses instead of your contacts on the day of surgery. If you decide to wear contact lenses, bring a storage case to place them in during surgery. Wear comfortable, loose clothes that can be easily removed. The Surgery Center will provide a storage bag for your belongings and the surgical attire you will change into for your procedure.

You MUST make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours.

Patients will not be permitted to drive themselves or take public transportation (bus, taxi) for at least 24 hours after surgery.

Upon arrival, the admissions staff will complete your paperwork and you will be admitted.

A preoperative nurse will review your medical history, take your vitals and start your IV.

If you are having more than a local anesthetic, you will meet with an anesthesiologist prior to surgery. A preoperative medication may be ordered for you at this time.

Once you are in the operating room, your care will be closely monitored throughout the entire procedure. After surgery, you will be transported to the recovery room for post surgical care.

After your surgery

You will receive written instructions before you leave the Surgery Center. A nurse will be available to answer any questions you may have upon discharge. Due to the medication you receive during your surgery, you may feel sleepy throughout the next 24 hours. You should not drive a car, operate machinery or power tools, drink alcoholic beverages, make any important decisions or sign any important documents during this 24 hour time period. For your own safety and protection, a responsible adult should stay with you for the remainder of the day and night.

Please call your physician if you develop:

  • A fever over 101 degrees
  • Pain that is not relieved by pain medication
  • Any bleeding or unexpected drainage from the wound
  • Extreme redness or swelling around the incision site
  • Nausea or vomiting that does not progressively subside

If your child is having Surgery

If your child will be undergoing surgery at the center, our staff will do everything we can to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible before, during and after the procedure. We know from experience that it helps to show and tell pediatric patients and their parents what they can expect the day of surgery. If appropriate, you can call us prior to the scheduled surgery date to arrange a personal tour and meet some of the staff. A nurse from the center will call you at least one day before your child’s surgery to go over instructions, including the preoperative guidelines and the day of surgery checklist. If you can’t be reached by phone, please be sure to call the center no later than the day before surgery.

On the day of surgery, it is a good idea to bring your child’s favorite stuffed animal, blanket, toy or other item from home so he or she will be more at ease. You’ll have an opportunity to talk with your child’s anesthesiologist, and just before the procedure we’ll help get your child dressed into pajamas and slippers. Although we never leave our young patients alone, we prefer that you stay with your child at all times, right up until the time your child is taken to the operating room. Shortly after surgery, parents are reunited with their child, so one of the first faces your child sees will be yours.

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