At your physician’s office, you will complete a medical history and sign your physician’s informed consent. (We will also ask you to sign surgical and anesthesia consents on your day of surgery.) Prior to your surgery, call your doctor if you have questions about your procedure, and if there is any change in your physical condition, such as a cold, cough or fever.
Our nurse will call at least one day before your surgery to confirm your arrival time and answer questions about The Surgery Center. She will ask about your medical history, anesthesia experiences, and medications and supplements. Please tell the nurse if there is a possibility you’re pregnant. Call 910.887.2361 if you have not received our call by 4:00 PM the day before your surgery.
You must arrange to have a responsible adult accompany you to the center, drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home after discharge since you will be affected by the anesthesia and pain medications. Your companion may remain in the reception room during your procedure to receive updates and your surgeon’s report. (Parents of pediatric patients may remain with their child until surgery and rejoin their child in recovery.) For the first 24 hours at home, you must have a responsible adult stay with you to monitor your recovery.
How long will your surgery take? For most procedures, you can expect to be at The Surgery Center 3 to 4 hours from admission to discharge. Check with your doctor about the specifics of your surgery.
At Home before Surgery
- The night before your surgery, do not eat or drink anything after midnight. You must have an empty stomach. Liquids or food in your stomach can cause serious (even fatal) respiratory complications. If you mistakenly consume any substances after midnight (other than what your doctor instructs), tell the nurse who admits you to surgery and the anesthesiologist before your surgery.
- Your doctor or our nurse will discuss the specifics of your medications and vitamins and give you instructions about what to take and not to take. If you have been instructed by our nurse to take your morning medications, take them with only a sip of water.
- Refrain from smoking for 12 hours before your procedure.
- To minimize the risk of infection, bathe or shower the night before or in the early morning.
On the Day of Surgery
- Dress for comfort and security. Wear loose fitting clothing that is easily removed and foldable. Wear flat shoes that are easy to put on and remove.
- Do not wear contact lenses. Wear your glasses, hearing aids and dentures—and bring their storage cases.
- Do not wear jewelry or piercings as they can cause skin irritations when exposed to the equipment in the surgery room.
- Leave valuables at home.
- Bring a list of all your medications or supplements (or their containers).
- Bring your health insurance card and required payment.
- Bring a picture ID. If your ID does not include your address, bring another proof of your physical address (not a PO box), such as a current utility bill.
- Bring all pre-surgery documents and consents you have completed.