Preparing for your Surgery

Preparing for your procedure at our surgery center in advance can make the day of surgery less stressful. surgery

  • Schedule your history and physical at least 3 days prior to your surgery date to avoid cancellation.
  • Make arrangements for someone to transport you home.
  • Please arrange for someone to stay in our waiting room during your stay here.
  • We recommend that a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Preadmission lab work and tests may be done at your physician’s office.
  • Please contact your insurance carrier to verify coverage.
  • A nurse from the Ambulatory Surgical Center will call you prior to your day of surgery to give your arrival time and answer any questions you might have.
  • If you get a cold, sore throat, or have symptoms of illness within two days of your scheduled surgery, please call your surgeon.
  • If you have made an Advanced Directive for Healthcare, please provide a copy for your file here at the ASC.
  • Do not shave near the surgical site. Shaving with a razor can irritate your skin and make it easier to develop infection.
  • If you have an open wound or sunburn on your operative arm or leg, please contact your surgeon prior to the day of your procedure. Failure to do so may result in having your surgery being postponed until the wound is healed.
  • Know that the center reserves the right to deny surgery if you have a remaining unpaid balance.24 Hours Before Surgery...
  • Confirm your transportation home following your surgery.
  • Confirm your arrangements to have someone wait in the waiting room during your surgery.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, and non-prescription medication.
  • Follow your physician’s instructions regarding medication usage.
  • Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours before your procedure unless you have received other specific instructions. (Failure to follow the instructions may result in delay or cancellation of your procedure.)
  • Shower or bathe with soap the evening prior to or the morning of your procedure.The Day of Surgery...


  • Do not eat or drink anything unless you have received other specific instructions.
  • Do not wear any jewelry including rings, necklaces, earrings, or body piercings.
  • Do not wear make-up or nail polish.
  • Leave any money or valuables at home.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Bring a container for storing your glasses or contact lenses.
  • Bring reading material, etc. in case of an unforeseen delay.
  • Bring your insurance cards, photo ID and any co-pay you are responsible for.
  • No family members are allowed in the operating room per center policy.After Surgery...

    Your family will be able to join you when you return to the post-operative area. Recovery times are individual and vary with types of procedures and anesthesia.

  • Immediately following your surgery, your surgeon may talk with you and your family about your surgery and answer any questions you may have. Unfortunately, due to medications and anesthesia you may not remember this conversation.You will be discharged when:


  • Your vital signs have returned to pre-procedure levels.
  • You are free from all but minimal pain and nausea.
  • You have received and understand your discharge instructions.
  • Any other criteria is met as determined by your physician.
    If you have any problems after you return home, please call your surgeon at the number provided to you on your discharge instruction sheet.
    With your permission, a nurse will call you the day following your surgery (unless your have an appointment scheduled with your surgeon) to inquire how you are doing.If Your Child is Having a Procedure at our Surgery Center...


  • Talk to your child about coming to our Surgery Center.
  • If you have other children, arrange for them to follow their normal activities or stay with a friend or relative so your attention can be devoted to the recovering child.
  • Bring a special blanket, toy, or book for your child.
  • Bring child’s bottle or sippy cup if needed. You may also bring extra diapers or clothing.
  • Be prepared to stay in the surgical center throughout your child’s stay.
  • We recommend having two adults for the ride home, as your child may need extra attention following their surgical procedure.