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PREPARING FOR YOUR PROCEDURE

  • Prior to your scheduled procedure, a member of our staff will call to discuss your care at our Center. Medical information, instructions specific to your procedure and financial arrangements may be discussed at that time.

  • You are always welcome to arrange a personal tour of the Center to get acquainted with our staff and facilities.

  • For your safety and protection, you will not be allowed to drive following your procedure. Please arrange for someone to bring you and to escort you home from the Center. We ask that it be a parent who brings a child scheduled for surgery.

  • If you live alone, we suggest that you arrange for someone to stay with you the first night after your procedure.

  • If you notice any health changes, please call your doctor before the day of your procedure. Report even minor changes such as a cough or cold.

  • Standard outpatient procedures are generally covered by your medical insurance. Full payment for any applicable deductible or co-pay is required at admission.

  • For your convenience, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, Care Credit and personal checks and cash are accepted.

  • Procedures not covered by insurance require 100% payment at the time of admission.

  • Your physician and anesthesiologist fees, as well as any pathology or laboratory studies, are processed separately by the individual service providers.

DAY OF BEFORE SURGERY

  • Please DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT the night before your surgery/procedure. This includes water, coffee, tea, juice, gum, mints, hard candy, chewing tobacco or food. It is hazardous to undergo anesthesia or surgery with anything in your stomach.

  • Eat a light dinner the evening before your procedure.

  • Refrain from smoking after 6:00 p.m. the day before your procedure.

  • If you are taking HEART, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OR BREATHING MEDICATIONS, please TAKE the medication as scheduled with a small sip of water.

  • Do not take ORAL DIABETIC MEDICATION PRIOR TO SURGERY. If you take insulin, take ½ your usual dosage (REG/NPH) and bring the bottle of insulin and syringe with you.

  • If you require INHALERS for asthma or emphysema, please BRING these with you.

  • DO NOT take any medications containing aspirin or other blood thinners (unless instructed otherwise by physician) for a week before surgery. Resume only when physician instructs you to take them.

  • If you are taking any OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS, HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS OR VITAMINS please check with your physician to see if or when you will be required to stop taking them before surgery.

  • For security reasons, please leave all your valuables at home, including your purse, wallet, cell phone, beeper, computer, jewelry, watches, earrings, body piercing and ect. THE SURGICAL CENTER CANNOT ASSUME LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSSES.

  • Shower and wash your hair the night before surgery.

  • Wear loose, front opening, casual clothing that can be easily removed and put back on after surgery. DO NOT WEAR JEANS.

  • Please do not wear CONTACT LENSES or makeup. If you are having hand or foot surgery, please remove all nail/toe polish. Please let us know if you wear dentures, a partial plate or any other removable prosthesis. You may be asked to remove them before surgery

  • If you require glasses, please bring them with you. Also, do not forget the case.

  • Please limit family members and/or friends accompanying you to the surgery center, due to limited available seating.

  • A responsible adult (over 18) must accompany you to the surgical center and be available to both drive you home and assist you through the night

  • PLEASE BRING YOUR INSURANCE INFORMATION AND YOUR INSURANCE CARD, AS WELL AS A PICTURE ID, WITH YOU ON THE DAY OF YOUR SURGERY/PROCEDURE. You will be responsible for any co-pays at the time of service.

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

  • Following your procedure, you will be moved to our fully equipped recovery area. There, our anesthesia and nursing staff will closely monitor you. the length of stay varies, and most patients are discharged within one-to-three hours.

  • Your physician will provide post-procedure instructions regarding diet, rest and medication. The center will provide you with a written summary of these instructions.

  • Plan to have someone stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure, and pamper yourself during this time.

  • Since it is normal to feel drowsy after receiving anesthetic medication, we also recommend that you postpone the following activities for 24 hours after discharge:
    • Driving and operating equipment
    • Signing important papers
    • Making significant decisions
    • Drinking alcoholic beverages

If you still have questions after you have read this information, please do not hesitate to call us at (954) 703-3000

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