Patient Education
Preparing For Your Procedure

The pre-surgery preparation process begins at your surgeon’s office. Your surgeon will arrange for any labs or EKG, if needed.

You are welcome to visit the facility in advance of your procedure. It is our goal to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Make Arrangements

  • Arrange for an escort home. You are going home the same day of your surgery or procedure and you must have a reliable adult 18 years of age or older to take you home.
  • If you are a pain management patient, and not a surgery patient, your ride must be here at the start of your procedure and wait at the surgery center. If you do not have a ride, your procedure may be delayed or canceled and rescheduled.
  • Alternate driver services (not taxis or buses) are available if you call the surgery center a minimum of 24 hours before your procedure. The patient is responsible for this cost.
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours.
  • Prepare your home for your return after surgery. Have shopping and laundry done.
  • Prepare some meals ahead of time.
  • Plan for car rides, as you may not be able to drive for a while.
  • If you have small children, dependent adults or animals you care for, arrange to have someone help you watch them during the first few days after surgery.

A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign Consent Forms if the patient is a minor. If someone other than the parent or legal guardian will be with a child, written permission from the legal parent, accompanied by a copy of their photo ID, along with their telephone number must be presented on the day of surgery.

A copy of a Power of Attorney may be required if someone is signing for the patient.

On the Business Day Before Your Surgery

Your doctor’s office will call you the day or evening before your surgery to give an arrival time at the surgery center. If you do not have a confirmed time for your surgery, contact your surgeon’s office.

A nurse from the surgery center may contact you for a pre-admission interview. If you do not hear from the nurse, the interview will then take place the day of surgery. Please follow all instructions listed here.

The Evening Before Your Procedure

  • It is very important you are rested, so allow for enough sleep.
  • Write down the name and contact number of the person escorting you home from the surgery center. You will be asked for this information when you arrive.
  • Write a list of all your medications, dosages, how often taken and when last taken. This list will include prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbal preparations and vitamins. You will be asked to provide this detailed information when you arrive.
  • Gather your insurance cards, any insurance forms, your share of your payment and at least one form of photo identification.
  • Have special items requested by your doctor, ready to take (brace, crutches, etc.).
  • If you have an Advance Directive, please have it ready to bring to the surgery center.
  • Do not eat or drink after midnight, or as instructed by your doctor. This includes food, all liquids, hard candy, gum or mints. Please follow your instructions about eating and drinking. Otherwise, your surgery may be cancelled.
  • If you are a pain management patient, please follow your doctor’s instructions regarding your nutritional restrictions.
  • You should not smoke the day of surgery. Ideally, refrain from smoking as long as you can prior to the date of your procedure.