On the day of surgery please arrive at the Surgery Center at the appointed time before your surgery. It is possible that your procedure time may be moved due to unforeseen cancellations or emergencies. If it is necessary to move your procedure, we will notify you as soon as possible. If you are delayed for any reason on the day of surgery, call the Surgical Center.

 

Come Prepared

Please make a point to bring the following items with you to the Surgery Center

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List of Medications

Including herbal products, vitamins, food supplements and over the counter medicines.

Include the following:

  • Medicine name
  • Strength
  • How often you take it

If you do not have a complete list, bring the medications with you.

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Insurance Card & Money for Copays

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Paperwork
(given to you by doctor & office staff)

 
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Advanced Directives
(i.e. Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney)

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Comfortable Clothes

  • Robe
  • Loose fitting, elastic waist pants.
  • Shirt
  • Underwear (Only cotton will be allowed)
  • Socks
  • Slip-on Shoes
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Pacemaker Card
(if you have one)

After all of your paperwork is complete you will be escorted back to our pre-operative area to begin getting ready for your procedure. Your family will be able to wait comfortably in one of our 2 waiting areas.

 

Post-procedure

After your procedure at the Preston Surgery Center, you will be moved to our fully-equipped postoperative recovery room where the anesthesiologist and our recovery room nurses will observe you closely until you are ready to go home. Your doctor will want to talk with a family member/friend after your surgery so it is important for this person to remain in the building.

Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions about diet, rest, exercise, and medications. The center will provide you with a written summary of these instructions before you are discharged. We suggest that you pamper yourself for the first 24 hours following your procedure.

If you had anesthesia and/or pain medications, arrange for an adult to remain with you at home for at least 24 hours. It is normal to feel drowsy after receiving an anesthetic. 

Postpone the following activities for 24 hours after discharge

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Driving & Operating Equipment

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Signing Important Papers

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Drinking Alcoholic Beverages

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Making Significant Decisions

If you have any unexpected problems, please call your doctor. A nurse from the Center will attempt to call you the next day to check your progress and discuss any questions you may have.

 

Discharge

You will be discharged from the Surgery Center following your procedure once our recovery room nurse and your doctor have determined that it is safe to do so, into the care of a responsible adult. This will mean that your vital signs, such as your blood pressure, your heart rate and breathing have returned to within normal limits, and that you are comfortable. Your doctor may give you pain medication and antibiotics to take at home if necessary.