Before Surgery | Day of Surgery | After Surgery

Before Surgery

Day of Surgery Instructions

What kind of procedure will you be having? Find and follow your instructions below.

Surgery Patients

  • Meals
    • Infants may have breast milk only, up to four (4) hours prior to arrival and infant formula up to six (6) hours prior to arrival.
    • Others may have a light meal (toast and clear liquids) up to six (6) hours prior to arrival, and only clear liquids up to two (2) hours prior to arrival. Clear liquids include tea, black coffee, soda, water, or apple juice.
  • Medication Take all medicines as usual on the day of surgery except fluid pills and diabetes pills. Patients on insulin should take one-half (½) of their normal dose.
  • Clothing Wear loose pants and comfortable clothing. A button-front shirt is preferred.
  • ID, forms, and payment Bring photo ID, insurance cards, completed forms, and payment with you. If you have an Advance Directive, please bring a copy.
  • Don't bring valuables, jewelry, or personal belongings. Don't wear makeup, false eyelashes, contact lenses, or perfume.
  • Children If your child is having surgery, one parent must remain in the center at all times. Your child may bring a small toy or stuffed animal to carry.
  • Visitors Patient visitors in the recovery area may be limited due to space constraints.
  • Discharge You'll be discharged when you recover from the effects of your procedure and any medications you received. It's normal to feel weak and drowsy if any sedation was used. You'll receive written instructions at the time of discharge.
  • Transportation home After your procedure, you must be accompanied and driven home by an adult. No patient will be permitted to leave the center alone.
  • Companion Please plan to have someone with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure.

Interventional Spine or Pain Management Patients

  • Medication It's important to notify your cardiologist or pain physician for medical clearance if you're taking any blood thinners (Plavix, Coumadin, Aspirin, BC, or Goody Powder).
  • Clothing Wear loose pants and comfortable clothing. A button-front shirt is preferred.
  • ID, forms, and payment Bring photo ID, insurance cards, completed forms, and payment with you.
  • Don't bring valuables, jewelry, or personal belongings. Don't wear makeup, false eyelashes, contact lenses, or perfume.
  • Discharge You'll be discharged when you recover from the effects of your procedure and any medications you received. It's normal to feel weak and drowsy if any sedation was used. You'll receive written instructions at the time of discharge.
  • Transportation home After your procedure, you must be accompanied and driven home by an adult. No patient will be permitted to leave the center alone.
  • Companion Please plan to have someone with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure.

Laser Patients

  • Meals You may eat as usual.
  • Medication Take all medications as usual.
  • ID, forms, and payment Bring photo ID, insurance cards, completed forms, and payment with you.
  • Discharge You'll be discharged after your procedure and may drive yourself home. Sunglasses are recommended.

Endoscopic Patients

  • Arrive 1 hour before your procedure.
  • Medication Your physician will provide instructions. Colonoscopy requires that you take a bowel prep, which ensures that your colon is clean and clear of stool for a better examination. It's very important that you follow the instructions provided by your physician.
  • Transportation home Arrange in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home after your procedure. It's best if your driver remains in the waiting area during the procedure. If you plan to take a taxi, arrange for another adult to accompany you.
  • Don't drive or operate machinery for 24 hours following your procedure. Don't sign any important papers or make any significant decisions until the following day. Don't drink alcohol for 24 hours following your procedure.
  • Discharge Before you leave you'll be given specific written discharge instructions. A nurse will explain and demonstrate any special instructions to aid in your recovery.