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Preparing For Surgery

Pre-Operative Testing

Discuss recommendations for Pre-Operative surgical testing with your surgeon. You may be required to have a Pre-surgical physical, blood work, EKG, or chest X-ray. The testing should be completed before the surgical procedure. The results should be faxed to the ordering physician and to our facility. Our fax number is (540) 772-4543.

Online Clinical History

Once you have completed your On-line Clinical History, one of our Pre-Operative Nurses will contact you for your Pre-Operative Interview.

Pre-Operative Interview

The Pre-Operative Department will contact you 1-4 business days before surgery. If you do not receive a call at least 2 days before your procedure, please (540) 772-3604 to reach a Pre-Operative Nurse.

A Pre-Operative Nurse will give you your time to arrive. Your surgery time may have changed since you doctor’s office visit.

Food and Liquid Restriction

With certain procedures, there are food restrictions. Unless otherwise instructed by your physician, or a Pre-Operative Nurse, DO NOT EAT OR DRINK after midnight the night before your surgery. Parent(s) and/or Legal Guardian(s) of children who are breast-fed or are formula fed need to speak to a Pre-Operative Nurse for restrictions.

(Undigested food in the stomach can cause complications during a medical procedure. Your surgery is most likely to be postponed if you forget to follow the above instructions).

Hygiene

Take a shower the night before, or the morning of the surgery procedure to minimize your risk of infection. Teeth may be brushed; however, do not consume liquid after brushing. Do not wear contact lenses. Remove all make-up. If your procedure involves surgery on the hand or arm, remove nail polish. Do not wear lotions, hairspray, or perfumes. Remove all body piercing if applicable.

Personal Belonging

Wear no jewelry and leave all valuables at home. The Surgery Center is not responsible for personal items, wallets, jewelry, etc. that are lost.

Clothing

Wear comfortable clothing that will accommodate large dressings, or tender surgery sites. Shoes should be flat and comfortable. Consider your type of surgery and wear the appropriate clothing. If you are having EYE, NECK, or HEAD surgery - we recommend wearing a button-down shirt.

During surgery, you will be provided with a patient gown and slipper socks. The staff will provide you with a bag to keep your clothing in during the procedure.

Support Arrangements

From Admission to Discharge, arrange for an adult family member or friend to stay with you at the Surgery Center during the entire procedure. Be sure to have a responsible person drive you and accompany you home, as you will not be permitted to drive yourself home after anesthesia.

We require that you have a responsible party stay with you for the first night following your procedure. Adult patients with children should consider making child care arrangements for children. For 24 hours following surgery you could feel drowsy.

Parent(s) and/or Legal Guardian(s) need to accompany children to surgery, and must remain in the surgery center at all times during the child's procedure. We encourage you to allow the pediatric surgical patient to bring his/her favorite book, stuffed animal, or security blanket.

Family and Friends

Limit the number of people who accompany you to the Surgery Center. To maximize the comfort of all visitors, we suggest that only 1 person accompany adult patients. For pediatric patients, both parents, and/or legal guardians may accompany the patient. It is recommended to have 2 adults accompany a pediatric patient so one may ride in the back seat with the child after discharge.

Language Translation Services

We have a roster of interpreters that is able to provide emergency translation services if you are unable to arrange for an interpreter to accompany you to the Surgery Center. The interpreter should remain at the facility until you are discharged. Anyone requiring translation services should indicate that need to our Pre-Operative Nurse, and every effort will be made to accommodate this request.

Health Status Changes

If you experience health changes between your most recent visit to your surgeon, or on the day of your surgery - notify your surgeon's office immediately. FEMALES: If you suspect PREGNANCY, please notify the surgeon. Anesthesia and medications can be harmful to a developing fetus. All females of child bearing age that have not had a Hysterectomy will have a urine pregnancy test performed prior to procedure.