- A nurse will contact you before your procedure regarding your arrival time and any specific instructions about your procedure.
- The nurse will review pre-operative instructions and answer any questions you may have. They will also perform a brief health history.
- DO NOT drink alcohol or smoke 24 hours prior to your surgery – both can cause an adverse reaction to anesthesia and medications.
- DO NOT EAT or drink for 8 hours prior to your procedure – this includes chewing gum, water, and mints.
- If you take any blood-thinning medications, ask your doctor for instructions about your medications.
Day of Procedure
- Brush your teeth, but don’t swallow any water.
- Bathe or shower to minimize the risk of infection.
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
- Remove all body piercings and do not wear any makeup.
- Bring a storage container for your glasses, contacts, and/or dentures.
- Leave valuables – jewelry, cash, credit cards at home, except for what is needed to take of any patient financial obligations for your procedure.
- Please arrive at the check in time assigned to you.
- If you’re feeling ill (fever, cold, rash, cough) or have any health changes, please report these symptoms immediately.
- Registration will be completed, and you will finalize payment options – please bring your insurance card, ID, and form of payment.
- You will be escorted to the pre-operative area by a nurse and you will be prepped for your procedure.
Important COVID-19 Instructions
- Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the following precautions have been initiated for both patients and staff:
- Your temperature will be assessed before entry
- You will be asked to utilize the hand sanitizer provided
- You will be required to wear a facemask during your visit
- You will be asked to maintain social distancing
- You will be taken to a recovery area and cared for until you are awake and comfortable.
- As soon as your doctor says it is safe for you to be discharged and you have a responsible adult to drive you home, you will be allowed to leave the surgery center.
- Discharge instructions regarding follow up care will be given.
- Because of the sedation medications given, you may not drive, use power machinery, sign important papers or make important decisions until the day AFTER your procedure.
- Any concerns or questions following your procedure should be directed to your physician’s office.