Your physician's office will arrange your surgery at our Surgery Center. Our Admissions Clerk will call you prior to your surgery to obtain information necessary to complete your medical records. This will be your opportunity to finalize the financial arrangements for the Center's portion of your care. A Pre-op nurse will also call you a day or two before your procedure to review pre-operative instructions and answer any questions you may have.
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How to Prepare for Surgery
At any time before your procedure, notify your doctor immediately if:
- There is a possibility that you are pregnant.
- You experience any health changes, even if the changes seem minor, such as fever, cough, rash or a cold.
Several Days Before the Procedure
ASK QUESTIONS! Write down any questions you have about your procedure and discuss them with your doctor. There are no bad questions.
Make sure your doctor is aware of all medications you are taking, including prescription drugs, aspirin and other over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies and vitamins. Ask your doctor if you should stop taking any or all of these for a period of time before your surgery. Arrange in advance to have a family member or friend accompany you to the Center, remain here during your stay and drive you home after your procedure. IT IS UNSAFE FOR YOU TO DRIVE AFTER SURGERY. Your procedure may be cancelled if you do not have a responsible adult to drive you home. For your safety, please make arrangements for someone to be with you for the first 24 hours after surgery due the effects of medication and your limited vision.
If you work, arrange for enough time off to recover fully from your surgery. Ask your doctor when you will be able to resume driving, work and other normal daily activities. A period of recovery at home is common.
The Day Before the Procedure
Ask your doctor for specific instructions, as additional guidelines may apply to your case.
The Day of the Procedure
DO bathe or shower and wash your face on the morning of your surgery to minimize the risk of infection.
DO wear clean, loose, comfortable clothing, preferably something with short sleeves that buttons down the front and low-heeled shoes.
DO review any specific instructions provided by your doctor to ensure that you have complied with them.
DO NOT consume alcohol prior to surgery. Ask your doctor when you need to discontinue consumption.
DO NOT smoke prior to surgery. Ask your doctor when you need to discontinue smoking.
DO NOT wear jewelry (including earring, body piercings, etc.) or bring valuables to the surgery center.
DO NOT wear contact lenses into surgery.
DO NOT wear perfume, cologne or aftershave
DO NOT wear make-up or use lotion products on your face.
DO follow the these instructions regarding eating and drinking before surgery - SIX HOURS BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL TIME YOU MAY HAVE DRY TOAST (PLAIN SLICED BREAD), AND BLACK COFFEE. YOU MAY HAVE WATER UP TO TWO HOURS BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL TIME. IF YOU ARE AN INSULIN DEPENDENT DIABETIC, PLEASE DISCUSS DIET INSTRUCTIONS WITH A PRE-OP NURSE BEFORE THE DAY OF SURGERY. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS OR YOUR SURGERY MAY BE DELAYED OR CANCELLED.
DO take your regular medications on schedule unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. This includes aspirin and blood thinners.
What happens after surgery?
After your procedure, you will be moved to a recovery area where your vital signs will be monitored. You will be offered something to drink and receive any medication ordered by your surgeon. Your discharge instructions will be reviewed again with you and also the person accompanying you home.
What happens when I return home?
Once home, you may experience one or more common side effects of surgery and anesthesia. These include drowsiness, muscle aches, headaches or dizziness. Ask your doctor about specific side effects you may experience and how long you should expect them to continue. Call your doctor immediately if any of these side effects persist for longer than anticipated or is unusually severe.
A nurse from the surgery center will call you within a day or two after your surgery to check on your recovery. If you any concerns before this, please contact your surgeon's office.
After the procedure, call your doctor immediately if
- You have questions about what you can and cannot do, when you can return to work, how active you can be, or any other issues related to the recovery process.
- You experience any health changes or have any concerns about your recovery.
- You experience sudden vision decrease or loss
When can I resume normal activities?
Wait at least 24 hours before you:
- Drive or use power equipment
- Consume alcoholic beverages
- Sign important papers or make important decisions
- Stay by yourself
Ask your doctor when you can resume other activities, such as returning to work, driving, housework, etc.
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