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Before My Surgery

To expedite your check-in process, we try to gather your registration information prior to your procedure date.  Our Pre-Registration Department will be contacting you prior to your date of service to discuss insurance and financial responsibility.

A nurse will call you the day before your surgery to review special instructions and answer any questions you have. She will let you know what time you need to arrive at our facility for your surgery.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.

Food and Drink
Do not eat or drink any food or dairy products after midnight the night before your surgery.  No gum or candy. You may brush your teeth but do not drink water.

Alcohol
Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

Smoking
No smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.

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Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery. Remove all nail polish or acrylic nails if having hand surgery. Please do not wear any perfume, cologne, powder, or body lotion.

Clothing
Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings or brace. For Eye patients, a short sleeve button down shirt is preferred.

Valuables
Please leave valuables at home.

Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have obstructive sleep apnea or wear CPAP/ByPAP.
  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal medicines.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery.  You can discuss this with your surgeon. 
  • You are allergic to latex.

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What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses. Please bring your home medication list.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children under 19 years and dependent adults. Power of attorney document must be provided prior to the day of surgery.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery. 
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, and interpreter is required.  If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact your surgeon’s scheduling office as soon as possible.

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