Frequently Asked Questions
What information will I need to bring with me on the day of surgery?
Please bring a picture ID, insurance cards, a list of current food or drug allergies and a list of medications you are currently taking.
Should I take my medications on the day of surgery?
You may take medication for asthma and seizure disorders. Consult your surgeon about taking any blood thinning prescriptions or over the counter medicines prior to your surgery. Do not take any diabetic medications.
Can I eat the morning of my surgery?
You should not eat or drink after midnight the evening prior to your surgery.
What kind of anesthesia will I have?
Depending on the procedure several anesthesia choices may be available to you. Talk with your surgeon to explore your options, which could include local, spinal and general anesthesia.
Will I see my surgeon prior to the surgery?
Usually, you will see your surgeon immediately prior to the procedure. There are some surgeons who will only consult with patients prior to the surgery if requested directly by the patient or a family member.
How long will I be at the surgery center?
You will need to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled procedure. You will be permitted to leave one to two hours after the procedure is complete, or sooner if given a local anesthesia.
Will I see my surgeon after the procedure?
Generally, no, however, your surgeon will speak with your family after the procedure. Should you desire your family to speak with the surgeon, they should remain in the waiting area throughout your surgery. Your family should be prepared to relay any information to you concerning your procedure.
How many visitors can I bring?
ONE (1) visitor per patient.
When can I see my family?
You will be able to see your family after you leave the recovery room. From the recovery room you will progress to the step down area where you will relax in a recliner chair with a semi-private bay. One to two visitors will be allowed to visit with you at this time.
Can I go into the operating room with my child?
No, the operating room is a sterile environment. The doctors and nurses have been trained in sterile technique and allowing family members to be present would jeopardize the environment.