About Your Surgery
CONFIRMATION PHONE CALL
A member of our staff will attempt to call you prior to your surgery date to clarify any questions about your health history and confirm the date and time of your arrival.
pREPARING FOR YOUR SURGERY
Please be sure to talk to your physician or their nurse about any daily medication you currently are taking, especially for heart, diabetes or blood pressure problems; be sure to mention any over the counter drugs, including Aspirin or herbal preparations.
THE NIGHT BEFORE SURGERY
For your safety, please do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight (even water) the night before surgery. This includes hard candy, gum, or prescription medications (unless instructed otherwise). You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth in the morning without swallowing any liquid. Special instructions may apply to infants or pediatric patients.
It is recommended that you refrain from using tobacco products the day of surgery.
You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Because anesthesia often has lingering effects on the body, we ask that you arrange for someone to drive you home.
Contact the Center for Special Surgery or your surgeon’s office immediately if you experience any change in your health such as temperature, cold or flu.
THE MORNING OF SURGERY
- Please bring your insurance card and photo ID.
- Leave jewelry, purses, and valuables at home. This includes earrings and other piercings.
- Shower or bathe to minimize the chance of infection.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing.
- Remove nail polish, makeup and contact lenses prior to your arrival. Please do not wear perfume.
- If it is your child who will be undergoing surgery, please bring along a comforting toy or blanket.
wHEN YOU ARRIVE
Please arrive at the front door of the Center for Special Surgery, “Surgery Entrance”. Upon arrival, please check in at the reception desk
- Specific home care instructions will be provided.
- Do not drive, operate any machinery, drink alcohol or make important decisions for 24 hours following surgery.
- We suggest that someone stay with you following surgery.
- Please plan to have your prescriptions filled at your pharmacy.
- The staff will be able to call your prescriptions to your pharmacy with the exception of some pain relief medication.
A nurse will call you after your surgery to assure you are feeling well. Please feel free to ask any questions during this call.
- Caregivers may leave during surgery; however we do encourage caregivers to remain on-site during surgery because the surgeon, anesthesiologist, or nurse may need to consult with you. Parent(s) of minor children having surgery must remain at the surgery center.
- Public wireless internet will be available for use in the lobby.
- Coffee and water are available in the lobby. Please make arrangements for your dietary needs. Food is allowed in the lobby.