Preparing for your surgery
Sometime before your surgery date, a staff member from the Surgery Center will call you to confirm your surgery time. They will also ask you questions regarding current and past medical conditions, allergies and medications you are taking. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have, and be sure to let the staff know of any special needs.
- Your doctor or the Center's nurse will instruct you as to what time you are to stop eating and drinking prior to your surgery.
- If you take medication for any condition, ask your doctor and/or the Center's nurse whether or not to take it the day of surgery.
- For women, if there is any possibility you are pregnant, please notify your doctor and the Center's nurse.
- Leave all valuables at home, including watches, rings, jewelry and wallets.
- Notify your surgeon of any change in your health, such as a cold, fever or sore throat.
- For your safety, please arrange for an adult to drive you home after surgery. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home.
Day of surgery (including what to bring)
- Arrive promptly at the scheduled time. This will allow adequate time for all necessary admission procedures.
- Please bring your insurance identification cards. If special financial arrangements are necessary, please call the Surgery Center prior to admission.
- Be sure to bring any paperwork your doctor gave you, such as test results or your medical hisotry, and a list of medications you are taking.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
- Upon arrival, you will change into a gown and slippers, which we provide. You will be asked to remove contact lenses, dentures and any prosthesis.
In the Recovery Area
After surgery, you will be moved to the Recovery Area where you will be closely monitored until you are ready to go home. An appropriate nurse to patient ratio guarantees our patients receive the optimum nursing care they deserve.
It is perfectly normal to feel discomfort in the area of your surgery. You may also experience some drowsiness or sizziness, depending on the kind of anesthesia you received.
When you are fully awake, your family will be able to join you. Although the times may vary, most patients are discharged one to three hours after surgery.
Our Center believes family involvement leads to a more successful recovery process. Educational infomation is provided to help care-givers learn more about how they can be a part of the recovery process and bridge the gap between hospitalization and home care.
At home after surgery
Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for care while recovering at home. In the event of any difficulty, please call your surgeon.
For the first 24 hours following surgery, do not:
- engage in strenuous activities
- drink any alcoholic beverages
- make any critical decisions
A nurse from the Surgery Center will call you within a day or two to evaluate how you are recovering at home.
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the care you received. Your comments will enable us to continue to improve our services.
The Surgery Center fee covers the use of the facility only. It does not include fees for the following:
You will be billed separately for these above-listed services.
As a courtesy, we will bill your primary and secondary insurance carriers or government agency directly for the Surgery Center's charges. Be sure to bring your most current insurance, Medicare, or public assistance card with you on the day of your surgery. If you have more than one insurance carrier, we will also need accurate secondary billing information.
Please be aware of any admission policies your insurance plan may have. You or your physician may have to adhere to certain requirements in order to insure maximum reimbursement. Failure to obtain pre-authorization, physician referral or a second opinion may greatly reduce or eliminate your benefits.
Patients who do not have insurance coverage or those having cosmetic surgery are required to pay their charges in advance. We realize, however, that at times you may require special financial arrangements. In these instances, please phone our office prior to your surgery to discuss alternative methods of payment.
The Surgery Center accepts:
- cashier's checks
- credit cards
- personal checks with a valid ID
Please feel free to contact our business office at any time if you have questions or concerns regarding the facility charges, the financial policy or billing procedures.