We have created the following list to better prepare you for your surgery.
Once you and your doctor have decided you need surgery, our surgery scheduler will begin the process of receiving approval from your insurance company. The scheduler will then send the surgery request to a pre-operative Registered Nurse who will work with the anesthesiologist to get you medically cleared for surgery. If further information is needed from your family doctor, the clearance process can take longer.
Once the anesthesiologist has cleared you and your insurance is approved, you will be contacted by the scheduler to set a surgery date.
You will have a “pre-op” visit with your surgeon 3 to 7 days prior to your surgery. At this time your doctor will review your health history, complete a physical exam, explain the planned procedure, answer your questions and order any additional tests if needed. You will also sign a surgical consent form and receive the patient bill of rights, information about Advance Directives, and a physician ownership declaration.
A nurse from the surgery center will call you within a week before surgery to go over instructions for your day of surgery. This is also an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns.
Preparing at Home
To prepare for your surgery, follow these guidelines:
- If you smoke, quit.
- Make arrangements for an adult who is 18 years or older to drive you home and be with you the first 24 – 36 hours after surgery.
- The night before surgery NO eating, NO drinking, and NO smoking after midnight. This includes chewing gum and mints. You can brush your teeth but do not swallow water. If you are instructed by the Registered Nurse to take medications the morning of surgery, please do so with the least amount of water necessary to get the pill(s) down.
If for some reason you are unable to keep your surgery appointment, call the surgery center at 425-317-8535 as soon as possible. If you do not feel well or have a cold, fever, sore throat, diarrhea, or any other health problem, contact the surgery center and your doctor can help decide if you should proceed with surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 425-339-2433.
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