It is important for all patients to share the responsibility for their own care before and after surgery. Please remember:
- Don’t eat or drink anything (including water, gum and mints) after midnight the night before your surgery.
- Plan to arrive at SurgiCare an hour before your surgery time. If you are unable to keep your appointment, or if you are going to be late, please notify us as soon as possible.
- Always wear comfortable clothes that are easy to take on and off. We will give you a gown, robe and slippers to wear.
- Don’t wear make-up, nail polish, hair pins or jewelry.
- Please remove contact lenses and glasses before going into surgery. They will be safe and returned to you (bring contact case with you).
- Dentures or partials that need to be removed will be done in the privacy of the operating room.
- It is mandatory that a responsible adult accompanies you to SurgiCare and drives you home after discharge. A responsible adult will need to be with you for 24 hours after surgery.
- We request that two adults accompany child patients. It is not safe to operate a car and be responsible for a child who has just had surgery.
- Escorts need to be prepared to stay for the duration of the surgical stay. It is important for escorts to report to the registration desk if they need to leave. Physicians and anesthesiologists may want to talk to them.
- After undergoing general anesthesia, it is important to rest for 24 hours with only moderate physical activity.
- Don’t drive, operate machinery or power tools for 24 hours after surgery.
- Children shouldn’t play on things that require balance, such as bicycles.
- Don’t drink alcohol for 24 hours after surgery.
- Since you have been fasting before surgery, return slowly to your regular diet. Start with liquids, and work your way up to solid foods.
- Certain anesthetics and pain medications can cause nausea. If this happens, call your doctor. In the meantime, lying on your side helps relieve nausea.
- You shouldn’t sign important papers for the first 24 hours after you’re released.
Please note: If you develop a fever, rash, cold or other illness within a week before your surgery, it may be necessary to postpone your appointment.