Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
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
How many visitors
can I bring?
Due to space limitations, we ask that you please
try to limit visitors to two per patient.
When can I see
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.