Frequently Asked Questions
Many patients have questions about their surgery and our facilities. In this section, we offer responses to the most frequently asked questions.
How long will my surgery take?
This will vary by procedure and patient. For most procedures, you can expect to be at the surgery center for 3 to 4 hours from admission to discharge. Check with your physician about the specifics of your surgery.
Will I be able to see my physician before my surgery?
Yes, your surgeon will visit with you before your surgery.
Will my family in the waiting room know what’s happening to me?
Our tracking system lets family and friends keep informed about your progress. If the surgery takes longer than anticipated, a nurse will keep them updated. After your surgery, your surgeon will visit with them about your outcome. When you are ready for discharge, they can join you in recovery. Together, you will receive the nurse’s verbal and written discharge instructions.
Will I be able to speak to the anesthesiologist before my surgery?
The anesthesiologist will go over your anesthesia plan on the day of your surgery. Together, you will talk about any health issues or prior anesthesia experiences that could impact the procedure. Our anesthesiologist will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Our goal is helping your feel safe, comfortable and pain-free before, during and after surgery.
Why can’t I eat or drink after midnight, the night before my surgery?
You must have an empty stomach. Liquids or food in your stomach can cause serious—even fatal—respiratory complications when you receive anesthesia. If you have mistakenly consumed any substances after midnight—other than what your physician has instructed—be sure to tell the nurse who admits you to the center and the anesthesiologist before your surgery.
What medications or vitamins should I take the morning of my surgery?
Your physician or our center nurse will discuss the specifics of your medications with you, and give you instructions about what to take and what not to take. Be sure to take the least amount of water possible with any medications you are instructed to take.
Why should I remove jewelry?
Jewelry can cause skin irritations when exposed to the electrical equipment in the operating room.
What discharge instructions will I receive?
Discharge instructions are specific to each patient and each case. They will be shared with you in the final stage of recovery.
Why can’t I drive myself home after discharge?
The anesthesia and pain medication you receive will impair your driving ability for about 24 hours. We insist that you have someone accompany you to the center, receive post-operative instructions with you, and drive you home after discharge or accompany you on public transport.
Will I be able to recover by myself at home?
We ask that you have a responsible adult supervise you for the first 24 hours after discharge. This person must be able to help with your discharge instructions. We will call you the next day to follow up. If you experience any complications or adverse side effects, contact your doctor or call 911.