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General Instructions for Ambulatory Surgery Center Patients

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24 to 72 Hours Before Your Procedure

  • When it is close to the day of your procedure, a nurse from the Surgery Center will contact you regarding your arrival time and specific instructions about your procedure.
  • The nurse will ask you questions about your health, review pre-operative instructions, and help answer any questions you may have about your procedure.
  • The nurse will instruct you about routine medications to take prior to your procedure during your pre-op assessment.
  • If you are taking aspirin, aspirin-like products, Coumadin, Plavix or other blood-thinning medication, consult your prescribing doctor immediately for directions regarding these and other medications.
  • Do not take any herbal or dietary supplements 7 days prior to surgery, and please be sure to discuss the appropriateness of these supplements with your doctor.
  • Kelsey-Seybold Clinic staff cannot provide transportation. To help ensure your safety, we must insist that you have a responsible adult drive you home and remain with you for 24 hours after your procedure. This helps ensure that Kelsey-Seybold is in compliance with state and federal health and safety regulations.
  • If you need to cancel, call your doctor’s office and the Ambulatory Surgery Center as soon as possible.
  • If you are a smoker, refrain from smoking 12 hours prior to your procedure as it can cause an adverse reaction to anesthesia and medication.
  • Do not wear contact lenses. Either leave them at home, or bring a case for their safekeeping.
  • Remove all body piercing on the morning of the procedure. The metal may interfere with some of the electronic equipment.
  • Do wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes.
  • Leave jewelry, valuables, cash and credit cards at home, except what is needed to take care of financial obligations you may have.
  • Wear minimal or no make-up.
  • Do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to arriving at the Ambulatory Surgery Center.  This includes water and chewing gum.
  • Do not consume alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery as it can cause an adverse reaction to anesthesia and medications.

For All Patients on the Day of Your Procedure

  • Any health changes should be reported immediately to your physician, even if the changes seem minor, such as a fever, cough, rash or cold.
  • Bathe or shower on the morning of your procedure to minimize the risk of infection.
  • Brush your teeth on the morning of the procedure, but please do not swallow any water.
  • Be sure to arrive at the assigned time, so the procedure may begin as scheduled.  Upon arrival, you will be asked to complete registration paperwork and finalize financial arrangements.  You will need to bring your insurance card and form of payment (credit card or checkbook).
  • Please limit the personal and valuable items that you bring.
  • For patients younger than 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign the consent. We can only accept the consent of a parent or legal guardians, not grandparents, other relatives or friends.

For All Patients after Your Procedure

  • You will be taken to the recovery area where our staff will care for you until you are awake and comfortable.
  • A recovery room nurse will let family members or a friend join you when it is appropriate.
  • As soon as your condition is stable and you have a responsible adult to drive you home, you will be discharged.
  • You will be provided with instructions for follow-up care at home, along with contact phone numbers to call if you have any questions or concerns after discharge.
  • Due to effects of sedation, you may not drive, use power equipment, eat a heavy meal, sign important papers, make any important decisions or stay by yourself until the day after your procedure.
  • Any concerns following your procedure should be reported to your physician’s office.

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