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Surgery Center

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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