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Please follow these steps carefully prior to your surgery to help ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible
Day of Surgery
On the day of surgery you should arrive at your scheduled appointment time. You will be admitted to the center and we will begin preparing you for your procedure. You will be asked to sign a consent form for your procedure, which acknowledges your permission for the physician and facility to care for you. If the patient is a minor, this form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Both parents may stay with their child in the pre-operative area before surgery and in step-down recovery following surgery. Feel free to bring a favorite stuffed animal or blanket. A parent or legal guardian must remain in the facility while their child is under our care. Please bring a bottle or sippy cup if your child does not drink from a cup. It is fine for your child to have something to drink after the procedure.
Contact your surgeon or physician prior to your surgery date if:
You experience any changes in your health between your most recent visit to your physician and the day of your procedure, even minor ones like a temperature, cough or a cold.
You suspect that you are pregnant. Anesthesia and medication may be harmful to the developing fetus.
You have a latex allergy, diabetes, heart conditions, kidney or liver failure.
You take medications on a regular basis. Your physician/surgeon may have guidance about which medications you should or should not take on the day of your procedure.
Note: Do not take any medications containing aspirin, vitamin E, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, herbs, or weight loss products for at two weeks prior to the procedure and the day following your procedure. If you have taken any of these, please inform your physician/surgeon as soon as possible.
Each surgery has different pre-op guidelines. Please follow the Pre-surgical instructions provided to you by your doctor.
If you would like to bring your child in for a tour before his/her procedure, please contact us at (863) 686-3344 to set up a time.
Frequently, this will help ease anxiety that you and your child may feel. Also, feel free to bring a favorite toy or blanket for your child to help them feel more comfortable.
Your child will most likely have an IV in place when he/she wakes up from his/her procedure which will be removed at time of discharge.
After midnight the day of your surgery
Morning of your surgery
What to bring day of your surgery
Please call us two days before surgery
If we have not reached you two days prior to surgery to review your medical history, pre-operative instructions, and financial arrangements, please call us at (863) 686-3344 and ask to speak to the pre-op nurse. If you have any other questions about getting ready for your procedure, please feel free to call us.
After your procedure, you will be moved to our post-operative room where an anesthesiologist and our nurses will observe you closely until you are ready to go home. Your doctor will want to talk with a family member/friend after your surgery so it is important for this person to remain in the building.
The time a patient stays in the recovery room will vary depending on the procedure performed and the physician’s instructions, but typically most patients are discharged within one to two hours after their procedure.
Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions about diet, rest, exercise, and medications. The center will provide you with a written summary of these instructions before you are discharged. We suggest that you pamper yourself for the first 24 hours following your procedure.
If you had anesthesia and/or pain medications, arrange for an adult to remain with you at home for at least 24 hours. Since it is normal to feel drowsy after receiving an anesthetic, we also recommend that you postpone these activities for 24 hours after discharge:
• Driving and operating equipment
• Signing important papers
• Making significant decisions
• Drinking alcoholic beverages
If you have any unexpected problems, please call your doctor. A nurse from the Center will attempt to call you the next day to check your progress and discuss any questions you may have.
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