For Your Visit
Everything you’ll need to be prepared for your upcoming visit is right here. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please give us a call at 302-351-4848.
Preparing for Your Surgery
1. We'll contact you
A nurse from the anesthesia group will contact you prior to your surgery date to review your medical history and give you further instructions for your surgery if you are receiving anesthesia.
2. Before Arrival
A nurse from the surgery center will contact you the day prior to your surgery date to give you the arrival time for your surgery the next day. If you are receiving anesthesia, you will be instructed to stop eating and drinking at midnight the night before your surgery. This includes chewing gum, cough drops, lozenges, hard candy, coffee, tea and water. Your surgery may be cancelled if these instructions are not followed. If you are not receiving anesthesia for your procedure, you will be instructed that you are permitted to eat a light breakfast on your day of surgery.
If you have been instructed to take medications the morning before your surgery, take them only with one sip of water.
If you are receiving anesthesia, make arrangements for an adult 18 years or older to be with you on the day of surgery, to drive you home and to stay with you for the remainder of the day and night. If you do not have a driver when you arrive at the surgery center, your surgery will be delayed and/or cancelled.
You must arrive at the surgery center at your instructed time to allow time for admission in both the reception and the pre-op areas. We have a 15-minute window for your arrival time; if you more than 15 minutes late, your surgery may be delayed and/or cancelled. Please call the surgery center for any major delays in your arrival, to see if we can still accommodate your surgery.
6. If you're unwell
If you develop a cold, fever or respiratory issue before your surgery, please call your surgeon’s secretary at (302) 655-9494 or the nurses at the surgery center at (302) 351-4848.
Day of Surgery
1. What to Wear
Wear loose-fitting clothing that can be removed easily. Remove make-up and nail polish. Remove contact lenses prior to arriving at the surgery center. Bring cases for glasses, hearing aids and dentures. Leave all valuables and jewelry at home or with a family member. Remove rings from operative arm/hand.
2. Make Sure to Shower
Shower or bathe as you normally would on your day of surgery. Notify your doctor if you have any changes in your physical condition on the day of surgery.
3. What to Bring
Bring photo identification (current driver’s license, passport, or state/federal ID) and your insurance cards. Failure to provide photo identification and current insurance information may result in cancellation of your procedure on the day of surgery. Please bring a brace, sling or crutches if your provider has instructed you to do so.
Someone 18 years or older will need to drive you to and from your procedure. We ask that they remain in the parking lot in case of an emergency. To maximize the comfort of all visitors, we suggest that you be accompanied by only one person if possible.
Arriving at the Surgery Center
1. Photo ID and Insurance Card
You will be asked for your photo ID and your insurance card at the reception desk.
2. Co-Pay and Deductible
If you received a call from our billing department about your copay or deductible, it will be collected from you at this time. If you do not have your co-pay or deductible amount with you on the day of surgery, your surgery will be cancelled.
3. Registration is Complete
Once your registration is complete, a pre-op nurse will take you into our pre-op area to review our admission and consent forms.
4. Discuss Anesthetic Options
A board-certified anesthesiologist will evaluate you and discuss the anesthetic options for your surgery. Your anesthetic team may consist of both a nurse anesthetist as well as a physician anesthesiologist.
5. Ready for Surgery
After you are ready for surgery in the pre-op area, we will ask if you would like to see your family member or driver before your surgery.
1. Resting After Surgery
You will rest in our recovery room area as you are being monitored by our nursing staff.
2. Guest Visit
Your family member or driver will be brought to the recovery room to be with you once you are awake and alert. The recovery room nurse will review with you and your family member/driver the post-operative instructions from your doctor and you will be given a written copy of the instructions. If applicable, you will be given a prescription from your doctor in the recovery room.
You will be discharged once you have met our discharge criteria.
4. You Need a Driver
You may not drive yourself home after surgery if you received anesthesia. An adult 18 years or older must drive you home and stay with you for the remainder of the day and night.
5. Do Not Make Important Decisions
It is normal to feel sleepy for several hours after receiving anesthesia. You should not make important decisions on the day of surgery or while taking any pain medication.
6. Follow Post-Operative Instructions
Follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, dressing/wound care, possible post-operative therapy, follow-up appointment and medications.
7. Follow Up Call
You will receive a phone call the next day from a nurse at our surgery center for follow up (within a business day if your surgery is on a Friday).
8. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Fever over 101 degrees
- Excessive pain or swelling
- Excessive drainage or bleeding
- Continued nausea or vomiting
- An unexpected reaction to a medication
9. Call 911
If you think you are having a medical emergency, please call 911 instead.
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