PREPARING FOR SURGERY Please follow these steps carefully prior to your surgery to help ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible.   BEFORE SURGERY It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.    Food and Drink: Do not eat food or drink after midnight the night before your surgery. Alcohol: Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival. Smoking: No smoking after midnight the night before your surgery. Accessories:  Makeup, Nail Polish,  Jewelry (including body jewelry): Please remove all these items before surgery. Clothing: Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings. Valuables: Please leave valuables at home. Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If: You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery. You suspect you may be pregnant. You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, or certain herbal medicines.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery.  You can discuss this with your surgeon. WHAT YOU NEED THE DAY OF THE SURGERY Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses. Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation. Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours. Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults. Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery. Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, and interpreter is required. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE DAY OF SURGERY Check-in: When you arrive at our center we ask that you check-in at the registration desk to verify personal, escort and insurance information. Following Admission: After checking in at our center, you will be brought to the private room where the nurse will do a health interview and prepare you for surgery.  You and your family or escort will stay in the room until it is time for your surgery.  An anesthesiologist will discuss your anesthesia with you and answer any questions.  At the appropriate time you will be escorted to the operating room.  During surgery your escort will stay in a waiting area and will rejoin you in the Phase II recovery area after your surgery.  Once you are in stable condition, you will be discharged.  Most patients are discharged one to five hours after surgery.  It s normal to experience sleepiness and dizziness for 12 to 24 hours after surgery. Post Care: You will receive verbal and written post-surgical care instructions (please follow these instructions).  Your escort must be available to discuss and sign these instructions before you will be allowed to go home.  If you experience anything unusual after your surgery, please call your surgeon or go to the nearest emergency room. A nurse from our center will call you several days after your surgery to check on your recovery. Transportation: DO NOT PLAN TO DRIVE yourself home or use public transportation after your procedure.  A friend or relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours. WHAT TO BRING Toiletries Contact lens case Other personal care items Routine medication in clearly labeled containers If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at: 210.255.8084
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