After the office visit with your physician, their staff will contact our office and schedule your surgery. Once your surgery is scheduled, you will receive a letter giving you your surgery date, rights and responsibilities and financial obligations. Read all the information given to you to make sure your procedure is not delayed or canceled.
You will receive a phone call from our staff 1 business day before your procedure to give you a specific arrival time. This may be different from what you originally received from your surgeon’s office as surgery schedules change frequently.
The Day Before Your Surgery
The following instructions are very important and MUST be followed or it may be necessary to reschedule your surgery:
- Please have all the medications you are currently taking including any natural and/or herbal supplements in their original bottle available for your telephone call with our nurse 1-2 days prior to surgery. The nursing staff needs to have an accurate medication history.
- You will be instructed by the nursing staff as to which medications you should and should not take the morning of surgery.
- Do not take aspirin, aspirin products, Vitamin E, fish oil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, or any herb or garlic supplement for one week prior to your surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you take Coumadin, Plavix or other blood thinners.
- Notify your doctor and the surgery center staff if you have an insulin pump or internal / external devices such as a pacemaker or defibrillator.
- DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery, including: water, juice, coffee, chewing gum or mints, unless instructed otherwise by the surgery center preoperative nurse.
- Notify your doctor and the surgery center IMMEDIATELY if you suspect you are pregnant.
- You must make arrangements to have an adult stay with you during your entire procedure, drive you home, and we advise that they oversee your care for the first 24 hours following surgery.
- Gather required information needed for the day of surgery, including insurance cards, legal documents (such as Power of Attorney, Advance Directive or Guardianship documents), completed registration forms and any other information your doctor has asked you to bring to the surgical center.
Please follow these guidelines on the day of your surgery
- If you need to cancel your surgery for any reason, please call the center and your surgeon as soon as possible at (360) 486-6300.
- Take all medications on the morning of surgery that your preoperative nurse instructed you to take with a sip of water.
- Bathe or shower the evening prior to, or morning of, your surgery to minimize the risk of infection. Please do not use any make-up, perfumes, hairspray or deodorant. Remove all nail polish.
- You may brush your teeth and gargle, but do not swallow any water.
- Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.
- Please leave jewelry and all other valuables at home. The surgery center cannot be responsible for lost items.
- If you have an inhaler prescribed, please bring the inhaler to the center with you on the day of surgery.
- Please refrain from smoking the day of surgery.
- Please bring any support equipment you usually use at home such as walkers and crutches.
- Please arrive at the center at your specified arrival time. Any delays might cause your procedure to re-scheduled. If you are running late, please contact us immediately at (360) 486-6300.
- You will have an opportunity to speak with your surgeon and anesthesiologist prior to surgery. Please be prepared to ask any questions you may have.
After Your Surgery
- After surgery, in our fully equipped Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), a specially trained PACU nurse will monitor and care for you while you are waking from anesthesia. Pain and nausea medications will be administrated as needed. The medical staff will discharge you to the Phase 2 area when assured that you are in stable condition. Once in the Phase 2 area, you will continue to be monitored until you are ready to go home. At this time, a family member or friend may be with you. Specific discharge instructions will be reviewed with you and the responsible adult driving you home. You will be discharged home when you are, awake and alert, pain is manageable and you have minimal nausea. You must be driven home by a responsible adult.
- For 24 hours after surgery requiring anesthesia, you should have a responsible adult assist in caring for you. Do not make any important decisions, do not drive, do not operate heavy equipment, do not drink alcohol and do not take any medications not prescribed by or acknowledged by your doctor.
- Call your doctor’s office if you experience any of the following:
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Fever greater than 101 degrees F
- Excessive pain not controlled by prescribed pain medication
- Any unexpected bleeding or wound drainage
- Extreme redness or swelling at the operative site area
- A pronounced skin rash
- After hours, call the doctor’s office and the doctor on call will call you back. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.
- The first business day after your surgery, you will receive a call from our nursing staff. Please ask the nurse any questions that may have arisen since your surgery.
- You will be given a computer link to our Patient Satisfaction Survey website. This is part of our Continuous Quality Improvement Program. Please share your comments regarding your experience at South Sound Surgery Center. We are interested in your comments and share them with our staff as a part of our efforts to provide the best quality care.