WHAT TO EXPECT 

AMBULATORY SURGERY

At Jefferson Surgery Center, appointments are scheduled and unlike a hospital, we do not have to deal with the interruptions of other surgical patients and emergency cases. As a result, you’re assured of prompt attention to your needs, and in an atmosphere that’s pleasing to doctors and patients alike. Therefore, it is important to arrive in a timely manner and follow all instructions provided to you by our personnel. At any time that you do not understand what is going on, please ask.

BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE

 

  • Your physician will inform you if any prior testing is necessary before your arrival. Please request that any pre-admission testing results be sent to our Center by faxing to: 877-811-0277

  • Expect a call from a nurse prior to your procedure to obtain information about your medical history and answer any question you may have. If the Center calls and is unable to reach you, please return our call as soon as possible.

  • Notify your physician before coming to the Center if there is any change in your medical condition such as a cold or fever.

  • Please bathe or shower prior to your procedure. Remove all makeup, nail polish and hair pieces. Do not use lotions, oils, perfumes or powders after bathing. You may use deodorant.

BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE

 

  • Your physician will inform you if any prior testing is necessary before your arrival. Please request that any pre-admission testing results be sent to our Center by faxing to: 877-811-0277

  • Expect a call from a nurse prior to your procedure to obtain information about your medical history and answer any question you may have. If the Center calls and is unable to reach you, please return our call as soon as possible.

  • Notify your physician before coming to the Center if there is any change in your medical condition such as a cold or fever.

  • Please bathe or shower prior to your procedure. Remove all makeup, nail polish and hair pieces. Do not use lotions, oils, perfumes or powders after bathing. You may use deodorant.

DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE

 

  • Always wear something comfortable and easy to remove. All jewelry and piercings must be removed and if you wear contacts or glasses, bring a case for their safekeeping. We provide containers for removable dentures and bridgework. We want you to have a support person with you when you come for your procedure so please limit this to one individual if at all possible.

  • Your support person must wait in the front lobby during your procedure. The surgeon will speak with that individual following the procedure (with your permission) and they will be able to rejoin you at time of discharge.

  • We recommend that you arrive at Jefferson Surgery Center one hour before your scheduled appointment time to allow for registration and a nursing evaluation. Please bring any medical records or other documents related to your surgery that your physician gives you.

  • If you are taking any medications, including pain pills, you should take them as instructed by the staff however, only with a small sip of water within four hours of your arrival time. If your medications include blood thinners, you will need to discuss this with your surgeon prior to your surgery. If you haven’t, please call us.

  • You should brush your teeth but do not drink any water.

  • You must refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum, alcohol or smoking after midnight, the night before your procedure. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your procedure.

  • If you are or could possibly be pregnant, please notify us immediately upon arrival at the Center. Certain medications and the use of radiation may cause harm to your developing fetus.

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

 

  • Following your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will be closely observed then permitted to change back into your clothes once your vital signs are stable and you have met our discharge criteria. The Center nursing staff will provide you with a copy of your discharge instructions and will review those with you and your significant other (with your permission). You should take this opportunity to ask any questions that you have regarding your post discharge and recovery care.

  • For the public’s safety as well as your own, Jefferson Surgery Center requires you to have someone drive you home after your procedure unless your surgeon and the management have pre-approved other arrangements. Some procedures, anesthesia and other types of medications may impair your ability to drive safely for a period of time following surgery.

  • NOTE: If you do not have a ride, or prior approval from your physician and the Center’s management to drive yourself home or take public transportation, your procedure will be cancelled.

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