Preparing for Surgery

Before Surgery

Your doctor’s office will schedule your procedure. Once scheduled, a nurse from the Center will call you approximately one week from your surgery date to review your health history.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the Center and your upcoming procedure.

If you develop a fever, rash, or cold anytime in the five days before your procedure, contact your doctor at once, as your procedure may need to be rescheduled. Remember, DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or CHEW anything after midnight the night before your surgery, except for a sip of water with blood pressure medication. This includes gum, mints, candy, and chewing tobacco.

Day of Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything the morning of surgery, unless you have been given other instructions from our nurses.
  • Take your heart and/or blood pressure medications with a sip of water. Diabetic patients, we may instruct you to adjust your dose of insulin on the day of your procedure.
  • You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with water, but do not swallow any of the water.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing (a short sleeved, button-front shirt is best). Leave all valuables and jewelry at home. If you wear glasses or contacts, bring a case to store them in. Please do not wear makeup, perfume, or dark colored nail polish.
  • You MUST have a responsible driver with you on the day of procedure. Your driver should remain in the facility while you are in surgery.
  • During registration, you need to verify your billing and insurance information, and to sign a financial agreement. Please bring photo ID/Driver’s License; insurance cards; cash, check, or credit card; and a list of your current medications including dosage and strength.

If the patient or insurance information cannot be verified, the surgery will need to be rescheduled. If you need to make other financial arrangements or receive an estimate of your bill, please call (636) 203-9700 prior to your surgery day.

Next, you will be taken to the pre-procedure area where a nurse will verify medical information, allergies, and your current medications. The nurse will prepare you for your procedure, and an anesthesia provider will meet with you to discuss your medical history and the type of anesthesia you will have.

After Surgery

You can expect to spend approximately 20-60 minutes in the post-anesthesia care unit, depending upon   the type of anesthesia and procedure you receive.

The nurses in this area will give you instructions for taking care of yourself at home. Should problems or

questions arise when you are recovering at home, call your surgeon at the number provided in your discharge instructions.

Information for Family Members & Friends

When we take your family member or friend in for their procedure, please remain in the Surgery Center waiting area, as many of our doctors visit with family/friends after surgery. If an urgent need arises requiring that you must leave, inform personnel at the front desk.

In Case of Emergency

If an emergency arises after normal business hours, call 911 or go directly to your local emergency room. Ask emergency room personnel to contact your surgeon.