Preparation for Surgery
Your physician will discuss your surgery with you during your office visit, and your surgical appointment will be scheduled at that time. Be sure to tell your doctor about any existing medical conditions and any medication that you are currently taking.
After your surgery is scheduled, you will receive a phone call from a member of our nursing staff to obtain a basic health history and review your pre-operative instructions. Our staff member will inform you of the time you are to arrive at the Center on the day of surgery or you may call us at (954) 900-3382 to receive your instructions. It is very important that you speak with someone from the Center prior to the date of your surgery.
You will be also contacted by a member of our business office staff regarding your insurance coverage and your portion of the bill. They will discuss the fee for your surgery, as well as your co-payment, co-insurance, or deductible with you.
If you have had any pre-operative tests or a history and physical performed within 30 days prior to surgery, please ask your physician to fax or send the reports to us (Attn: Pre-Op Department) prior to your arrival.
Before surgery, you should follow these important safety rules. If you do not follow these guidelines, your operation may have to be delayed or cancelled.
- Make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery. Taxi transportation is allowed only for those patients accompanied by an adult escort.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night prior to your surgery unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. This includes foods, liquids, water, candy, gum and breath mints.
- Do not smoke or use any tobacco products after midnight the night before your surgery.
- Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before and after your surgery.
- You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth the day of surgery, provided nothing is swallowed.
- If you take insulin or any other routine medication, your doctor or anesthesiologist will tell you how to take your medication the day of the surgery.
- If you take a blood thinner (such as Coumadin, aspirin, etc.), please tell the surgeon.
- You may take your normal heart, blood pressure, breathing, or seizer medication the morning of surgery with a sip of water.
Failure to follow these instructions can cause serious complications.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your care, please discuss them with the Center’s staff who calls for your pre-operative interview. Otherwise, feel free to call the Center at (954) 900-3382.