Information for Outpatient Surgery Patients
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If, after reading the information below, you have any questions, please call the facility where you are scheduled for surgery:
Berry Surgery Center:
DMC Lahser Campus Ambulatory Surgery Center: 248-357-0880
Our staffs look forward to making your surgery a convenient, safe and comfortable experience.
When your physician schedules your surgery, we will prepare a chart for you. A registered nurse will call you during daytime hours to ask questions about your medical history. The nurse will need to know the names of medications that you take, including over-the-counter medicines and herbal remedies. If you have had a recent EKG or lab work, the nurse will contact your primary physician for a copy. At that time, the nurse will give you instructions about how to prepare for surgery and how to care for yourself afterward.
Admitting staff will complete your preregistration packet that will include your insurance verification. This information will be included in your personal chart.
The Day Before Surgery
Please contact your Surgery Center between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. the day before your scheduled surgery to verify the time of your arrival and surgery the following day. If your surgery falls on a Monday or the day after a holiday, please call the last business day before the surgery. At that time, if you have additional questions, we will be happy to answer them.
Notify your surgeon of any change in your physical condition such as a cold, fever, sore throat, rash or flu.
Please make arrangements for a responsible adult to accompany you to the Surgery Center on the day of your surgery. It is preferred that this person remain in the facility for the duration of your stay. Additionally, someone needs to be with you for 24 hours following your procedure.
If you must bring children, please bring someone to watch them, as children are not allowed in the recovery room area.
The Evening Before Surgery
The following instructions are very important and must be followed or your surgery may be cancelled.
If you feel you cannot comply with these guidelines, please call the surgery center to discuss your concerns.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery (including water, juice, coffee, chewing gum, mints, etc.)
- Do not smoke before or after your surgery. Smoking may cause problems with your anesthesia.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages or take recreational drugs 48 hours prior to surgery.
- Do not take aspirin or aspirin products for one week before and after surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
- Take medications only as directed b the pre-surgical nurse or your surgeon.
- If you use an inhaler, bring it with you.
- If you are diabetic, do not take any pills or insulin the morning of the procedure. If your surgery is scheduled for later in the day, the anesthesiologist will give you further instructions.
Instructions for Children
The Day of Surgery
- Remove all baby bottles from the crib at night. Inform the family members that the child should not be given anything to eat or drink after midnight.
- If appropriate for the age of child, remove all drinking glasses from the bathroom. Do not let the child brush his/her teeth the morning of the surgery.
- You may bring children in pajamas. They may keep their underpants on.
- For infants, you may bring formula or special drinking cups for use after surgery. Bring an extra diaper or change of underwear.
- Children may bring a favorite blanket or small, soft toy.
- If possible, do not bring other children along the day of surgery.
- Bring your health insurance card and birth certificate for all children under 18 years of age, along with a parent's photo I.D.
For your safety, the following must be removed:
- All jewelry and body piercings
- Contact lenses, including extended wear
- Wigs, hairpins, hair clips
- Do not use any lotions, gels, hairspray, cologne, perfume or powders.
- Leave jewelry and valuables at home, including wedding rings, watches and money.
A responsible adult must bring you to the Surgery Center, remain during the procedure and then drive you home. Your surgery will be rescheduled if you do not have a responsible adult driver.
- Your insurance card and photo identification
- Advanced directive/durable power of attorney for health care, if available
- Guardianship papers, if applicable
Leave your gown and slippers at home. They will be provided for you when you arrive at the Surgery Center.
Prostheses will be removed before you enter the operating room. You may be asked to remove your dentures. They will be kept in a secure area and will be returned to you in the recovery room after surgery.
Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing. You may wish to bring a pillow and a blanket for the ride home.
Preparation for Surgery
- Please report to the registration desk inside the Surgery Center.
- You will be taken into an area where you will change into a patient gown and empty your bladder.
- You will be placed on a stretcher and a nurse will check your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature.
- An IV will be started and lab samples may be collected. IVs on young children will not be started until later in the OR.
- Your anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist will discuss the anesthesia plan with you.
- Medication to ensure your relaxation will be administered. It may make your mouth feel dry.
- Your friend or family member may remain with you until you go into the operating room area.
- Parents are encouraged to hold their child during this phase.
- You will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (recovery) after your procedure. You will be given something to drink and crackers before you are discharged home.
- In the unlikely event that surgical complications arise, your doctor may arrange for regular hospital admission overnight.
- You will be instructed to go directly home after surgery. Expect to be drowsy the remainder of the day.
- Discharge instructions will be explained to you.
- You will not be able to drive yourself home. You will not be able to work the day of surgery.
- You should have a responsible adult stay and help you through the first post-operative night.
- If you experience severe pain, bleeding or fever, call your surgeon or go directly to the emergency room nearest your home.
- The next working day after your surgery a nurse will telephone you to check on your progress.
- You will be given a patient satisfaction survey. Please return it by mail. Your opinions count and help us continually improve our service.