We will need to obtain your complete medical history before you are scheduled for your procedure. A member of our staff will call you to review your medical history, including allergies and medications, as well as answer any questions regarding admissions and insurance coverage.
Before Your Procedure:
- We will call you on the day before your procedure to let you know what time to arrive the next day.
- Arrange for someone to be here during your procedure and to drive you home after your procedure as well.
- Make sure a responsible adult is scheduled to stay with you for the rest of the day and through the night following surgery.
- If you have small children, please make sure child care arrangements have been made so that you can rest when you get home.
The Night Before:
- Do not eat or drink, chew gum, or suck on cough drops or hard candy after midnight. Failure to comply may mean the anesthesiologists are forced to cancel your surgery.
- If you brush your teeth, rinse your mouth without swallowing any liquid.
- If you normally take medications, check with the surgery center to see if you should take them the night before or the morning of surgery.
- If you smoke, it is recommended that you refrain from smoking the day before surgery.
The Morning Of Your Procedure:
- Shower or bathe with antibacterial soap to minimize the chance of infection.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing to make your return home more pleasant.
- Wear flat shoes; slip-on styles are best.
- Be sure to wear your hearing aids if you have them.
- Leave jewelry and other valuables at home. All piercings must be removed.
- If you wear contact lenses, you may be asked to remove them. (Bring your glasses and contact case.)
- Bring your insurance or Medicare card and a photo ID.
- You must have a responsible adult with you or your procedure may be canceled.
When You Arrive:
You will be warmly welcomed upon arrival at the reception desk in our lobby. A member of our staff will review all admissions and insurance forms with you. You will then be escorted to the preoperative area. There, your nurse will greet you, prepare you for surgery, and provide whatever assistance is needed for your comfort. After your procedure, you will recover in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. Registered nurses will observe you closely and monitor your vital signs frequently until you are alert and ready to go home. Throughout this period, your family member or friend will be kept informed of your progress.
- Contact your surgeon or Carolina Center For Specialty Surgery immediately if you experience any changes in your health such as minor elevations in your temperature, a cold, or a cough.
- If you are a woman of childbearing age and suspect you may be pregnant, please notify your surgeon.
- Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to a developing fetus.