Where will my family be while I’m in surgery?

Your family will be directed to the waiting area during your surgery. The surgeon will speak to your family following your procedure. The nurse will determine when the time is appropriate for your family to come back and visit.

Will I see my doctor before the surgery?

You will meet with your surgeon and anesthesiologist prior to your surgery.

Why do I have to stop diet supplements and vitamins?

Diet supplements and vitamins can have interactions with anesthesia medications or affect certain body functions causing surgical complications.

Will I get medicine to help me relax?

You will be seen by an anesthesiologist prior to surgery to determine your need for relaxation medication.

Why do I have to arrive earlier than my scheduled surgery time?

You will need to arrive approximately 1 – 2 hours prior to your scheduled surgery start time. The time of arrival has been determined by your surgeon. This time is used to prepare you for surgery and allow for time to meet and speak with your anesthesia provider and surgeon.

Could my surgery time change?

Surgery cases are scheduled based on multiple factors including your surgeon’s availability, length of surgery, necessary equipment, type of anesthesia and the patient’s age and current health. Once you have selected a surgery date with your surgeon, we cannot guarantee your surgery at a specific time and you and your driver home need to be […]

What is a MAC?

MAC stands for monitored anesthesia care. It is provided by an anesthesiologist and is used for lighter or shorter procedures and does not require the use of a breathing tube. You will receive sedatives and painkillers through your IV to keep you relaxed and comfortable. You may even lightly sleep. The surgeon frequently injects local […]

Do I need to remove body jewelry before my surgery?

For your safety, please remove all jewelry, especially piercings before arriving for your surgery. If you have questions or concerns, please discuss this with the phone nurse prior to your arrival.

Can I leave my contacts in during surgery?

You are encouraged to wear your glasses and bring a case. If you wear your contacts to the surgery center, please be prepared to remove them prior to the surgery and bring your contact case and solution.

Why is eating before surgery an issue?

Your body has reflexes that prevent food from being aspirated (into the lungs when it is swallowed or regurgitated). Anesthesia drugs can impair these reflexes, which can cause food to be inhaled into the lungs. This food may contain bacteria which can cause complications such as pneumonia when inhaled into the lungs. It is important […]