About Your Surgery

We have added the instructions below to assist you in making your visit with us a safe and comfortable experience. Please follow these instructions unless otherwise specified by your physician.

Before Surgery

  • Stop taking herbal medications and diet drugs at least two weeks prior to surgery.
  • If you become ill or take any new medications prior to your surgery, please notify your doctor immediately.
  • If you are taking medication, such as for high blood pressure or diabetes, call the center for more information before the day of the surgery.
  • Take a shower or bath, wash your hair and brush your teeth the night before or morning of your surgery.
  • The night before surgery eat a light meal before 11PM. DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT, not even water, gum, candy, mints or coffee. Food in the stomach can cause serious complications and the surgery could be canceled or postponed.
  • Call your surgeon if you develop a cold, fever or a respiratory problem before your surgery.
  • For women, if there is any possibility you are pregnant, please notify the surgeon.
  • For your safety, you MUST have a responsible adult present during your surgery who will be able to drive you home.

Day of Surgery

  • Wear comfortable, casual clothing and shoes. You may want to bring a pair of socks to wear during your stay.
  • Arrive at the time your pre-operative nurse has instructed. This will allow adequate time for all necessary admission procedures.
  • We are not responsible for jewelry, money or valuables, so please leave them at home.
  • On the day of your surgery, please bring a photo ID, insurance card(s) and address verifications.
  • Bring a list of current medications and dosages.
  • Limit the number of people who accompany you. To maximize the comfort for all visitors, we suggest that adult patients be accompanied by only one (1) person. However, we do welcome both parents of a pediatric patient.
  • If the patient is a minor, a parent/guardian must be in the building at all times. You may bring a special toy, blanket, pacifier for your child.
  • Do not smoke immediately before or after receiving an anesthetic. Smoking may interfere with the anesthetic and frequently produces nausea during the recovery period.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages or take recreational drugs prior to surgery.
  • Do not wear contact lenses; you may wear glasses.
  • For women- SCE’s policy is to complete a pregnancy test prior to surgery on all female patients of child-bearing age, past menarche, and who have not had a hysterectomy. Therefore, on the day of your procedure, please see a staff member if you need to utilize the facility restroom prior to surgery.
  • The SCE’s policy is that staff, patients and visitors do not smoke while on the premises of the SCE.

After Surgery

  • After your procedure you will be moved to our recovery area. Here our nurses, anesthesiologist and surgeon/physician will monitor your condition until you are ready to go home. Although the time varies, most patients are discharged one to three hours after surgery.
  • You may experience some drowsiness or dizziness, depending on the type of anesthesia you received. Our staff will provide you with ordered medication to help you achieve optimal comfort. Your pain will be managed based on the following assessment scale:

  • In the second stage recovery area, your companion may rejoin you once you are stable in the recovery room. Your physician will provide specific written instructions for care at home during your recovery. Your nurse will review these instructions with you and your companion. You will receive a written copy to refer to while recovering at home. Your physician’s after-hours phone number will be provided to you in the event you have questions upon returning home.
  • Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest and medication. In the event of any difficulty, call your surgeon or his/her answering service.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after receiving general anesthesia or pain medication.
  • After discharge you will need someone to remain with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery.