Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why do I have to arrive so early before my procedure?

A:  After you are checked in, there are many things the nursing staff needs to do to prepare you for your procedure; take your temperature, blood pressure, & check your heart rate, listen to your lungs, and start an IV so you can receive your sedation. In order to help ensure your safety, we also review your history and go over the procedure you are having, answering any questions you or your family may have.

 

Q: Will I have my procedure at the time I am scheduled?

A: Your scheduled procedure time is an estimated time. Procedures may take a shorter or longer amount of time, therefore we cannot give an exact time. The ASC will make every effort to meet your scheduled procedure time and will keep you and your family informed of any delays or if you are finishing early. Please feel free to ask us if you have any concerns.

 

Q: Why can’t I eat or drink before my procedure?

A: If your stomach is empty, the risk of nausea and vomiting during the procedure is greatly reduced. Vomiting during procedure can cause serious complications.

 

Q: What should I wear to the ASC?

A: Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing, preferably short sleeved shirts. You are welcome to wear a light cardigan or jacket that we can easily remove for IV access and blood pressures. All jewelry needs to be removed and it is best to leave all valuables at home or with your family. The ASC is not responsible for valuables.

 

Q: What should I bring to the ASC?

Bring any papers that you were given at the doctor’s office, your completed registration if you did not mail it in and your insurance card and co-pays. If you require reading glasses please bring those with you.

 

Q: Will my family be able to stay with me while I am being prepared for my procedure?

A:  We ask that family members wait in the lobby while we are admitting you. When the admission process is complete we are more than happy to bring one family member back to sit with you until it is time for your procedure.

 

Q: What type of sedation will I receive and what does that mean?

A: The type of sedation chosen will be determined by you and your physician prior to the day of your procedure.  The surgery center staff will review your sedation during the admission process with you.

 

Q: Will I be able to talk with my physician prior to my procedure?

A: Yes. Your physician will speak with you before and after your procedure.

 

Q: Will I be able to see my family after my procedure?

A: There is a period of time that you will be in the recovery area. One friend or family member may join you in the post-operative recovery area, depending on your nursing needs.

 

Q: When will I be allowed to go home?

A: Everyone reacts differently to the medications we give them, so recovery time depends upon the individual, the procedure you had and the type of medication you received. When you are awake and doing well, your nurse will go over your post-operative instructions and answer any questions you may have.

 

Q: When can I resume my usual activities? Go back to work? Drive a car?

A:  If you receive sedation or anesthesia you may NOT drive yourself home or drive for the remainder of the day. With regard to going back to work or resuming exercises, the nursing staff will review this with you on the day of your procedure.

 

Q: What danger signs should I watch for when I go home?

A: Although rare we want you to watch for any excessive bleeding, signs of infections (redness, swelling, heat, increased pain, red streaks, drainage from the wound, fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, difficulty breathing, excessive pain, excessive nausea and vomiting, or inability to urinate.      For any concerns please notify your physician immediately.