Instructions Before Surgery

Instructions Before your Surgery

Welcome The Surgery Center, LLC. To help us plan for your visit, our pre-admission nurse will call you prior to your surgery. She will ask questions about the medications you take and their dosages, your medical history, and your surgical history. Please be prepared to answer these questions, as this information helps us to customize and personalize your care plan. If no one has called you within 48 hours of your procedure, or if you have any other pre-op questions, please contact the pre-op nurse at 414-325-4411.

If you are having general anesthesia with your procedure, our anesthesiologist will call you the night before your surgery to talk with you about your medical history and answer any questions you may have about anesthesia.

You can help us ensure your safety and comfort before and during your procedure by carefully following these instructions. Please also share them with the person who will care for you after you leave The Surgery Center, LLC.

If you are having general anesthesia or sedation for your procedure:
  • Take nothing by mouth after midnight the night before. This means that you cannot drink any liquids, eat food, chew gum, smoke a cigarette, or have a mint. If you brush your teeth, do not swallow any water. If your surgery is late in the day, please ask the nurse or anesthesiologist about having a light breakfast.
  • You will be instructed by your doctor or pre-admission nurse which medications to take the morning of surgery. Take medication with a sip of water only.

These instructions are for your safety. Please follow the directions from the pre-admission nurse and the anesthesiologist prior to surgery to avoid possible cancellation.

Other advance instructions for all patients:
  • Patients who are having an outpatient procedure with anesthesia must arrange for a responsible adult to take them home and stay with them for 24 hours.
  • Patients receiving local anesthesia may drive themselves home.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup on the day of surgery. Remove all fingernail and toenail polish.
  • Wear your glasses instead of contacts on the day of surgery. If you must wear contacts, bring a container for your lenses.
  • All jewelry must be removed, including all body piercing jewelry.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Bring extra underwear or diapers for young children. You may want to bring a security item for your child, such as a favorite toy or blanket.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are taking any herbal remedies. Your doctor may want you to discontinue your herbal remedies prior to surgery.
  • Check with your doctor—he/she may want you to avoid vitamin E, aspirin, Advil, naproxen, ibuprofen, Aleve, and other anti-inflammatories.
  • Please notify your surgeon if you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever, or any other health related problems prior to surgery.
  • If you must cancel your surgery, please notify your surgeon's office to make the necessary arrangements.
  • You have the right to expect appropriate pain control. We may not be able to eliminate your pain, but we can lower pain to a tolerable level. Your physician will write a prescription for pain medications for home use, but The Surgery Center, LLC does not fill prescriptions. You will need to be prepared to fill your prescription at a pharmacy of your choice.
  • On the day of your procedure, we will need:
    • A copy of your insurance card(s)
    • A photo ID

Payment of any co-payment, deductible, and estimated co-insurance. Payment may be made by check, cash, cashier's check, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard.