To expedite your check-in process, we need to receive your registration information prior to your procedure. We have provided online registration for your convenience. If you are unable to provide your information online, please be certain to complete the paperwork provided by your physician’s office. If either the online registration or the paperwork provided by your physician’s office is not completed at the time of your arrival, you may experience a time delay in going back to the pre-op area.
A health history nurse will call you prior to your surgery to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process.
It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.
Food and Drink
Do not eat food or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless directed differently by your doctor. You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery, but be sure not to swallow water or toothpaste. Do not chew gum or eat hard candy or mints the morning of your surgery. You may take your daily medications the morning of surgery with as little water as possible unless otherwise indicated by your physician or our staff. Children under the age of 12 have special fasting instructions. Please refer to the Special Care For Children section for these guidelines.
Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.
o not smoke after midnight the night before your surgery.
Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.
Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.
Please leave valuables at home. This includes jewelry, cell phone, and cash. You will, however, need to bring your photo ID and insurance card, Medicaid, or other medical assistance documentation.
Notify the Center & Your Surgeon if:
- You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting, or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
- You suspect you may be pregnant.
- You are taking diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal medicines. You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery. You can discuss this with your surgeon.
What You Need the Day of the Surgery:
- Information: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers, and addresses.
- Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
- Escort: A friend, relative, or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
- Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
- Care for Children: If you have young children at home whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least 24 hours following your surgery.
- Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English, or use sign language, an interpreter is required. If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the scheduling department at 713-525-7991 as soon as possible.