Your Surgery Experience
Upon arrival at the Surgery Center, you will be escorted to the admissions area, where a nurse will verify your medical information, allergies and medications, and prepare you for surgery. We provide warmed blankets and pillows to ensure you are comfortable before an anesthesia provider meets with you to discuss your medical background and the type of anesthesia you will be given. Following surgery, you will return to the patient care area where a recovery nurse will monitor your condition. The nurse will then invite your designated driver to rejoin you. Once your driver is present, the nurse will walk you through any home care instructions.
Be Prepared for Your Surgery
Do NOT eat, drink, or chew anything after midnight unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. This includes gum, mints, candy, chewing tobacco, and snuff.
Fill out your paperwork. You will be given a packet of patient forms when you schedule your surgery. Please fill out these forms and bring the entire packet with you on surgery day. These forms are also available on our Patient Information page. You are welcome to call or visit the center if you have questions or need assistance with this paperwork.
Day of Surgery
Do NOT eat, drink, or chew anything the morning of your surgery unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. You may take usual morning medications with a sip of water. You may also brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with water, but do not swallow any.
If you are an insulin-dependent diabetic or taking blood-thinning medication (aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix, etc.), talk with your prescribing doctor for additional instructions.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes or sneakers (no heals, hikers, or boots). Leave valuables, watches, and jewelry at home. If you wear glasses or contacts, bring a case to store them in. Do not wear makeup.
Bring a responsible adult driver who is willing to remain in the facility while you are in surgery. For your safety, we will reschedule your surgery for a later date if you do not bring a driver willing to stay. Additionally, though we want our patients to be as comfortable as possible, restricted space requires us to ask that you bring only one person with you to your surgery. However, if the patient is a child, both parents are welcome.
Bring your insurance and/or Medicare cards and your completed patient forms.
If you have any problems or concerns after your procedure, we provide telephone support at (307) 382-6873 during normal business hours. After business hours, please call your doctor for advice and instructions.
For emergencies, contact your doctor immediately or go directly to your local emergency room and ask them to contact your doctors.