Welcome to First State Surgery Center

Pre-Opertive Instructions

These instructions are for your comfort and safety. It's very important to follow them carefully, so that your surgery will not have to be cancelled at the last minute for safety reasons.

  1. At the time you schedule surgery – there are several things that may need to be completed prior to your surgery:
    • As whether your need to have any lab work done and when you should schedule it.
    • you will need to have a history and physical done within 30 days of surgery
    • ask whether your need to have any lab work done and when you should schedule it
    • tell your surgeon about any medications you take on a regular basis – including over the counter medications, herbal medications, even aspirin. Ask whether you need to stop taking them prior to surgery, and if yes, how far ahead of time
    • You may need to be seen by your Family Doctor or Specialist, such as your Cardiologist, prior to your surgery to have their clearance, please schedule these as instructed
    • a representative of our Anesthesia Department will contact you to review your information. Depending upon your medical condition, it may be necessary to meet with the Anesthesiologist
  2. One week ahead
    • arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours
    • arrange for a driver to transport you the day of your surgery, your driver will be required to stay at the center during your surgery. You will not be allowed to drive home by yourself
    • if there is any change in your physical condition - even a scratchy throat - call your surgeon's office and let him or her know
  3. The day before
    • call the surgery center to confirm the time of your surgery and ask any last-minute questions you may have. (The best time to call is between 1:00pm and 4:00pm)
    • do not drink or eat anything after midnight of the night before your surgery - including gum, candy, or a glass of water - unless you get specific instructions otherwise from your surgeon or the surgery center
    • please verify that your driver is available and will stay during your surgery. Unfortunately, if you do not have a driver, your surgery may need to be re-scheduled
    • please verify that you have a responsible adult to accompany you and stay with you for the first 24 hours
  4. The day of the surgery
    • dress in light, loose clothing, loose button shirts for hand/shoulder surgery and loose drawstring pants are for knee/ankle surgery are ideal. Please do not wear makeup, hairspray, jewelry, nail polish or lotion/perfume of any kind
    • arrive 1 hour before your scheduled operation, unless instructed otherwise
    • Bring:
      • your driver and responsible adult
      • list of current medications and allergies
      • Identification Card, Insurance Cards
      • any co-payments or payments
      • crutches, braces; if you are having foot, knee, or ankle surgery
    • Do not bring:
      • Valuables. You should bring your ID and insurance cards but leave your wallet, cash or credit cards, jewelry, and the like at home
      • Small children. Anyone who comes with you should be attending to you. If you are accompanying a child patient, you need your full attention for that child and must not be distracted by caring for other children
      • Contact lenses. If you must wear them because you don't have glasses, bring the case with you so you can store them during the operation