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Why do I need to be at the surgery center so early? 

  • This allows sufficient time for you to be properly checked in and prepared for your procedure.

Do I take my usual medications the day of my procedure? 

  • This depends on the medication. Please call your doctor, or call us for instructions.

Do I need to bring my medications with me? 

  • You do not need to bring your medicines from home except for any inhalers that you may require, however please bring a complete list of all of your prescription and over-the-counter medicines (vitamins, aspirin, herbal remedies, etc.) including the dosage of each one and how often you take them.

Can I eat and drink before my procedure?

  • You may eat up until 8 hours before your arrival time

  • You may drink clear liquids up to 2 hours before your scheduled procedure.

  • If you are having a gastro-intestinal procedure done, please follow the
    written instructions given to you by your doctor.

Because food and liquids in your stomach can cause serious complications, if you do not follow these instructions, your procedure may be cancelled or delayed. If you have any questions about what you can eat or drink, please call us.

Does my ride need to stay? 

  • Parents of children having surgery, legal guardians/ custodians, or translators of non-English speaking patients will need to remain in the facility at all times until you are discharged.

Can I drive myself home or ride home in a taxi? 

  • You must have a responsible adult drive you home from your procedure. You may ride home in a taxi. Uber, Lyft or other public transportation only if you are accompanied by a responsible adult.

What do I need to bring with me? 

Please bring the following items:


  • Insurance cards and/or payment

  • Photo I.D.

  • Copy of Advanced Directive if you have one.

  • If you are a legal guardian or conservator of a patient, please bring all legal paperwork with you. All other valuables should be left at home.

What will I need to pay when I come in? 

  • We bill most insurances for you, however you will receive a call from the business office advising you of any co-payments and deductibles that you will be required to pay the day of your procedure. If you are not available by phone, or have requested not to receive a phone call, please call us 1 or 2 days before your procedure to obtain this information.

Can I leave my jewelry on? 

  • No. All jewelry including body-piercing jewelry will need to be removed and left at home.

Can a friend or family member come into the operating room with me? 

  • No. Friends and family members are not allowed into the operating room, even if they have a medical background.

Why will you call me after my procedure? 

  • Because meeting your needs is our priority. We want to check your progress and answer any questions you may have following your surgery. If we are unable to reach you during business hours, please call and leave a message on our voice mail to let us know how you are doing.

I use a different name than is what is on my insurance card. Is that a problem?

  • Yes, this presents a problem for your insurance billing and payment. Please make sure to provide your physicians office staff and the receptionist here at Greater Sacramento Surgery Center with your given name as reflected on your insurance cards when registering. Also, if your insurance sponsor/subscriber is someone other than yourself, you will need to provide subscriber information, such as their social security number and date of birth. 

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