WHAT TO EXPECT
A registered nurse will contact you three to five days prior to procedure unless otherwise notified by your doctor's office. If this is inconvenient or if we are unable to reach you, it is important for you to call 916-929-7229 prior to your arrival. This is to confirm the date and arrival time for your surgery, discuss pre-operative instructions, review your medical history, discuss financial responsibilities you may have the day of surgery, and answer any questions you may have about your surgery.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our receptionist, who will assist you with registration. IT WILL GREATLY EXPEDITE YOUR ADMITTING PROCESS IF YOU WILL COMPLETE THE PRE-REGISTRATION FORM PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL.
We make every effort to adhere to the planned schedule; however, you may experience an unexpected delay prior to the actual performance of your procedure. This might occur for a variety of reasons; however, we will make every attempt to keep you informed as to the cause of the delay and of a revised start time for your procedure. Please remember that if at any time you have concerns about a delay you are experiencing, you are encouraged to address them with any member of the Surgery Center Staff.
After registering, the nurse will escort you to the pre-operative area where you will be asked to read and sign an informed consent to surgery form and answer questions regarding your medical history. In the case of a minor child, the informed consent must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Parents of a minor child must remain in the facility during surgery.
You will be asked to change into a surgical gown and you will be assisted onto a preoperative bed. If you are having a general anesthetic, your anesthesiologist will meet you and review your overall health and medical history. It is important to provide the anesthesiologist with the names of any medication you have been taking along with the dosages.
You will also be seen by your physician prior to your procedure. At this time, you should inform them of any changes in your health history since you were initially evaluated for your procedure. When your surgeon and the facility is ready, you will be taken to the operating room. If your family is waiting, they will be notified when your surgery is completed and you are ready for a visitor. It is important that your family let the receptionist know if they plan to wait or leave and when they return, as your surgeon may want to talk with them following your surgery.
After your procedure, you will go to the recovery room for approximately one hour. When you are awake and recovered enough to go home, you will dress, be assisted to a wheelchair and escorted to your transportation. If you are participating in our 23 Hour Stay Program, you will be discharged home within 23 hours from your time of admission to the Surgery Center. YOU MUST ARRANGE FOR A RESPONSIBLE FRIEND OR RELATIVE TO DRIVE YOU HOME FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY IF YOU HAVE HAD ANY FORM OF GENERAL, IV OR ORAL SEDATION OR PAIN RELIEF OR A PROCEDURE THAT MAY AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO OPERATE A VEHICLE SAFELY. You will not be permitted to leave alone following surgery. If you must take a taxi, Lyft, Uber or public transportation home you will be required to have an adult friend or relative accompany you. It is not safe to care for a child who has had surgery while you are trying to drive a car. Please arrange to have another adult along on the ride home. The ONLY exception to this ride home policy relates to ADULT patients having surgery with just local infiltration of medications at the site of their surgery. Those patients (who receive NO pain pills, pain shots, epidural injections, or anesthesia) may be discharged WITHOUT an accompanying adult and may drive themselves home.