Preparing for Surgery

Your physician will discuss your operation with you during your office visit. Your surgical procedure will be scheduled by your physician. Please be sure to tell your doctor about any existing medical conditions and any medication that you are currently taking.

You must make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery. A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients under the age of 18. Legal guardians must provide proof of guardianship. Someone must be here at all times.

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless your doctor or anesthesiologists direct otherwise. This includes coffee, tea, water, ice, hard candy, gum, mints, cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Aspiration of stomach contents during surgery could be life threatening.

Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before and after your surgery.

You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth the day of the surgery, provided nothing is swallowed.

If you take insulin or any other routine medication, your doctor or anesthesiologist will tell you how to take your medication the day of surgery.

If you take a blood thinner, please notify your surgeon when scheduling your procedure.

You may take your normal heart, blood pressure, breathing or seizure medication the morning of surgery with a small sip of water.

Be aware of changes in your physical condition, such as a sore throat or a cold prior to surgery. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN IF CHANGES OCCUR.

If your baby, under two years of age, is having surgery, please check with us for special instructions.

You will receive a phone call from a member of our nursing staff to complete a preoperative health assessment (click here to download). If for some reason we are not able to reach you, please contact us at 307-577-2950. It is very important that we speak with you before surgery.

Patients may be contacted by the patient's new account representative to review health insurance and payment terms.

The Day of Surgery

If you are unable to keep your appointment or you are delayed, please contact the Center immediately. Please arrive 60 minutes before your scheduled time unless otherwise notified.

Do not wear any jewelry and remove ALL piercings, makeup, nail polish and lotion. Remove contact lenses, if you wear them. Leave all valuables at home.

Choose low-heeled shoes and loose, comfortable clothing which is easy to put on, take off, and does not bind the site of your surgery. Avoid garments that pull over your head. Sleeves and legs should be loose enough to fit over bandages if necessary.

Bring your insurance cards and any expected copay, as well as patient/parent photo ID .

When you arrive at the center, please check in at the front desk to register. A nurse will escort you into the preoperative area where a brief medical assessment will be performed. You will be asked to change into a gown provided by the Center. Your valuables will be placed in a secured locker or given to the person who has accompanied you to the Surgery Center or held in a secure location. Your anesthesiologist will visit with you prior to surgery.

After your procedure is completed, you will rest briefly in our recovery room under the care of specially trained nurses and monitored by your anesthesiologist. You will then be transferred to a step-down recovery area, where your family and friends can be with you. Please limit your visitors to two at a time. Try to make other arrangements for siblings to allow for undivided attention to the surgical family member.

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