The Surgery Center provides state-of-the-art technology in a convenient location for a variety of outpatient procedures. Our caring, compassionate and highly trained staff are ready to provide the care you need.
Procedures performed here include:
- Bilateral Myringotomy with Tubes
- Tonsils and Adenoids
- Hand surgery – most common – Carpal Tunnel Release, Trigger Fingers
- Shoulder - Rotator Cuff Repair
- Sports Injuries
- General – Knee Arthroscopies
- Bilateral Tubal Occlusions
- Endometrial Uterine Ablation
- Breast Implants
Before your surgery (pre-op)
A pre-op nurse will call you prior to your surgery. If you have not heard from a nurse 72 hours prior to your surgery, please call us. Many patients need to have laboratory work, heart tracing, or chest x-ray completed prior to the surgery date. This will be determined when you speak to the nurse.
When you are called, we will need to do a verbal health history with you and will need a list of all medications, dosage and how often taken. Also, any over the counter vitamins or herbals that you take.
Please note the following:
- A nurse at the Surgery Center will inform you of what time to arrive for your surgery during your pre-op call.
- Please make sure you have someone over the age of 18 available to drive you home.
- Nothing to eat, drink, or chew after midnight (prior to surgery date).
- Bathe with an antibacterial soap (example: Zest, Dial).
- No makeup, nail polish, aftershave, jewelry, or valuables.
- Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes.
- Have someone available to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Bring your glasses, contacts or hearing aid along with a case (if available).
- These will be reviewed when you have your pre-op call and you will be informed of what you may or may not take.
- The Advanced Directive will be placed on your chart, if you have one, but will not be effective during elective surgery.
- Make sure to bring your insurance cards and driver's license.
After your surgery (post-op)
The below are only general discharge instructions. Your physician may have given you specific instructions related to your surgery; please follow them so your recovery may be as you and your physician would expect.
You will receive a call from a nurse the first working day after your surgery. We are interested in how you are doing and if you are having any concerns. We will attempt three calls and then send you a letter; this helps us to care for other patients when we hear how you are doing.
Please note the following:
- Diet: Start with clear liquids and add simple foods gradually. Progress to your normal diet if you are not nauseated. Avoid fatty foods, spicy foods, and alcohol for 24 hours.
- Take your medicine as directed. Take pain medicine with food. Also, remember you may become constipated with pain medication. You may take an over the counter stool softener, if needed.
- Do not make any major decisions for 24 hours.
- Do not drive for 24 hours. Dizziness and lightheadedness may be experienced after anesthesia and with pain medication. Be careful as you walk or climb stairs. Resume normal activities when approved by your physician.
- You may gargle with warm salt water or use throat lozenges for a sore throat.
- A small amount of blood is to be expected. If you feel the amount is excessive, call your doctor. Follow the instructions you were given for changing your dressing, using ice on the area, and when you may shower.
- If you experience excessive or persistent pain, swelling, bleeding, temperature, nausea or vomiting. If the extremity becomes cold to the touch, blue, tingly, or numb.
- Apply a warm, damp washcloth to the area for 15 - 20 minutes 4 or 5 times a day if the site is red or painful.