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PATIENT INFORMATION

Preparing for Your Surgery

Confirmation Phone Call 

  • A member of our staff will call you prior to your surgery date to clarify any questions about your health history and confirm the date and time of your arrival.

Preparing For Your Surgery

  • Once your procedure has been scheduled, a Nurse will contact you to discuss your medications and medical history.
  • A surgical pamphlet will be sent in the mail. This will provide detailed information about Arrowhead Surgery Center, how to prepare for surgery, and what you can expect.
  • You will need to have a pre-op history and physical within 30 days of the scheduled surgery date. Make sure you discuss your medications with your primary care provider and when you may need to stop taking them ahead of surgery (diabetes, Blood pressure, vitamins, blood thinners, NSAIDS). 

Eating and Drinking

  • During your confirmation phone call, a nurse from the surgery center will go over your eating and drinking instructions.
  • NO eating solid foods after midnight. You can drink clear liquids up until two hours prior to your arrival time. Clear liquids include water, juice, black coffee, and tea; No dairy or cream products after midnight.
  • It is recommended you DO NOT smoke, vape, chew tobacco, or consume alcohol 24 hours prior to your surgery.

Pre-Surgical Hydration Protocol

  • We recommend a pre-surgical hydration protocol to better serve our patients and help obtain better surgical outcomes.
Acceptable Drinks (Do Not Buy Red Color)
  • The best option for hydration is Body Armour drink. May substitute with Gatorade or Powerade.
    • If Diabetic – use Body Armour Lyte, Gatorade G2, Or Powerade Zero.
  • The night before surgery, drink up to 32 ounces before midnight. 2 hours prior to surgery, drink another 8 ounces.
    • If Diabetic – drink 8 ounces 3 hours prior to surgery.

Transportation

  • Because anesthesia often has lingering effects on the body, we ask that you arrange for someone to drive you home. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery.

Special Precautions

  • Contact Arrowhead Surgery Center or your surgeon’s office immediately if you experience any change in your health such as fever, cough, cold, flu, or infection.

The Morning of Surgery

  • Please bring your insurance card.

  • Leave jewelry, purses, and valuables at home. This includes earrings and other piercings.

  • Shower or bathe to minimize the chance of infection.

  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing.

  • Remove nail polish, makeup, and contact lenses prior to your arrival. Please do not wear perfume or lotion.

Arrival 

  • Please arrive through the main entrance of Arrowpointe Medical Center. You will check in at the surgery center front desk, located in suite 104 on the 1st floor.

After Surgery

  • Specific home care instructions will be provided.

  • Do not drive, operate any machinery, drink alcohol, or make important decisions for 24 hours following surgery.

  • We suggest that someone stay with you overnight following surgery.

  • Please plan to have your prescriptions filled at your pharmacy.

  • The staff will be able to call your prescriptions to your pharmacy with the exception of some pain relief medication.

Follow-Up Call

  • You may receive a text message or a phone call after your surgery to ensure you feel well. Please feel free to ask any questions during this call.

Caregivers

  • Caregivers are free to leave during surgery; however, we do encourage caregivers to remain on-site during surgery because the surgeon, anesthesia team, or nurse may need to consult with you then.

  • Public Wi-Fi will be available for use in the lobby.
  • Complimentary coffee is available in the 1st floor lobby. There is also a self-checkout market on the 2nd floor available with some basic nutritional needs (snacks, drinks, sandwiches, and salads).

What to Expect the Day of Your Surgery:

Please enter the main doors of ArrowPointe Medical Center. Proceed down the hall to the left to find Arrowhead Surgery Center, suite 104. Please check in with the receptionist upon arrival.

Pre-Surgery

  • The pre-operative nurse will greet you in the lobby and bring you to your pre-op room.  You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and slipper socks. Your nurse will collect your belongings and place them in secure storage until after your procedure.

  • You will be asked to remove any contact lens, dentures, partials, jewelry, and hearing aids.

  • Your nurse will check your vital signs, review your medical history, medications, allergies, and the procedure you will be having. An IV will be started which will infuse fluids.

  • Hair clipping may be required with an electric razor

  • The surgical area will be cleansed with antimicrobial wipes to help reduce the risk of infection.

  • You will meet with your Surgeon to discuss the procedure and sign a surgical consent.

  • You will meet with your Nurse Anesthetist. After discussing the type of anesthesia provided, an anesthesia consent form will be signed.

  • Your family member or friend can remain with you in your pre-op room. When it is time for your surgery, they will be asked to wait in the lobby.  

  • Your Operating room nurse or the Nurse Anesthetist will be escorting you to the operating room. 

Operating Room

  • Once in the operating room, our team will call a “time out” to perform additional checks to ensure your safety. Once you have been positioned on the surgical table, your anesthetist will start providing your anesthesia. 

  • Your skin will be cleansed with an antimicrobial agent and shave if needed. All body areas will be draped except the area that will be operated on. 

  • Your Nurse Anesthetist will be at the head of your bed the entire time and your Surgeon will guide the team through the operation.

Your operating care team may consist of:
  • Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Surgical Assistants
  • Surgical Technicians

Updates For Family & Friends

  • Your family member or friend will receive live updates via texts when you have left the operating room and entered the recovery phase. 

  • The Surgeon will provide an update to family or friends when the surgery is complete. 

Post-Surgery (Recovery)

  • Once the surgery is complete, your OR Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist will bring you to your post-op room via stretcher. 

  • You will be continuously monitored by your nurse. Vital signs will be checked frequently. 

  • Beverages and snacks will be provided once you’ve awoken. 

  • Nausea can be common after surgery due to the medications given in the operating room. Medications can be given to help alleviate nausea or discomfort. 

  • When you are ready to leave Arrowhead Surgery Center, the RN will review (with you and your family member or friend) any discharge instructions regarding medications, diet, surgical dressings, and follow-up appointments. All instructions will be provided in writing along with contact phone numbers should you have any questions or concerns after discharge. 

  • Your Surgeon will send prescriptions to the pharmacy of your choice.  

  • Due to anesthesia, you may not remember the specifics of your discharge instructions. We encourage you to review these instructions again with your family member or friend who accompanied you to surgery. 

  • Your driver will be asked to pull the vehicle around to the Northwest side of the building, and a staff member will assist you.