- Please complete as much of the following forms prior to coming to the Surgery Center for your Pre‐Op appointment. You can either bring them with you for your Pre‐Op appointment or you can fax the paperwork to (904) 209‐1401. If you have any questions please call (904) 209-1400.
- Remember that you MUST arrange for transportation and someone to stay with you after your procedure. We cannot allow patients who have received anesthesia to go home with COA or in a taxi unaccompanied.
- Ask your Primary Care Physician and/or Cardiologist to send clearances and test results as quickly as possible to the Surgery Center. Our fax number is (904) 209‐1402.
- Please have friends and family members bring a jacket or light sweater. The waiting area tends to be cool.
- If you are receiving general anesthesia and use a BIPAP or CPAP machine. Please bring your machine with you on the day of surgery.
One of our patient account representatives will contact you prior to your procedure. They will collect necessary insurance coverage information to expedite the registration process for you. If you have not heard from them within 48 hours of your procedure, please call us at (904) 209-1400 and request someone to assist you in providing you with this information.
We will file your health insurance for the coverage of the routine equipment, supplies, pre-procedural services, procedural room time, recovery charges and routine medications including anesthetics that will be administered while in the center.
Standard outpatient procedures are typically covered by your medical insurance. You may be asked for a partial payment upon admission to the center, dependent upon your insurance coverage. (We make every effort to advise you of this amount prior to your admission.) Full payment for the deductible and copayment, if applicable, is required upon admission.
- All patients must have a current, valid insurance card with them at the time of admission, as well as photo identification
- VISA, MASTERCARD and most major credit cards are accepted
- We also accept personal checks, cash, cashier’s checks and money orders.
You will be billed separately for services from your physician, anesthesiologist, pathologist and any radiological or laboratory services received.
If you have any questions regarding any of the preceding information, please do not hesitate to call us at (904) 209-1400
Preparation for Your Procedure
- DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER 10:00 P.M. BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE. This is imperative, and failure to do so will result in complications and may result in postponement of your procedure
- If you are taking medications for diabetes, heart or blood pressure, contact your physician or discuss this with one of our nursing staff to ensure proper instructions on taking or discontinuing the medication
- If you experience any health changes between your recent visit to your doctor and the day of your procedure, notify your doctor. Please report even minor changes such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold
- If you suspect that you are pregnant, please notify your doctor
- For your own safety and protection, you will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle after your procedure
- Please make arrangements to have someone bring you and escort you home from the center. This includes pain management procedures. You may also need to have someone with you overnight depending on the procedure you are having done
Day of Procedure
- Bathe or shower and brush your teeth the morning of your procedure. Mascara, make-up, lipstick, nail polish, and contact lenses should be removed
- Dress comfortably. Tight-fitting clothing may feel restrictive following some procedures, and sensible shoes allow for easier walking following anesthesia. Please leave all valuables at home including jewelry, wallets and purses. (BUT, DON’T FORGET YOUR INSURANCE CARDS AND PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.)
- Limit the number of people accompanying you. We request only one to maximize the comfort of everyone waiting
- Refrain from smoking after 6:00 p.m. the day before your surgery
After Your Procedure
Following your procedure, you will be moved to a fully equipped recovery area. There, our anesthesia and nursing staff will closely monitor you. The length of stay varies, and most patients are discharged within one to three hours.
After You Return Home
We will provide you with your physician’s instructions regarding diet, activity level and medications. The center will provide you with a written summary of these instructions.
Please have someone stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure, and pamper yourself during this time. Since it is normal to feel drowsy after receiving anesthetic medications, we also recommend that you postpone the following activities after discharge:
- Driving and operating any equipment
- Signing important documents
- Making significant decisions
- Drinking alcoholic beverages