Pre-op Screening

prepare-rvA pre-op screening nurse will contact you within a week before your scheduled procedure. The nurse will perform a thorough assessment of your medical and surgical history, including any issues with anesthesia. We will also document all of your current medications. (Please have them readily available.) The nurse will confirm your arrival time and answer any questions you may have.

Your doctor or our nurse will discuss the specifics of your medications and supplements, and give you instructions about what to take and not to take. If you have been instructed by our nurse to take your morning medications, take them with only a sip of water.

You must arrange to have a responsible adult drive you to the center and home after surgery. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home after discharge since you will be affected by the anesthesia and pain medications. A taxi is only permissible if you are also accompanied by a responsible adult, and public transportation is not permitted. A parent or guardian must accompany a patient under 18. Arrange to have a responsible adult stay with you when you are discharged to home and through the night to monitor your recovery.

We will need you to complete a Pre-Anesthesia Questionnaire provided to you by your surgeon,
or click on the link below.

On the Day of Surgery

blog-rvAll patients are to refrain from taking anything by mouth (NPO) prior to surgery. Liquids or food in the stomach can cause serious (even fatal) respiratory complications. Actual NPO instructions are specific to the age of the patient, and will be reviewed with you during your pre-op assessment.

  • Dress for comfort and security. Wear loose fitting clothing that is easily removed and foldable. Wear flat shoes that are easy to put on and remove.
  • For patients having a procedure on their legs or feet, wear closed shoes, no flip-flops or slip-on shoes.
  • Do not wear contact lenses. Wear glasses, hearing aids and dentures, and bring their storage cases.
  • Do not wear jewelry or piercings as they can cause skin irritations when exposed to equipment in the surgery room.
  • Do not wear makeup, especially mascara because it can cause particles to become trapped in the eye.
  • Leave valuables at home (please bring your insurance card and photo ID).
  • For pediatric patients, bring a comfort blanket or soft toy.
  • Bring a list of all your medications or supplements.
  • Bring all pre-surgery documents.