Before the day of your surgery, log onto One Medical Passport and complete the online medical history. A health history nurse will call you prior to your surgery to review the information about your health to expedite your admission process. The nurse will review special instructions and answer any questions you have. If you have not received a call by 12:00 PM the day before your surgery or if you have additional questions, please call us at (336) 272-0012 and press 3.
It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.
It is your responsibility to arrange in advance for a responsible adult (18 years or older) to drive you home and remain with you the first 24 hours after surgery or your surgery may be postponed. You cannot drive yourself or be left alone.
Food and Drink:
Adults should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the evening prior to surgery.
Children may have clear fluids only up to four hours prior to surgery (clear fluids include Gatorade, water, plain tea, apple juice, ginger ale and pedialyte only!) Milk or breast milk are not clear liquids and should not be given.
Makeup, Lotions and Nail Polish: Do not wear makeup, lotions, cologne/aftershave/perfume or nail polish. If you are having hand surgery, please do not wear nail polish or acrylic nails.
Jewelry: (including body jewelry) For your safety, please remove all jewelry including body piercings, before surgery.
Clothing: Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings. We suggest you bring shorts if having knee surgery.
Valuables: Please leave valuables at home. But do bring your personal identification, insurance card(s) and method of payment for any copayments due.
Notify the Center & Your Surgeon If:
- You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
- You suspect you may be pregnant.
- If you are taking prescription or over-the-counter diet medication, “fat burners”, nutritional supplements and/or herbal medications, you must stop these two weeks prior to your surgery.
- People taking blood thinners should consult with their surgeon immediately and omit aspirin, Warfarin or Coumadin, only according to your surgeon’s instructions.
- If you cannot list your medications or do not know what they are, please bring them with you.
What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:
- Your surgery time is approximate and depends on your surgeon’s schedule. You must be available by phone starting at 6:00am on the day of your surgery. Your surgery may be earlier or later than originally scheduled. If you do not hear from us, please come at your scheduled time.
- Information To Bring: Completed medical history form (if given) and your medication list, insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses and copayments.
- Driver: You must plan to have a responsible adult (18 years or older) drive you home regardless of the type of anesthesia you receive. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
- Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST remain in the building throughout your stay and remain with you for 24 hours following surgery If they need to exit to the parking lot, a cell phone number must be left with front desk personnel.
- Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults. Proof of legal guardianship is required if a parent is not present to sign the consent to surgery form.
- Bathe or Shower before surgery. You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water.
- Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
- Interpreter: If the patient cannot speak English or requires the use of sign language, interpretation services will be provided.
- You may take all your medications the morning of surgery with a small sip of water. Do not take diet or diabetic medications.
- Diabetic patients: Please do not take your diabetic medications (pills and/or insulin) the morning of surgery. We will check your blood sugar the morning of surgery and treat you accordingly. If you are hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) the morning of surgery, you may take a small amount of clear liquids (apple juice or ginger ale)
- You may omit diuretics (fluid pills) the morning of your surgery if you are having eye surgery.
- If you use an inhaler regularly or on an as-needed basis, please use it as you normally would and bring it with you.