and the surgeon have determined the best course of treatment for
your condition, and your surgery has been scheduled, or will be
soon. This general information will be helpful in preparing for
your surgery. While your experience will be dependent on the hospital
and the procedure you are having, North Valley Surgical Associates
would like to inform you of the following:
Valley surgical Associates will inform you if your surgeon has ordered
pre-surgical testing. Testing may include chest x-rays and laboratory
studies and generally takes place at the hospital where your surgery
is scheduled. You will be informed if testing should be done the
day of surgery or a day or more prior to your procedure. Please
take your insurance card and driver's license with you. If you do
not have insurance, you should be prepared to pay for tests by cash
or credit card.
Night Before Surgery
office staff, or the hospital pre-surgical staff, will probably
instruct you to not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to
your surgery. This includes vitamins, gum, juice, water, etc. If
you are taking any prescription medication, please check with your
physician; you may need to adjust your medication schedule. (Please
note: heart and blood pressure medications may be taken with a small
amount of water.) Patients having only local anesthesia may be permitted
a light breakfast prior to their procedure. Your
physician will inform you if your are permitted to eat. Get
to bed early and get a good night's sleep.
Morning of Surgery
you are having general anesthesia, do not eat or drink anything!
When you brush your teeth, be certain not to swallow. Your stomach
must be completely empty prior to surgery, or your procedure may
need to be rescheduled.
should dress in casual, loose fitting street clothes. Your shoes
should have low heels for safe walking. Babies and children may
wear pajamas. Do not apply any make-up or hair spray. Please remove
nail polish and mascara. Valuables should be left at home. Please
do not wear any jewelry. A responsible adult must accompany you
on discharge. In most cases, you may not drive yourself home!
A parent or legal guardian must accompany children under 17 years
you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever or flu, please notify
your surgeon immediately. Your procedure may need to be postponed.
When you come to the hospital, be sure to bring:
insurance card(s), (Medicare card, if applicable) including
any supplemental insurance information you may have.
such as driver's license or employee ID card.
you don't have insurance, you can make a deposit by cash, check,
MasterCard or Visa.
your own safety, please be certain that a responsible adult drives
you home after surgery. If you are unable to provide your own transportation,
please contact our office for a list of transportation providers.
Since it is not unusual to feel slightly sleepy or dizzy after receiving
anesthesia or sedation, we recommend you do not drive, make important
decisions or use power tools for 24 hours after discharge. Plenty
of rest is helpful for a speedy recovery. If the patient is a child,
please try to arrange to have two adults accompany the child home.
hospital will provide you with a discharge instruction sheet that
will tell you now to care for yourself at home.
you do not receive discharge instructions from the hospital,
call North Valley Surgical Associates.
will be informed if you need to have someone at home with you
during the first 24 hours after surgery.
alcoholic beverages, tranquilizers or sedatives should be taken
without your physician's order
your physician's instructions about rest, medication and diet.
you have an incision, be certain to care for the wound site
according to the instructions given to you at the hospital.
North Valley Surgical Associates if any of the following occur:
fever, swelling, increasing pain, redness around the incision
North Valley Surgical Associates to schedule a follow-up appointment,
generally within seven to ten days.
you have any problems, contact North Valley Surgical Associates.
A physician is on call 24 hours a day.
The material on this website is presented for information only.
If you have concerns about your health, consult your personal physician.