Day before Surgery

You will be receiving anesthesia and/or sedation therefore; you must not eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before your surgery. Please refrain from vigorous physical workouts 24 hours prior to surgery. Additionally, you must arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home. You will also need to have someone with you at home for the first 24 hours after your surgery.

Morning of Surgery

Do not eat or drink anything, including water, mints or gum, after midnight or on the morning of your surgery, unless you receive different instructions from your physician or surgery center nurse. Your surgery may be cancelled if you eat or drink anything after midnight. The anesthesiologist recommends NO smoking at least 24 hours prior to surgery.
Please shower or bathe the night before or the morning of your surgery. You may brush your teeth or gargle the morning of surgery, but do not swallow any water, or mouthwash or any other liquid.
Any lab work required for your procedure must be completed before you arrive for surgery. Please bring completed/signed Pre-Operative Questionnaire forms, your insurance card, picture ID, and a copy of your Advance Directive (optional) with you. Please be prepared to pay your co-pay the day of surgery. We accept Visa, MasterCard, checks or cash.

Day of Surgery

If you routinely take prescribed medications in the morning for heart disease or high blood pressure, please take them with a small sip of water, unless you receive different instructions from your physician or surgery center nurse. If you are an insulin-dependent diabetic, you may be instructed not to take your dose of insulin that morning. Other medications may be taken when you get home

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can my visitors stay during my surgery?
Visitors may wait in the surgery center waiting room.

How long will I be at The Well Medical Center?
The nurse will give you an estimate of how long you will be at the surgery center. Most patients are discharged one and a half hours after surgery.

How will I know what to do after my surgery?
You will receive verbal and written instructions about your care before being discharged. You will also receive a phone call from a surgery center nurse after your surgery to discuss your progress.

What if I am not able to go home after surgery?
Occasionally patients develop unexpected complications during their stay. If an admission to the hospital is deemed necessary, the surgery center will make arrangements for your admission.

Important Reminders

● Our staff can answer questions about insurance coverage, pre-certification and payment for your surgery. Feel free to call.
● A nurse will call you about your health history prior to surgery. If the nurse has not been able to reach you before surgery, please call the surgery center before 4pm for any additional instructions.
● Please notify the surgery center if you have any changes in your physical condition such as a cold or fever. Notify your doctor as well.
● Please have your prescribed post-operative medications filled prior to your surgery day.
● Do not wear make-up or jewelry to surgery. Leave all valuables at home. Wear casual, nonrestrictive clothing and socks. If you wear contact lenses, bring a case or wear glasses.
● Notify Nurse & Anesthesiologist of any dental bridge work, caps, dentures or temporary crowns.
● Arrive at Surgery Center 1 hr. prior to surgery