How To Prepare For Surgery
Before Your Surgery
- Sometime before your surgery date, a staff member from Surgery Center of Northeast Texas will call you to confirm your surgery time. They will ask you questions regarding current or past medical conditions, allergies and medications you are taking. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have, and be sure to let the staff know of any special needs.
- The Surgery Center of Northeast Texas staff will also call you regarding your financial responsibilities.
- Your doctor or the Surgery Center of Northeast Texas nurse will instruct you as to WHAT TIME YOU ARE TO STOP EATING AND DRINKING prior to surgery. This is very important to your safety during your surgery. Specific individual instructions from the physician’s office will be given to you before you come to the center.
- If you take medication for any conditions, ask your doctor and/or the Surgery Center of Northeast Texas nurse.
- Leave all valuables at home, including watches, rings, jewelry and wallets. We are not responsible for lost items. Bring your glasses and hearing aids with you (if applicable).
- Bring your insurance card, driver’s license and method of payment if applicable. Bring your Advanced Directive paperwork (if applicable).
- Please notify your surgeon of any change in your health, such as a cold, fever or sore throat.
- For your safety, please arrange to have a responsible adult drive you to and from your procedure. The medications you receive will have sedative effects that slow your reflexes. You will not be able to drive the rest of the day, and should arrange to have a responsible party remain with you for 24 hours after the procedure. If you do not have someone with you, your procedure will be rescheduled.
If you have any questions, please call us at (903) 792-2108.
Day of Surgery
- Arrive promptly at the time instructed during your pre-surgery call. This will allow adequate time for all necessary admission procedures.
- Please bring your insurance identification cards and photo ID. If special financial arrangements are necessary, please call the Surgery Center of Northeast Texas prior to admission.
- Forms will be available for completion upon arrival. All patients are asked to review and sign Admission Forms before their procedure to authorize the physician to perform it.
- Be sure to bring any paperwork your doctor gave you, such as test results, x-ray films or your medical history, and a list of medications you are taking.
- Upon arrival, you will change into a hospital gown which we provide. You will be asked to remove contact lenses, dentures, jewelry and any prosthesis.
- Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will speak with you and answer any final questions you may have at this time.
- An IV may be started so that we may give you intravenous medication. This medication will help you to relax and feel more comfortable.
- Please bring only one visitor with you. Your responsible party may wait in our waiting room. Bringing children to facility is discouraged. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed.
In the Recovery Area
- After surgery, you will be moved to the Recovery Area where you will be closely monitored until you are ready to go home. The physician will review his/her findings and will give you verbal and written discharge instructions particular to your procedure/surgery.
- Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for care while recovering at home. In the event of difficulty, please call your surgeon.
- For the first 24 hours following surgery, do not engage in strenuous activities, do not drink any alcoholic beverages, drive, operate machinery, or make any critical decisions.
- Ensure you are accompanied by a responsible party for 24 hours post-procedure. The physician’s office will contact you regarding any pathology results from your procedure, if applicable.
- If at any time at home you feel difficulty breathing, chest pain, excessive bleeding or vomiting, go to the emergency room or call 911.
- A nurse from the Surgery Center of Northeast Texas will call you within a day or two to evaluate how you are recovering at home.
- You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the care you received. Your comments will enable us to continue to improve our services.