Patient Instructions - West Bend Surgery Center
Prior to Surgery
Notify your physician immediately if there is any change in your physical condition, such as a cold or fever.
Staff will contact you for a pre-op phone call up to three days prior to your surgery. If you have not spoken with a nurse from the Surgery Center, please contact us at 262-306-6381 by 3:30 p.m. the day before your surgery to review the following instructions:
Eating & drinking. The night before surgery, eat a regular meal, unless otherwise directed by your physician. After midnight, DO NOT eat or drink anything, including gum, mints, water, etc. You may take a small sip of water with any medications your physician has instructed you to take the morning of your procedure. You should not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours prior to your surgery. You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water or toothpaste.
Medications you are currently taking. The nurse will inform you if your physician recommends that you take any regular medication(s) the morning of surgery. Please make sure you have the names of all of your medications available at the time of the pre-op phone call. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, herbal supplements, vitamins or other non-prescription medications also need to be reported to the nurse/physician. Please let your physician know in advance if you take aspirin or Ibuprofen regularly. If you were not contacted by Surgery Center staff by phone prior to your surgery, please bring a list of all your medications and their dosages with you to the Surgery Center.
Prescriptions you will need after surgery. If your physician has given you a prescription to be taken after your surgery, have the prescription filled before coming to the Surgery Center.
Crutches. The Surgery Center does not provide crutches or crutch training. Check with your physician in advance if you believe crutches may be needed after surgery. Your physician can arrange for crutch training prior to your surgery through the West Bend Health Center Physical Therapy department.
Responsible Person. You will need to arrange for a responsible person (family member or friend) to:
- Accompany you to the Surgery Center.
- Drive you home.
- Remain with you for 24 hours after your surgery.
Medications that are given during your procedure can take up to 24 hours to wear off, so it is important that someone accompanies you to the Surgery Center. Please encourage this person to remain at the Surgery Center while you are having surgery in case your physician needs to speak to him/her.
Your surgery will be canceled if you do not have someone accompany you and drive you home. In the case of LOCAL ANESTHESIA, you are allowed to drive yourself home if no one is available to accompany you, if authorized by your surgeon.
Insurance. We suggest that you contact your insurance company prior to surgery to verify coverage and any plan limitations. The day of your surgery, you will need to bring your insurance card along with your social security number or card, and present to the receptionist for verification and to ensure proper billing. Even though you may have previously provided your insurance information to the West Bend Health Center, all insurance coverage must be collected by the Surgery Center as well.
Day of Surgery
Arrival time. Please arrive promptly for your appointment. The nurse who contacts you before surgery will confirm your arrival time. Times are subject to change due to the nature of the surgical process. Because of this we ask that you please be flexible and keep the entire day open for any possible changes. Please provide us with an alternative phone number if you will not be home the day of surgery. The nurse will make every attempt to notify you of any changes in the scheduled time as soon as possible.
Clothing and other personal items. We suggest you wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes. Choose clothing that is easy to put on after surgery, keeping in mind where your surgical dressing may be. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring your case with you. We will provide containers for any removable dentures or bridgework. All jewelry must be removed before surgery. We encourage you to leave jewelry and valuables at home.
Bathing. Please bathe or shower at home before surgery and do not apply lotions or cosmetics.
Consents. You will be asked to sign a form giving your consent for surgery, unless you signed one at your physician's office. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you and sign the consent form.
Anesthesia. Your physician will inform you if you will require an anesthesia provider to assist with your care at the Surgery Center. The anesthesia provider will attempt to contact you by phone prior to your surgery to determine the type of anesthesia best suited for your specific needs. Feel free to discuss any family history or concerns with your provider.
Recovery. After your surgery, you will go to the recovery room where the nursing staff will monitor and evaluate your condition. The individual who accompanied you to the Surgery Center can join you in the recovery area as soon as possible. The nurses will provide or review instructions for your care at home if this has not been done prior to surgery. Effective post-operative pain and nausea control is an important part of your care at the Surgery Center. Although some post-operative discomfort is normal, we encourage you to discuss any persistent pain or nausea with the nurses, or after discharge, with your physician.
After Surgery - Your Return Home
Recovery. After you return home, be sure to follow the instructions your surgeon and the nurse gave you regarding diet, rest and medications.
Eating & drinking. It is best to start with liquids and light foods (jello or soup) and progress to your normal diet as tolerated or as directed by your surgeon. Do not consume alcoholic beverages or drive for 24 hours after anesthesia, or while taking pain medications.
Anesthesia. If you had anesthesia/sedation, it is not unusual to feel a little sleepy or a little dizzy for up to 24 hours after your surgery. Do not make important personal or business decisions, drive or operate heavy machinery for that period of time.
Post-operative phone call. Your nurse from the Surgery Center will arrange a time for a post-operative phone call to discuss your recovery at home and answer questions you may have.
Caring for Children
At the Surgery Center, providers meet the extra special needs of children by creating a relaxed, comfortable environment. Infants and small children are encouraged to bring along one favorite toy or blanket to make them feel more at home. If your child uses a sippy cup or bottle, please bring one along with you, so it is available after the procedure in the discharge area.
Prior to Your Child’s Visit. Notify your physician if there is any change in your child's condition, such as cold, fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea or if he/she has been exposed to any infectious diseases.
Parents are encouraged to discuss the surgery with their child to help alleviate unnecessary stress. Children tolerate surgery and anesthesia better when they are prepared. Parents can stay with their child until surgery and rejoin them afterward as soon as possible. A parent or guardian’s presence within the Surgery Center is required during the child’s entire stay. On the way home, it is recommended that one adult drives the car while another adult cares for the child.
Tours of the West Bend Surgery Center are available for you and your child before surgery. Please call 262-306-6381 to arrange a time for a tour.
Eating & drinking. Children of different ages digest foods at different rates. For this reason, it is necessary to follow the guidelines from your anesthesia provider as to when your child may eat or drink before surgery. If the anesthesia provider was unable to reach you before surgery, follow the instructions below to determine when your child may eat or drink prior to surgery.
Eight Years-Old and Younger. Infants and children through eight years old may have clear liquids up to six hours prior to their arrival time. No other liquids, formula or food should be given after midnight. Clear liquids are liquids you can see through, such as apple juice, water, 7-Up or popsicles.
Over Age 8. Children over the age of eight may have clear liquids up to eight hours prior to their arrival time. No other liquids or food should be given after midnight. Clear liquids are liquids you can see through such as apple juice, water, 7-Up or popsicles.