About Your Surgery

Prior to Surgery:

A nurse will call you prior to your surgery to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process.
Follow these guidelines the day before your surgery to ensure that your operation goes smoothly.

  • It is your responsibility to arrange in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. You cannot drive yourself or be left alone.
  • Notify your physician before coming to the center if there is any change in your physical condition, such as cold or fever.
  • If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring a case for their safekeeping. We provide containers for hearing aides and dentures in the occasion they need to be removed.
  • Do not drink or eat anything after midnight, or 6am if your surgery is at 2 pm or later; not even coffee or water, unless instructed otherwise by the surgery center staff. This will reduce the possibility of nausea and vomiting following anesthesia. You may brush your teeth remembering not to swallow anything. Refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum or cigarettes. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery.
  • Please do not take any medication after midnight unless instructed by your physician or our office. If you are diabetic or on blood pressure or heart medication, obtain specific instructions from your physician or contact the center.
  • Pre-fill any prescriptions so you do not have to stop after your procedure.


What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, and interpreter is required. Please bring a family member or friend with you who can help interpret for you.

 

Insurance and Billing

Prior to your surgery date you will be notified by phone by NBSC of your estimated insurance coverage and any additional amount you will be required to pay. Please make arrangements to have funds or credit cards available on the day of admission to cover these required payments.
If you have specific questions about your benefit plan, deductibles or co-insurance, please call the member service telephone number on the back of your insurance card.
Our fee covers everything provided by the surgery center. Our fees do not cover the professional charges of your surgeon, your anesthesiologist or any laboratory services ordered by your surgeon. They will bill you separately from the surgery center for their services.


Day of Surgery

What you need to know for the Day of Surgery:
To help us meet all of your needs, please follow these guidelines:

  • Please bathe or shower prior to your surgery. Remove all makeup. Do not use lotions or oil on your face after bathing.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing such as sweat suits and easy-to-button shirts or blouses. Wear comfortable shoes, no high heals please.
  • Leave all valuables, including jewelry and cash at home. We cannot be responsible for damaged or lost property.
  • Be prepared to sign a form giving your consent for the operation. If the patient is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the patient and sign the consent form.
  • Please arrive promptly at your designated time.
  • A nurse will provide you with a patient gown and a place to store your clothing. We will also check your temperature, blood pressure and pulse, insert an IV and instill eye drops prior to surgery.
  • Your family will be asked to wait in the front lobby until you are in recovery. Your family may stay with you until discharge.


Checklist of items to bring:

  • Photo I.D. or drivers license
  • Insurance Information
  • Cash, check or credit card for co-payments or deductible
  • Completed Health History Questionnaire and Patient Notification and Acknowledgement forms given to you by you doctors office
  • Advance Healthcare Directive, if available


After Surgery

It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, lightheaded or dizzy for several hours after your operation. Do not sign any important papers or make any significant decisions for at least 24 hours.
If you have any questions or problems after surgery, please contact your doctor.
A nurse from Newport bay Surgery Center will phone you a day or two after your surgery to see how you are and answer any additional questions you might have.
Do not drive a car, drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery or cook for 24 hours after surgery.


Anesthesia

The plan for anesthesia care will be discussed with you at your surgeon’s office prior to surgery.

Most patients will receive Monitored Anesthesia Care which is a light sedative often referred to as Twilight sleep. You will be awake and able to follow instructions but will not feel any pain. The sedatives will cause you to “forget” so don’t be surprised if you do not remember surgery or coming out of surgery. For this reason it is important to have a friend or family member with you who can also listen to the discharge instructions.  

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