Getting Ready for Surgery

Thank you for choosing Madison Surgery Center for your outpatient procedure. Our friendly, professional staff is experienced and attentive to the needs of our patients. We do all we can to provide an atmosphere that resembles a home rather than a hospital. Our warm environment and personal service help put patients at ease, as does our excellent record of safety and successful surgical outcomes.

 

Communication from Madison Surgery Center

 

A pre-admission nurse will call you up to seven days before your surgical procedure to provide you with instructions and to obtain admission information. This call will take about 15 minutes. Please feel free to ask the nurse any questions about your surgical procedure.

Please be prepared to answer questions about your medical history, allergies and current medications you are taking (both prescription as well as over-the-counter medications). You may not consider herbal supplements medication, but it is important to your health care providers to know about your use of herbals in order to provide you with the best care possible.

 

You will receive a second call the day before your procedure to confirm both your scheduled procedure time as well as arrival time. Your arrival time is determined by your physician’s schedule for the day, as well as to allow time to check in, meet with your physician and your anesthesia team (if applicable), and to have simple lab tests completed that may be requested. You will be asked to arrive one to two hours before your procedure is scheduled to begin.

 

If you have not received a confirmation call prior to 3pm the day before your procedure, please call Madison Surgery Center.

 

Interpreter Services

 

Madison Surgery Center is willing and can provide a professional medical interpreter at no cost to you. It is important for your health care to receive the services of a qualified professional interpreter.

 

Preparing for Your Procedure

 

Contact your physician prior to your procedure if:

  • You experience any changes in your health between your most recent visit to your physician and the day of your procedure, even minor ones like a temperature, cough or cold.
  • You suspect that you are pregnant. Anesthesia and medication may be harmful to the developing fetus.

After Midnight the Day of Your Procedure

 

Below are general directions to follow regarding eating and drinking any food or liquids before your procedure. These guidelines are based on the type of procedure and/or sedation you are intended to have at the Surgery Center. If you are unsure of the procedure or sedation for your procedure, please contact your physician’s office.

  • If you need further clarification or directions regarding the guidelines listed below, please contact Madison Surgery Center. Failure to follow these directions will result in the cancellation of your procedure for your safety.
  • No Food: No solid food, including gum, hard candies and cough drops.
  • Clear Liquids: Black coffee, apple juice, water, 7Up.

Patients having General Anesthesia, Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC), or Regional Blocks – No food after midnight.

All patients 3 years and older

No food or drink after midnight.

6 months to 3 years old

  • Formula/cow’s milk/breast milk may be given up to 6 hours prior to admission.
  • Clear liquids up to 3 hours prior to admission.

Infants up to 6 months

Breast milk or clear liquids may be given up to 4 hours prior to admission.

 

Cataract Patients having IV Sedation – All Patients – No food after midnight.

4 hours prior to admission time

Patient may have the following 3 liquids up to 4 hours prior to admission time.

  • Black coffee
  • Apple juice
  • Water

 

Interventional Pain Patients having IV Sedation

AM patients

No food after midnight and clear liquids up to 2 hours prior to admission time.

PM patients

No food up to 6 hours prior to admission time and clear liquids up to 2 hours prior to admission time.

 

Patients having Local and/or Surgeon-Supervised IV Sedation

Please contact you physician’s office for specific guidelines regarding food and liquid restrictions the day of your procedure.

 

The Morning of Your Procedure

  • Take a bath or shower and brush your teeth (taking care not to swallow any water) the morning of your procedure.
  • Remove all makeup, nail polish, jewelry, and contacts. If you must wear contacts, please bring your storage case for use during your procedure.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that can accommodate a bandage, cast, or other type of dressing where the procedure is being performed. Keep in mind that our center is always kept at a cooler temperature. During your procedure, you will wear a patient gown provided by the center.