Before Your Surgery
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before your surgery. This includes water and gum. If it is necessary for you to take medication by the direction of your physician please do so with only a sip of water.
- Please arrange for a responsible person to drive you home after surgery or accompany you home. You will not be allowed to leave alone and unattended.
- Stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications at least 72 hours prior to surgery. Notify your physician if you are taking any blood thinners.
- Notify your physician if you develop a cold, fever runny nose, cough, diarrhea, etc.
Day of Surgery
- Please arrive an hour before your surgery.
- Please bring your insurance card and method of payment for any monies due at the time of service. We accept cash, check, and credit card-Master Card, Visa, and American Express.
- Please bathe or shower prior to surgery with soap and water. Remove any make-up, nail polish, lotions and oils.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing for easy dressing after surgery. Please leave all valuables at home.
After Your Surgery
- It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, lightheaded or dizzy several hours after surgery.
- Do not drive, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or operate machinery for 24 hours.
- Your surgeon will prescribe pain relief medication, as needed, for at-home use following surgery.
- You will be given post-operative instructions. The nurses will review these with you and answer any questions.
- We will send you a survey in the mail following your surgery. Please take a moment to fill this out and return it to the center. We appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have regarding your experience at Pacific Heights Surgery Center
Dressing Changes and Wound Care Management
After your surgery you will be provided specific discharge instructions for your incision area. We are happy to go over this with you prior to your discharge and during your follow up call the next day. Please follow these instructions explicitly.
Signs and Symptoms of Infection
While your specific dressing change instructions will be provided by your surgeon after your surgery, please be aware of the signs and symptoms of infection.
- Redness at the incision site
- Pus at the incision site
- Odor at the incision site
- Fever over 100 degrees F
- increased pain
Beware of Blood Clots
Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) are very rare but can occur after surgery. You are at an increased risk if you have had one in the past, are having surgery on a lower extremity, and are overweight. Signs and Symptoms include:
- redness of the calf
- warmth of the calf
- pain unrelated to the surgery site
- shortness of breath and sweating, though not exerting yourself