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Outpatient/Same-Day Surgery

Many of the procedures we perform every day at the CHN Surgical Services Center are on an Outpatient Basis, meaning patients are discharged to their homes the same day as the surgery. The Surgical Center offers a comfortable reception area and generous amenities for family and guests to relax while your procedure is being performed. Our private pre-operative and post-operative spaces and tranquil recovery areas make the process relaxing and easy on you.

Outpatient Checklist

Please follow these instructions for Outpatient Surgery unless your physician has indicated otherwise. If your physician has given you different instructions, please follow his/her directions.

Before surgery:

  • Check your insurance coverage — make sure you bring all your insurance cards with you to the hospital.
  • Make sure that all pre-admission tests ordered by your physician are completed one to seven days before surgery date.
  • Arrange for another adult to drive you home after your procedure
    — unless you are having local anesthesia without medication. Note. It is advised that you have someone available in case anesthesia is required.

24 hours before surgery:

  • Do not drink any alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid taking non-prescription medications, including herbal medications. (If non-prescription medications are taken, be sure to mention this to the nurse on the nursing unit at the time of admission.)
  • Avoid smoking — it interferes with your recovery from anesthesia.
  • Call your doctor if you have a fever, cold, flu, or if you do not feel well.

The evening before surgery:

  • Drink non-alcoholic beverages only.
  • Prepare personal articles and comfort items that you will need to bring with you to the hospital. Children may wish to bring a special toy, a blanket, and/or a book.

After midnight:

  • Do not eat or drink anything unless instructed to do so.
  • Brush your teeth in the morning, but do not swallow either water or toothpaste.
  • For children having Outpatient Surgery, do not allow them to brush their teeth in the morning, unless you can be certain they will not swallow the water or toothpaste.

The morning of your surgery:

  • Take prescription drugs only as indicated by your physician and/or registered nurse or Surgical Coordinator.
  • Remove nail polish.
  • Remove acrylic nails if operating on upper extremity.
  • Wear no face makeup.
  • Leave your jewelry and valuables at home. Remove body piercings.
  • Bring along inhalers and diabetic medication.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and sturdy, flat shoes. Children may want to bring their own pajamas.
  • Bring crutches, walker, CPAP or Bipap if applicable.
  • Bring along a responsible adult to drive you home.
  • Arrive at the hospital at the time you were instructed by the surgical coordinator.
  • If your surgery is scheduled later in the day, a nurse may instruct you regarding having clear liquids. Unless instructed otherwise directed by your physician, no food or liquids after midnight.
  • Meds that can be taken with a sip of water (ONLY if instructed by the surgical coordinator) :

a. Blood Pressure and Heart pills unless they have a diuretic action.

b. Steroid medications

c. Seizure medications

d. Parkinson medications

e. Thyroid medications

f. Proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Aciphex, Nexium, etc.)

g. H2 Blockers (Zantac, Tagamet, Axid)

h. Cholesterol medications

  • If you are having a cataract procedure, please remember to bring all eye drops with you.

Common Types of Clear Liquids (Clear liquids are any of the following) that are NOT COLORED red or purple:

  •  Fruit juice without pulp (apple or white grape)
  •  Water
  •  Clear beef or chicken broth
  •  Coffee or tea without milk or creamer
  •  Sports drinks
  •  Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks
  •  Jello and popsicles

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