Preparing For Surgery FAQ

Will someone contact me before surgery?

Yes. The Pre-Operative Call Nurse will call each patient 3 to 7 days before the surgery to go over your health history, to tell you what medications to take to answer your questions and to give you pre-operative instructions. If you miss our call, call the Pre-Op Call Nurse at 496-8934 between the hours of 7:30am and 3:30pm or call the main number at 496-6400 and ask for the Pre-Op Call Nurse. It is imperative that we speak with you prior to the day of your surgery. If we do not speak with you, your surgery may be postponed.

What should I wear to the surgery center?

Please wear comfortable clothing. Button-down shirts or blouses are best. Wear comfortable shoes. Leave all jewelry, including all body piercing jewelry, at home. If you wear contact lenses, you will need to remove them before surgery, so bring your contact case or a pair of glasses instead. Please do not wear any make up and remove all body piercings.

What should I bring with me to the surgery center?

Please bring your insurance card, a picture ID and the method of payment for your co-pay/payment that is due prior to surgery. Do not bring jewelry or other valuables to the surgery center. Children are encouraged to bring a favorite toy or stuffed animal to help comfort them.

Should I take my medicines before surgery?

The Pre-Op Call Nurse will go over your medications with you and instruct you about which ones to take. Please ask your surgeon when and if you should stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen and any blood thinning medications.

Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication as we will advise you about stopping these medicines as well.

What time should I get to the surgery center?

You will be advised by either the Pre-Op Call Nurse or your surgeon’s office about your arrival time. We ask you to come up to 2 hours before your scheduled surgery to allow plenty of time to prepare you for surgery.

Who may come with me to the surgery center?

You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person will be allowed to be in your room with you before surgery and may sit with you after the surgery if you so choose.

When a patient is a child often two parents and/or guardians will accompany him or her to the Center. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, however, one parent and/or guardian will be permitted into the recovery room at a time.

Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.

What should I do if I am not feeling well the day before or day of surgery?

Call your surgeon if you have questions about or any changes in your health. You should call even if you have just a scratchy throat.

What should I do if I think I am pregnant?

It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. Only essential surgery is done on pregnant patients. If there is any doubt please contact us immediately.

Why do I have to stop eating and drinking before surgery?

You do no eat nor drink prior to surgery in order to empty your stomach to limit the risk of stomach contents getting into your lungs during your surgery. This complication is very serious and we require patients to strictly abide by this rule. You will be given very clear instruction from the pre-op nurse as to what time you must stop eating and drinking. If you have eaten or had something to drink before surgery, your procedure may very likely be cancelled.

If you have questions about your child who is having surgery please see “Your Child and Surgery

May I drive home?

Patients who receive anesthesia should not drive a car until the day after surgery. Anyone who receives sedation must have a ride home. Occasionally, patients who have only local anesthesia   may be allowed by their surgeon to drive home. This must be determined by the surgeon prior to discharge.

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Virginia Beach Ambulatory Surgery Center
1700 Will-O-Wisp Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
757-496-6400
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