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If your physician orders lab tests, prior to surgery this can be performed here at AOC as we have an on site satellite Laboratory. The Surgery Center will contact you to inform you of the time to arrive the day of surgery.
We recommend that you do not smoke or consume alcohol for at least 48 hours prior to surgery. Surgery patients must have nothing to eat or drink past mid-night on the night before surgery. The Pre-Admissions Nurse from the facility will provide you with instructions on which medications you are allowed to take immediately before your surgery. If instructed to take any medications they are to be consumed with only a sip of water.
It is necessary to make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home, and ideally to stay with you the first night following your surgery. The facility will not release you to drive yourself home.
If you suspect that you are pregnant, please notify your physician and anesthesia personnel. A pregnancy test will be performed on all women of childbearing age prior to surgery. Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to the developing fetus. If you experience any health changes between your last visit to your physician and the time of your procedure, please notify your physician immediately. Please report even minor changes, such as an elevated temperature, cold, or cough.
After your surgical procedure has been performed, you will be moved to our fully-equipped, post anesthesia care unit, where you will be closely monitored by the anesthesiologist and the recovery nurses until you are deemed ready to go home. Although the length of stay in the post-anesthesia care unit varies according to the type of procedure that was performed and your physician’s instructions, most patients are discharged within one hour following surgery.
Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, exercise, and medications. The Facility will provide you with a written copy of these instructions. The Anesthesia Department will discharge you when they are confident you are in stable condition. You may experience sleepiness, dizziness, or nausea. These are normal side effects, and may continue for 12 to 24 hours.
As it is normal to feel drowsy after receiving an anesthetic, we also recommend that you postpone the following activities for at least 24 hours after discharge:
The day following your surgery or discharge from the hospital one of the facilities nurses will call you to check on your progress and answer any questions you may have.
There may be additional charges for special or extraordinary items not included in this predetermined fee. The Facility fee does not include the surgeon, anesthesiologist, radiology, pathology, or laboratory fees. These entities will be billing you separately.
Our Center will bill your insurance company as a courtesy, however, the balance due is ultimately the responsibility of the patient, and will be requested from you if your insurance company does not pay within 60 days
Most outpatient procedures performed in our facility are covered in whole or in part by medical insurance. You may be required to pay a deductible or co-pay as required by your insurance. Full payment is expected at the time of admission for non-covered procedures and for patients without medical insurance. Our Center accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or personal checks (with a picture ID). Please note there is a $35.00 fee for insufficient funds checks returned to the facility.
If you are visiting our Center with a patient, you may stay with the patient in the pre-operative waiting area once the patient has been prepared for surgery. During surgery, we ask that you remain in the waiting room until the Surgeon has spoken with you. You may rejoin the patient after surgery in the Recovery Area.