Preparing for Surgery

We realize that even elective surgery can create anxiety. This information addresses the most frequently asked questions regarding outpatient or same day surgery. Please pay close attention to these instructions to help ensure your comfort and reduce the possibility of complications. If you have additional questions or concerns, please call us at (423) 698-6871.

A pre-testing nurse will contact you several days prior to your surgery. Once your surgery is scheduled, please go online to complete your medical history information. Click here to register online with One Medical Passport. For patients without internet access, a pre-testing nurse will contact you to obtain this information. The anesthesiologist and your surgeon will determine if any lab work/EKG or chest x-ray is necessary. The pre-testing nurse will arrange this with you.

On the day of surgery, please arrive at your designated time. This time will be confirmed the day before your surgery. Please remember to bring your photo ID and insurance card. Patients under age 18 must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian, who will be required to sign the operative permit.

A nurse will provide you with a gown, slippers and bag to store your personal items when you are escorted to the pre-operative area. Please leave all jewelry, glasses unless needed to read, and expensive items with family.

Our team will check your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and ask you to use the bathroom before surgery. Females may be required to take a urine pregnancy test. Your pre-testing nurse will also advise you on what medications to take prior to arrival.

Due to limited parking and lobby space, we ask that you limit the number of family members for your procedure.

Both parents may stay with their child in the pre-operative area before surgery and in the recovery are following surgery. Feel free to bring their favorite stuffed animal or security blanket. A parent or legal guardian must remain at the facility while their child is under our care. All anesthesia providers, recovery and nursing staff are PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certified.

After surgery, you’ll be moved to recovery, where you’ll be under close observation by the anesthesiologist and our recovery room nurses. Your doctor will talk with a family member/friend after surgery. It’s important for this person to remain available by phone. Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions along with a written summary of those instructions.

Please postpone the following for 24 hours if you’ve had anesthesia or pain medications:

  • Driving or operating equipment
  • Signing important papers
  • Making important decisions
  • Drinking alcohol

Patients should arrange for transportation home before surgery. You CAN NOT drive yourself if you’ve had anesthesia or pain medications. An adult must be with you for 24 hours post procedure. You must have a responsible adult, over the age of 18, drive you home.

For questions regarding anesthesia, please call American Anesthesiology at (423) 698-3309.