Patient Letter and Instructions
Welcome to The Surgery Center at Lutheran
We are delighted that you have chosen to have your surgery or procedure at our facility. Our goal is to make your visit and recovery a positive experience.
We offer a comfortable, welcoming facility with a highly-skilled, caring, friendly staff.
The staff teams with your doctor to give you the best care through use of state-of-the-art medical equipment and the latest innovations in surgery procedures and technology.
Please review the instructions contained in this packet to help you prepare for your surgery.
BEFORE your visit to The Surgery Center at Lutheran
Our pre-op nurse will contact you to complete your confidential and mandatory health history. This is required prior to your surgery date to avoid cancellation of your surgery. If it is more convenient you may contact the pre-op nurse by calling 303-301-7708.
Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home from the Surgery Center and to listen to your post-operative instructions.
If you are receiving any sedation and/or anesthesia someone must stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery/procedure.
Instructions for THE DAY OF SURGERY
Arrive promptly at the time given to you by the pre-op nurse.
Bring all the surgical paperwork you were given in the surgeon’s office.
Follow the instructions given to you about eating and drinking. This is important for your safety.
Shower the morning of surgery — this will decrease the risk of infection.
Wear low-heeled shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Sleeves, legs and waistbands should be loose enough to fit over bandages.
All jewelry and body piercing must be removed prior to surgery. Please leave valuables including jewelry at home or with a family member.
Bring your driver’s license or photo identification card and health insurance cards, as well as any co-pay and/or deductible to be paid at registration. Leave valuables at home or with your friends/family.
- You may take your normal heart, blood pressure, breathing or seizure medication the morning of surgery with a sip of water.
- If you take insulin or routine medications, your doctor or anesthesiologist will instruct you on what to take prior to surgery.
- If you are on blood thinners, aspirin or herbal medicines, notify your surgeon when they are scheduling you for surgery
- Please be sure to tell your surgeon about any existing medical conditions as well as prescription, herbal and over the counter medications that you are taking.
Failure to follow these instructions can cause serious complications.
Instructions for AFTER YOUR SURGERY
After your surgery/procedure you will receive care in the “Post Anesthesia Care Unit” where the nurses will watch you closely until you are ready to be put in a recliner. Once in the recliner, one family member may join you. In most cases, depending on your procedure, you will be ready to leave the Center in 30 minutes to 2 hours following completion of your surgery.
Before you are discharged, your nurse will review your home care instructions with you and your family. A copy of these instructions will be sent home with you.
Have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
Take it easy until your physician says you can return to your normal routine.
It is natural to experience some discomfort in the area of the operation. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness depending on the type of anesthesia you receive or on the amount of pain medication you are taking at home.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or power tools, cook, drink alcoholic beverages, smoke, make legal decisions, or take any medications not prescribed by your physician for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
The day after surgery, a member of the Surgery Center staff will call to see how you are feeling.
Contact your physician if you feel you are having problems after surgery.
If you cannot contact your doctor but feel your concerns warrant a doctor’s attention, call or go to the emergency room closest to you.