Preparing For Surgery

Preparing for surgery, whether for an adult or child, can be a very stressful time. The staff at Rogers Park Surgery Center, are focused on your safety and care.

Once your surgeon has informed RPSC of your pending procedure, you will receive a call from our Health History Nurse up to one week prior to your surgery date. You will be asked to provide your past and present medical history. It is very important to inform her of all medications you are taking, especially medicines for heart, diabetes or blood pressure.

Be sure to mention over the counter drugs such as aspirin, Bufferin, Nuprin, Advil, Motrin or any herbal supplements.

You will be given instructions about taking medications prior to your procedure. You will also be asked about any previous surgeries you’ve had, and any allergies you may have. By providing us with the most accurate details about your health we will be able to customize your care during your stay with us.

Depending on your age and medical history, you may need to have a few minor tests prior to your surgery to further assure the safest of outcomes for you. You will receive instructions for any tests from either the health history nurse or your surgeon’s office. The results from these tests will automatically be forwarded to your surgeon and our surgery center.

Prior to the day of surgery, if there are any changes in your physical condition, please notify your surgeon’s office. The doctor may choose to postpone your surgery.

If you are having any anesthesia or sedation, you must have someone accompany you to the surgery center, drive you home after your surgery, and stay with you overnight. All patients having a “pain” procedure are required to have a driver to transport you home.

The Day Before Surgery

Please call the surgery center the day before your procedure to confirm your arrival time. You may call (773) 761-0500 as early as 9:00am.

Because preparing for surgery is very important to assure your safety and the best possible experience, we have listed some important rules for you to follow. Ignoring these may cause your surgery to be delayed or cancelled.

If You Are Having Anesthesia/Sedation:

Do not bring valuables with you on the day of surgery (this includes: purses, money, jewelry, etc.).

Do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight the night before surgery (this includes: chewing gum, lozenges, hard candy and chewing tobacco).

If possible, make arrangements for child care which will allow you to concentrate on recovering.

If you are diabetic, you will be given instructions as to the dose and time to take your medication prior to arriving at the center.

If you routinely take a medication that thins the blood, you must speak with your surgeon about when to stop this drug and if you may need any blood tests before surgery (i.e.: aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix, Naprosyn, Motrin).

You will be asked to arrive 1 hour prior to the time of your surgery.

If you are unable to keep your appointment for surgery or are delayed in arriving, please call the surgery center as soon as possible at (773) 761-0500.

The Day of Surgery

On the day of surgery, we ask that you:

Bring the completed medication reconciliation form or your own complete list of all current medications (including vitamins & herbals) the dosage and frequency.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and simple shoes to make getting dressed after your surgery easy. Do not wear jewelry.

Bring your insurance cards and driver’s license for the admitting process.

Escorts are asked to remain in the building while the patient is in surgery. If you must step out, please tell the receptionist.

You will be asked to remove dentures and contacts when getting ready for surgery, so please bring your cases with you.

Your anesthesiologist, surgeon, and operating room nurse will visit you in pre-op. They will re-verify information and answer any questions you may have. You will be in pre-op for about an hour. After your surgery, you will be taken directly to the recovery room where you will again be monitored by nurses.

The Recovery Room

Your escort will be allowed in the Recovery Room with you when it is appropriate. You will be offered crackers and a light beverage. The length of time you will be in the Recovery Room is totally dependent on the kind of procedure you have had, the type of anesthesia you had, your pain level, and your ability to tolerate fluids.

Once you are awake and alert, the nurse will review with you and your caregiver the instructions written by your physician which you are to follow at home. You will be given a copy of your discharge instructions to take home with you.

Returning Home From Surgery

Please follow these instructions when you get home if you have had anesthesia:

You must have your caregiver stay with you for the first 24 hours. You may be drowsy or dizzy.

Rest and relax. You have just had surgery. Follow your doctors’ recommendations for resuming your normal activities.

Eat a light meal when you get hungry. Eating too much, or heavy foods, may cause you to become nauseated.

Remember to follow your doctors’ instructions on resuming any previous medications you had been on, as well as taking any pain medication prescribed for you.

Do NOT drive, drink alcoholic beverages or operate heavy machinery or power tools for at least 24 hours after your surgery.

If you feel you are experiencing any problems after your discharge, call your doctor’s office immediately. If your doctor is not available call the Emergency Room at your local hospital or 911 if it is an extreme emergency. After your surgery, you will receive a phone call from a member of our nursing staff to check on your progress.