IN THE 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE
When you arrive, one of the first questions we will ask you is, Have you drank or eaten anything since last night? If you have, or if you have failed to follow any of your doctors orders, we will not be able to do your procedure and you will have to go home.
Common pre-surgical orders include the following:
Day Before Surgery
Preparing for Surgery
Before & After
Prior to Your Day of Surgery
A Lindenhurst Surgery Center staff member will be in contact with you prior to your date of surgery, or you may call 847-356-4710 with any questions or concerns. The Lindenhurst Surgery Center reception desk is available for service from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is closed on weekends and holidays. A pre-surgery health assessment will be discussed. You also can expect a call the day prior to your surgery informing you of your arrival time for your procedure. You may receive more than one call prior to surgery, but we make every effort to try and minimize any inconvenience.
Please bring the following with you on the day of your surgery:
Valid photo ID
Licensed driver to take you home
List of all medications, vitamins or supplements you are currently taking
List of any known allergies
All deductibles, co-pays or co-insurance payments are due at time of service. Lindenhurst Surgery Center accepts all major credit cards, check or cash.
Preparing For Surgery
- Depending on your medical history, some tests may need to be done before surgery. You will be notified ahead of time by a member of your health care team if any additional tests are required. If the doctor requires you to have lab tests, EKG, and/or X-rays before surgery, we encourage you to have the tests completed within one (1) week of your surgery date.
- If you take regular medications, ask your healthcare provider if you should take them before surgery. If instructed to, take the medications with a small sip of water.
- A staff member will call you before your procedure with instructions and arrival time. Arrival time is when you are expected at Lindenhurst Surgery Center, not the start time of your procedure.
- Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery and stay with you afterward, as needed. This person should also be prepared to stay at the facility during your procedure.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your procedure, unless directed otherwise. This includes water, mints and gum. You can brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, but dont swallow any water. If you eat or drink after midnight, your surgery may be cancelled.
- If you smoke or use other tobacco products, quit or cut down a few weeks before surgery. Your healthcare provider may give you specific instructions.
- Follow any other instructions you are given.
- Tell your doctor about other medical problems you may have. Health problems such as allergies, diabetes, and obesity could affect your surgery and your treatment.
- Do not shave near where you will have surgery. Shaving with a razor can irritate your skin and make it easier to develop an infection.
- To cancel your procedure, we ask that you notify us at least 24 hours in advance.
Before and After Surgery
- Your nurse will check your temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure; and will verify your health history given to the nurse over the phone. You will be asked to sign consent forms. Pre-operative medications may be given at this time. You will be asked to change into a gown.
- If your doctor has ordered tests that have not already been completed, they will be performed, provided that test is available at the center.
- Your anesthesiologist will review your medical history and your test results (if applicable), and meet with you.
- You may choose to have your family join you upon completion of the nursing assessment.
- Parents will remain with children until the time of surgery.
- When it is time for surgery, you will be taken to the operating suite by a surgical nurse and by an anesthesia care provider. The amount of time in surgery depends on your particular procedure.
- After surgery you will go to the recovery room. The nurses will monitor your recovery and care for you until your condition allows for your family/friends to join you.
- It is recommended your family/ friend remains in the building. Please have them notify staff if they will be leaving the building.
- Make sure that your healthcare providers clean their hands before examining you, either with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. If you do not see your providers clean their hands, please ask them to do so.
- Family and friends who visit you should not touch the surgical wound or dressings.
- Family and friends should clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before and after visiting you. If you do not see them clean their hands, ask them to clean their hands.
At Home After Your Surgery
It is very important that you follow your home care instructions. Call your doctor for any questions or problems.
If you received general anesthesia, regional block, or IV sedation, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you. Due to the effects of anesthesia, you should not drive a car, operate machinery, make important decisions or drink any alcoholic beverages for 24 hours following surgery.
Before you go home, your doctor or nurse should explain everything you need to know about taking care of your wound. Make sure you understand how to care for your wound before you leave the hospital.
Always clean your hands before and after caring for your wound.
Before you go home, make sure you know who to contact if you have questions or problems after you get home.
If you have any symptoms of an infection, such as redness and pain at the surgery site, drainage, or fever, call your doctor immediately.
Be sure to schedule a post-operative appointment with your surgeon. A nurse from the center will contact you after your surgery to see how you are feeling and to address any questions or concerns. We want to make sure that your recovery progresses well and that you are totally satisfied with our services.
In the event you need to contact us and it is NOT an emergency, please call 847-356-4710 during normal business hours, 7 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or contact your surgeon. If it is an emergency call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room (ER). Lindenhurst Freestanding Emergency center is conveniently open 24 hours a day seven days a week and is also located on the Lindenhurst Medical Campus.
We want to make sure we are providing great patient care at all times; Please make sure to complete and mail the survey you were given at the time of your discharge. If you have any additional comments or concerns regarding your visit, please contact our Director of the Lindenhurst Surgery Center at 847-356-4701. Thank you for choosing Lindenhurst Surgery Center, LLC!