Advance Preparation

Concerned about planning for your upcoming outpatient surgery?

At Effingham Ambulatory Surgery Center, we understand that having any surgery can be intimidating, and preparing for it can be confusing. We will do whatever it takes to ensure your comfort and to make sure you feel as informed as possible during your visit with us. The following questions and answers should give you enough information to properly prepare for your procedure. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Any pre-operative tests will be determined by your physician or anesthesiologist and communicated to you prior to the date of your surgery.

Will I be contacted before my procedure by the facility?

Yes. You may receive up to three calls. You will be contacted a few days prior to surgery by a member of your health care team. This call will include a routine health assessment, instructions for the day of surgery, and answers to any questions you may have. You may also be contacted by someone in the facility’s business office to address financial matters such as your responsibility for copayments and deductibles. Finally, you may also be contacted by your anesthesiologist.

Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking before the procedure?

Our team wants you to remain as informed and confident as possible and will be available to answer any other questions you may have.

Are there different kinds of sedation or anesthesia?

What can I do to help ensure that I have the proper procedure on the correct site?

Your safety is our primary concern. Your entire health care team will follow rigorous guidelines regarding site identification and procedure confirmation. National Patient Safety Goals have been developed which require your involvement too. You will be asked numerous times to confirm both the procedure you are having and the surgical site. You should take a very active role in all discussions with your physician, your anesthesia provider, and our staff regarding the identification of your procedure and the correct surgical site. In most cases, your surgeon will mark the site prior to your procedure.

What if I think I might be pregnant?

Please be sure to notify your physician, anesthesiologist, and nurse prior to the date of surgery if you think you may be pregnant. The surgical procedure, anesthesia, and medications may be harmful to a developing baby.

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