AMBULATORY SURGERY Patient Instructions – Regional or General Anesthesia and Local Anesthesia with Intravenous Sedation



Date of Surgery_____________________

Time to report to Hospital/Ambulatory Surgery Unit_____________________

1. Wear casual clothing – you will be changing into hospital/surgi-center clothes. Consider clothing that can be slipped on easily over bandages or elastic wraps when you are discharged home. If you are having surgery anywhere on your head or face, wear a shirt or sweater that does not have to be pulled over your head.

2. DO NOT eat anything including hard candy, suckers, gum, or lozenges of any kind after 12:00 midnight the evening before or on the morning of surgery the 900 N Michigan Avenue surgi-center. You may and should drink water, clear juices, coffee/tea without cream, milk, or lighteners before 12:00 midnight. You may continue to drink clear liquids up to three(3) hours before the scheduled time of your arrival time at the hospital only if your operation is being performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

3. The hospital/surgi-center cannot be responsible for jewelry and other valuables. For your convenience, we ask that you leave them at home.

4. You will be asked to remove make-up, nail polish, hair pins,wigs, false eyelashes, eye glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, and dentures (full or partial). Please bring appropriate storage containers.

5. If you are taking prescribed medications, check with your physician to see if you should continue to take them before your surgery.

6. For two weeks prior to the date of surgery, avoid using medications that contain aspirin such as Anacin, Bufferin, Excedrin, 4-Way, Alka-Seltzer, Empirin, Ecotrin, Coricidin, and Sine-Off), and ibuprofen (such as Midol and Advil). If you have any questions about whether your medications contain aspirin or ibuprofen, ask your surgeon or pharmacist.

7. The hospital/surgi-center has a no smoking policy. If you have any questions about the policy, feel free to ask one of the staff.

8. When discharged from the hospital/surgi-center you MUST have a responsible adult to accompany you and provide transportation home.

9. If your procedure is being done at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, we encourage you to call the Ambulatory Surgery Unit (312-926-5450) between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. the day before your surgery so that one of the nurses can discuss your instructions and review the events for the day of surgery. If your surgery is scheduled for Monday, call the unit on Friday. Also, Please call the office of Dr. Vazquez between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to confirm your arrival time at 5th floor Galter, ASU. (Ambulatory Surgery Unit)

On the day of surgery:

1. Remember not to eat anything the morning of surgery. You may and should drink water and clear liquids until three (3) hours before the scheduled time of your surgery. Avoid caffeinated beverages if possible and abstain from alcoholic beverages.

2. If someone is driving you, park in the nine story parking lot on Huron between Fairbanks and St.Clair (237 E. Huron, south side of street). Bring your ticket with you and we will validate it so you can receive a discount on the parking fee.

3. Report to the Ambulatory Surgery Unit (5th Floor Galter Pavilion, 201 E. Huron) at the time scheduled on the front of this sheet. Enter the building through the Galter Pavilion entrance and go to the 5th floor. (These doors open at 6:00 a.m.). Once on the 5th floor, signs will direct you to the registration.

4. After you are registered, you will be given a place to store your belongings and asked to change into appropriate hospital clothing for surgery.

5. The ambulatory surgery nurses will then take your temperature, blood pressure, and pulse and ask you an new brief questions regarding your health.

6. Prior to surgery, you will be taken to the Pre Anesthesia Area where you will lie on a stretcher and an intravenous fluid line will be started.

7. Your family can stay with you until you are taken to the Pre-Anesthesia Area. While you are in surgery, your family can wait in the Surgical Waiting Room on the fifth floor, Galter Pavilion (312-926-5181).

8. When surgery is completed, you will be taken to a recovery area. Depending on the type of anesthesia that you receive, you may be taken to the main Recovery Room for a minimum of 45 minutes before returning to the Ambulatory Surgery Unit.

9. You will remain in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit until you are in satisfactory condition to be discharged. Minimum recovery time is one hour.

10. Prior to leaving, instructions and prescriptions will be provided for you.

Content reviewed and updated on August 3, 2013.