704-831-4400 • 1822 Brunswick Ave. • Charlotte, NC 28207

BEFORE YOUR SURGERY

 

We will need to obtain a complete medical history before you have your procedure. You can do this by registering through our website or by calling us. Please complete your registration as soon as possible so we can order any necessary labwork or other tests prior to your procedure. A member of our staff will call you to answer any questions regarding admissions and insurance coverage.

 

Before Your Procedure:

 

  • Arrange for someone to be here during your procedure and to drive you home afterward as well.
  • Make sure a responsible adult stays with you at home for the rest of the day and through the night following surgery.
  • If you have small children, please make sure you have made childcare arrangements so that you can rest when you get home.

 

The Night Before:

 

  • Do not eat or drink, chew gum, or suck on cough drops or hard candy after midnight. Failure to comply may mean the anesthesiologists are forced to cancel your surgery.
  • If you brush your teeth, rinse your mouth without swallowing
    any liquid.
  • If you normally take medications, check with the surgery center
    to see if you should take them the night before or the morning
    of surgery.
  • If you smoke, it is recommended that you refrain from smoking the day before surgery.

 

The Morning Of Your Procedure:

 

  • Shower or bathe with antibacterial soap to minimize the chance
    of infection.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to Carolina Center For Specialty Surgery. This will also make your return home more pleasant by avoiding pressure on sensitive areas.
  • Wear flat shoes; slip-on styles are best.
  • Leave jewelry and other valuables at home. All piercings must
    be removed.
  • If you wear contact lenses, you may be asked to remove them prior to surgery, so please bring your glasses and contact case along.
  • Bring your insurance or Medicare card and a photo ID.
  • You must have a responsible adult with you or your procedure
    may be canceled.

 

When You Arrive:

 

You will be warmly welcomed upon arrival at the reception desk in our lobby. A member of our staff will review all admissions and insurance forms with you. You will then be escorted to the preoperative area. There,

your nurse will greet you, prepare you for surgery, and provide whatever assistance is needed for your comfort.

 

After your procedure, you will recover in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. Registered nurses will observe you closely and monitor your vital signs frequently until you are alert and ready to go home. Throughout this

period, your family member or friend will be kept informed of your progress.

 

Special Precautions:

 

  • Contact your surgeon or Carolina Center For Specialty Surgery immediately if you experience any changes in your health such as minor elevations in your temperature, a cold, or a cough.
  • If you are a woman of childbearing age and suspect you may be pregnant, please notify your surgeon. Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to a developing fetus.

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