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FAQ

Do I need to visit the Center before surgery date?
All patients will need an up-to-date medical history and physical form. Some may need blood tests, EKG or x-rays. These services will be ordered by your physician if indicated and scheduled prior to your date of service Some families may elect to bring their children for a preoperative tour of the Center.

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May I pre-register for my surgery?
That is not necessary.  The registration process on the day of surgery is very simple and requires only a few signatures.

What if I cannot make my appointment?
Please notify the surgeon and the Mobile Surgery Center at 251.438.3614 as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients.

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What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing. Loose fitting, button-down shirts or blouses are best. Wear comfortable shoes. Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry. If you wear contact lenses, you will probably have to remove them for the surgery, so consider bringing your glasses. If you have to wear your contacts, please bring contact solution and contacts case. Please do not wear any make-up as this can hide certain clinical signs. Please remove all body piercings.

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Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery?
We have very clear policies as to specific times before surgery when you must refrain from eating and/or drinking. These are all based on patient safety standards. 

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Should I take my usual daily medication?
Our nurses will call you prior to your surgery or procedure to go over medications with you.  If you do not receive a call from our nurses by 3:00 pm the day before surgery, please call the center and ask for the ‘Pre-Admit Nurse’.

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May I continue my herbal medications?
Please consult with our Pre-Admit Nurse during your phone conference prior to your date of service.

Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?
An anesthesiologist will perform a pre-operative interview at which time this can be discussed.

Will I be contacted before my surgery?
Yes,each patient will receive a call prior to surgery in order that a health history can be obtained as well as to answer any questions you may have. Pre-operative instructions will also be given at this time. You may also call the surgery center directly with any questions at 251-438-3614.

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Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?
Yes. You can comfortably take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, etc. Please do not use make up, hair spray, nail polish or toiletries, these may interfere with anesthesia monitoring.

What should I do if I am not feeling well?
If you are not feeling well,please do not delay in contacting your surgeon or the Center.

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What should I do if I started my menstrual cycle?
This will not affect most surgical procedures.

What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?
Contact your physician.

May I drive home?
Any patient receiving anesthesia can not drive for 24 hours, if you are receiving sedation.a responsible adult must accompany you day of surgery.

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May I speak to my anesthesiologist before the surgery?
Yes. all patients will be seen by the anesthesiologist on the day of surgery prior to entering the operating room  Sufficient time should be spent to answer any questions you may have.

What if I have special needs?
We will make every effort to accommodate any special need you may have. We strongly encourage you to call the surgery center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable. Do not hesitate to call and suggest anything that may make your day easier.

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Should I bring my special needs equipment?
Yes. Please bring any walkers, post-op crutches, hearing aids, c-pap machine, etc.

What must I bring with me on the day of surgery?

  • Bring case for eyeglasses or contacts
  • Bring insurance identification cards, driver's license, copayments
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home

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How will my pain be managed?
The management of your pain is of great importance to us. We will be assessing your level of pain from the time of admission until you receive our postoperative call at home. We need to inform and prepare you for each step of the process. This education will begin with our first contact. You will be repeatedly asked to rate your pain from a numerical scale of 1-10 or for children, the Faces Pain Scale. Using the results of our communication we will alter the therapy as needed in order to assure your comfort.

The management of your pain will be taken very seriously. We will often use a combination of different modalities to help make you comfortable.The management of your pain should be discussed with both your anesthesiologist and surgeon. Please feel free to bring up any concerns or fears you may have. Remember that information on pain management gives you the appropriate expectations and hence a smoother, more comfortable recovery.

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