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Surgery Center

  • At WestHealth Surgery Center, our skilled team of surgeons provide same-day surgery to children and adults whose treatment does not require an overnight hospital stay. The team of experienced anesthesia staff, registered nurses, surgical technicians and surgeons work together to ensure each patient experiences superior surgical results in a safe, comfortable and private setting.

    We look forward to caring for you in our same day surgery center, where you will:

    • have high-quality surgical care without an overnight stay
    • recover in the familiar surroundings of home, rather than a hospital
    • spend less time away from work, family and friends.

    Before surgery

    • Have a medical history and physical exam with your regular doctor within 30 days before your surgery. Check with your surgeon or regular doctor to schedule this appointment.
    • If you take blood-thinning medicine, ask your doctor if you should take it before surgery.
    • If you have diabetes and use insulin and/or pills, ask your doctor how much you should take before surgery.
    • If you have any change in your health, like a cold, call your doctor at least one day before your surgery.
    • Depending on the type of procedure, your surgery may need to be rescheduled if no one can drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
    • You will receive a phone call about one week before surgery from a nurse at WestHealth to review your health history. You will also receive a call from a WestHealth representative to preregister you for surgery.

    Night before surgery

    Beginning at midnight, do not eat or drink anything. This includes chewing gum and hard candy. Do not even drink water, except a sip of water to take your medication unless instructed otherwise by your primary physician or surgeon. 

    Your surgery will be delayed or cancelled if you do not adhere to the following rules:

    • no clear fluids or gum within two hours of surgery
    • no light meals, candy or chewing tobacco within six hours of surgery
    • no heavy or high-fat meals within eight hours of surgery.

    What to bring

    The morning of your surgery please remember to bring:

    • your pre-surgery instructions
    • your health care directive, if you have one
    • a copy of your medical history and physical exam, if you have one
    • a copy of your EKG, if you have one
    • your asthma/COPD inhaler, if you use one
    • your insurance information and a photo ID to register
    • money to cover co-pay for prescriptions that may be required
    • appropriate, comfortable clothing for discharge, taking into account casts, slings and movement restrictions.

    What not to bring

    • Do not bring any valuables, such as jewelry, watches, tablets or laptops.
    • Remove all body piercings before you arrive at the surgery center.
    • Do not wear excessive makeup. For example, mascara, eye liner, eye shadow.

    Day of surgery

    • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you should take the following medicines as prescribed with a small sip of water on the morning of surgery:
      • heart medicine
      • blood pressure medicine
      • seizure medicine
      • asthmas medicine
      • prednisone.
    • Arrive one hour before your scheduled surgery or as directed by your doctor.
    • WestHealth front doors open at 6:15 a.m., take elevators, which begin working at 6:30 a.m., to second floor Surgery Center.
    • The anesthesiologist and your surgeon will meet with you and answer any questions before surgery.
    • A nurse will take your health history, temperature and blood pressure and help you prepare for surgery. A friend or relative may stay with you during this time.

    After your surgery

    • You will be taken to an area to recover
    • When you’ve recovered and feel well, you can return home. In general this will be 30 minutes to two hours after surgery.
    • A family member or friend will need to take you home and a responsible adult should stay with you for at least 24 hours following surgery.
    • For at least 24 hours after your surgery:
      • Eat light, small meals.
      • Rest and follow your surgeon’s directions regarding activities, exercise restrictions and returning to work.
      • Do not drink alcohol.
      • Do not take medicines that make you sleepy, such as sedatives or tranquilizers, unless prescribed by your surgeon.
      • Do not drive, use power tools or make important decisions.