Preparing for Surgery

The Maury Regional Surgical Services staff strives to provide excellent care. To help make your experience as pleasant and convenient as possible, below is important information that you should know prior to surgery:

Prior to Surgery

  • We will call you before the scheduled surgery to go over important pre-operative instructions, obtain insurance information and answer any questions.
  • If additional questions arise, feel free to call the center.
  • If your condition changes before surgery, notify your physician. This may include catching a cold, exposure to a communicable disease, increased temperature, or any other change in health.
  • Bring all insurance materials. These include insurance identification cards and forms. You should be prepared to pay any deductible and co-insurance on the day of surgery.
  • A patient accounts representative will contact you prior to surgery to notify you of the amount of insurance benefits estimated and your share of the expenses.
  • Be sure to arrive at least one hour before the scheduled surgery. This allows time for routine pre-operative preparations.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave all jewelry and valuables at home. Storage for clothing will be provided.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. (Please check with your physician regarding your usual medications.) Anything you eat or drink including water is dangerous.

For a complete pre-surgical patient education guide, click here.

Going Home

When it is time for you to be discharged, verbal and written instructions will be provided for your care at home. Do not drive or use public transportation to return home. Please arrange for an adult to drive you home and have someone stay with you for 24 hours. Anesthesia and medications will slow your reflexes and may make you feel drowsy.

A nurse will call you at home to check on your progress and answer any questions. Follow your physician's instructions regarding medication, diet, exercise and resuming normal activities. Contact your physician's office for any further follow-up visits.

We hope you will be pleased with the service you receive, and that you will have a quick and complete recovery.

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