Preparing For Your Surgery
Scheduling and questions
- We might call you for additional information after you schedule your surgery with us. Someone from the surgery center might also call for information. Please feel free to ask any questions you have when we call you. We are always happy to answer questions or find the answer for you!
- Please be flexible about your arrival time at the surgery center on the day of surgery. We will give you a time when we schedule the surgery, but this might change. This is common with surgery, and nothing to worry about.
- Call us right away if you get a cold, fever, or rash the day before your surgery. We might need to reschedule your surgery if you are sick.
- Please call us at 503-908-2020 for an estimate of your bill for surgery. If you are concerned about costs, or need to make payment arrangements, please let us know. You might also need to check with your insurance company about payment and costs.
Help during and after your surgery
- You need a family member, friend, neighbor, or someone else you know to drive you home after surgery. We cannot let you leave alone, on public transportation, or with someone you don’t know.
- Someone must stay at the surgery center during your procedure. This might be the same person who drives you home or someone else who knows you. This is in case of any emergency.
- You need someone at home to take care of you for 24 hours after your surgery. This should be a responsible adult.
When to stop eating and drinking before surgery
- Avoid eating, drinking, or chewing anything after midnight the day before your surgery.
- No chewing tobacco, candy (even hard candy), mints, and gum.
On Your Surgery Day
What to do at home
- Wear something loose and comfortable. For example, you might wear a sweat suit or comfortable pants or skirt with a loose-fitting top. A shirt or blouse that buttons down the front is a good option. Short sleeves make it easier for us to check your blood pressure and other important signs. Please leave jewelry and any other valuable items at home.
- Make sure you have your insurance information, picture ID, and any co-payments you need to make for your surgery.
- Bring a case for your glasses or contact lenses, to store them safely during surgery.
- Please do not wear makeup or face lotion.
Do not eat or drink anything on the morning of your surgery day, unless your doctor told you something else. If you take medications each morning, you may take these with a small sip of water. It is also OK to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with water. Avoid drinking any of the water from brushing your teeth.
What happens at the surgery center
The office staff will check you in and make sure all your information is correct, including insurance information. You will need to answer a few questions and sign some forms.
After that, you will meet your nurse. They will make sure your medical information is correct, including any allergies and all the medications, vitamins, and nutrition supplements you take. The nurse will help you get ready for surgery.
Finally, you will meet the doctor or nurse practitioner who will give your anesthesia during surgery. They will talk more with you about your medical information, and tell you about the anesthesia you will have.
After Your Surgery
Waking up from anesthesia
When Dr. Lyons finishes your surgery, you will rest in a comfortable area of the surgery center for 15 to 30 minutes. How long you stay depends on the type of anesthesia you had, how you are feeling, and how soon you feel alert after surgery. The family member or friend who is waiting for you can visit you here when the nurse says you are ready.
Getting your home care instructions
Your nurse will give you several pieces of information to take home. These include what to do at home, when to take any medications, and what activities to do or avoid. You and your family member or friend should ask any questions about this information. You may also call with questions after you get home.
Questions after surgery?
With questions about what to do after surgery, please call (503) 908-2020