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San Leandro Surgery Center

Patient Instructions

 

PreAdmission

Please talk to your surgeon about any daily medications you are currently taking, especially for heart, diabetes or blood pressure.  Be sure to mention any over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin, Bufferin, Nuprin, Advil or Motrin.  Your surgeon will explain to you the nature of the procedure; the proposed benefits, risks and alternatives.  Please address any questions that you may have directly with your surgeon.  Our nursing staff will contact you by telephone prior to your scheduled date of surgery. Information will be gathered regarding your medical history and you will be provided with any special instructions. We will let you know when you should arrive at the Center, what to bring with you and answer any questions you might have.    

 

Transportation

If you are scheduled for outpatient surgery, please be sure to make arrangements for a responsible person to drive you home after your surgery. You will not be discharged unless you have a responsible adult accompanying you.

 

 

If your surgery involves general anesthetic or other type of sedation, you must arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for the first night following discharge.

 

The night before surgery

 

  • Get a good night's rest.  Do not drink anything before surgery or day of surgery. Bring storage cases for dentures, hearing aids and glasses.  You may wear them to the Surgery Center, but they may need to be removed before the procedure. 

  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes.  Leave your valuables, including watches and jewelry at home. Do not wear contact lenses, make-up or perfume/aftershave.  If your child is scheduled, we encourage you to bring his or her favorite toy or blanket for extra comfort. 

  • Follow your Doctor's instructions about your daily medications.  Refrain from smoking after midnight on day before surgery.  

  • Bring in your insurance cards and your drivers license or picture identification, and your current medication list  with you. 

 

 

Your Surgery

Anesthesia services are provided by  highly qualified anesthesiologists familiar in all aspects of anesthesia.  If an anesthesiologist is required, they will perform a pre-anesthesia assessment and answer any questions you may have.  Be sure to talk to your anesthesiologist about any medications you are currently taking, even over-the-counter drugs -- we ask that you provide the medication list on your arrival to San Leandro Surgery Center. 

 

Click Here for Current Medication Form

 

 

The appropriate type of anesthesia will be determined by your anesthesiologist in consultation with the surgeon.  

Immediately following surgery, you will be taken to our fully-equipped recovery room where you will be closely monitored by our specially trained staff.  The amount of time you spend in recovery depends on the type of surgery and/or anesthesia you have had.  Some patients spend as little as one-half hour in the recovery room area; others spend 3 hours or more. 

 

 

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