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Before My Surgery

To expedite your check-in process, we will contact you by phone pre-operatively to obtain your insurance and demographic information. We will verify your insurance coverage and inform you of your benefits and financial estimate. It is the patient’s responsibility to inform the facility when a pre-cert is required for a procedure.

A nurse will call you a few days  before your surgery to review your health history,any special instructions and answer any questions you may have. 

If you have not received a call to review both your insurance benefits and your medical data within 24 hours of your scheduled surgery, or have additional questions, please call us at 270-683-2751.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.

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Food and Drink

If you are arriving BEFORE noon:
Do not eat food or dairy products after midnight the night before your surgery.  You may have clear, non-alcoholic liquids up to four (4 ) hours before your arrival.  (Clear liquids means you can hold it up to the light and see through it.) 

If you are arriving AFTER noon:
You may eat  eight (8) hours prior to your arrival time but avoid dairy products after midnight.  You may have clear, non-alcoholic liquids up to six (6) hours before your arrival time. If you are diabetic and your blood sugar is low you may drink clear liquids up to two (2) hours prior to arrival.

CHILDREN: Please obtain special instructions, from nursing staff at the center, about food and drink limitations.

Alcohol
Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

Smoking
No smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.

Clothing
Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Valuables
Please leave valuables at home. 

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Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal medicines.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery.  You can discuss this with your surgeon. 

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery. 
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or uses sign language, and interpreter is required.  If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department 270-683-2751 as soon as possible. 

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