The below guidelines are for general anesthesia cases.  However, if you are scheduled for local anesthesia, these guidelines should also be followed unless otherwise directed by your physician or Surgical Pavilion Staff.

  • Notify your physician before coming to the facility if there is a significant change in your physical condition, such as high fever, infection, heart problems or breathing difficulties.
  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT.  (This includes candy, water, coffee, chewing gum, etc.)  IF you eat or drink anything your procedure will be cancelled or rescheduled.  Prescription medication authorized by your physician may be taken with a small sip of water. 
  • Eat a light supper the day before your procedure.  Gum, hard candy or breath mint/strips are not allowed the day of surgery.
  • Make arrangements in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home.  We recommend that they stay with you until the following morning. If you arrive at the facility without a responsible adult to provide transportation, your procedure will be rescheduled for another day.  Taxi service is not permitted.
  • Be on time and call the center if you will be unavoidably late.  If you must cancel your procedure, please contact your physician’s office at least two days in advance.  They will advise The Surgical Pavilion of your cancellation.
  • Allow for some flexibility in the time of your procedure.  Your appointment time may be adjusted due to unplanned events.
  • Some medications such as aspirin, blood thinners, diet pills, diabetic medication or anti-inflammatory medication may need to be stopped prior to your procedure.  Therefore, it is important you inform your physician of all medications (prescription, herbal, over the counter) that you are taking.  Your physician will inform you if any of your medications should be stopped prior to your procedure.  Your questions about medications should be directed to your physician’s office.
  • The Surgical Pavilion staff will contact you prior to your procedure to confirm your appointment schedule and to review your financial responsibility.
  • Copayments and/or deductibles are due on the day of your procedure.  If you would like more information regarding payment options, please contact our business office at 501-227-9088.
  • Surgery – Arrive at least 1.5 hours before your scheduled procedure time unless directed otherwise.
  • Dress comfortably and wear clothing that will allow you to change into a gown easily. 
  • Bring with you on the day of surgery your insurance card, payment obligation, and driver’s license or photo I.D, and Living Will/Advance Directive, if you have one.  LEAVE ALL OTHER VALUABLES, INCLUDING JEWELRY, WALLET AND ADDITIONAL CASH AT HOME.  We are not responsible for damaged or lost property. 
  • Dental appliances can be left in place.  These items will be removed and placed in a protective storage container prior to your procedure. 
  • Contact lenses may not be worn.  Please bring lens case and glasses. 
  • Children may bring a favorite toy or blanket.
  • Feel free to bring a book, audio recorder with headset, or your laptop to use in the event there is a delay. 
  • Remove all make-up, false eyelashes, and fingernail polish.  If you have sculptured nails that are clear, you may leave the polish on.
  • Make a list of your current medications and bring it with you.  The list should include the medication’s name, dosage, frequency and the last dose taken.  Multivitamins, herbal products and other over-the-counter medications should be included on the list.
  • Be prepared to sign a form giving your consent for the procedure.  If the patient is under 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the patient and sign the consent form.  If the patient is not able to sign legal documents, then someone with a Durable Power of Attorney should be present.  If parents are divorced, the accompanying parent must have legal documents demonstrating their right to consent for the underage child.
  • When you arrive at the center your chart is already prepared using information provided by your physician.  We will ask you to review the information to ensure accuracy.  All charges incurred at the Surgical Pavilion are your responsibility; however, the Center will be happy to bill your insurance company as a courtesy to you. You will be asked to provide your insurance card, driver’s license or photo I.D., list of medications, and payment obligation.
  • A pre-op nurse will then take you into the pre-op area to review your medical history, medications, and allergies.  The nurse will then have you change into a patient gown where your vital signs will then be taken and an IV started.
  • Your procedure may require sedation.  Because we care about your safety, if you had any sedation we cannot allow you to drive home.
  • Your family should wait in the lobby until you are brought to the discharge area.  Your physician will speak with your family or the person accompanying you following your procedure.  Your family may stay with you until discharge.
  • Before you leave the center, you will be given written instructions for your care after discharge.
  • If you require a follow up appointment, that appointment will be made for you by The Surgical Pavilion staff.  Please look at your discharge packet carefully to determine if you have a follow up appointment with your physician.
  • When you return home, follow your doctor’s instructions regarding diet, medications and activity.
  • Do not drive a car, drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery, sign legal documents, or make critical decisions until the morning after your procedure.

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