PREPARING FOR SURGERY
An Interview Nurse will contact you prior to your surgery to finalize arrangements, to complete a health history, and to answer your questions. Please have available a list of your current medications and dosages, including over the counter medications, vitamins and herbs. If you do not receive this phone call the day before your procedure, please contact our interview nurse at (571) 229-1536 ext 226.
Prince William Surgery Center accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare. Our Business Office will contact your insurance company to verify eligibility and coverage. Should your carrier indicate a problem with coverage, a representative from the Center will contact you. If you have questions regarding your coverage, you may call our billing specialist at (571) 229-1525.
Here are a few more preparations/instructions to remember:
- If you notice a change in your health such as a cough, cold or fever, it is important that you notify your physician before your scheduled surgery. Also notify the Prince William Surgery Center at 571-229-1536 ext 226.
- For patients requiring pre-operative testing, history and physicals, contact your physician’s office to coordinate dates/times.
- Make arrangements for transportation with a responsible adult. Public transportation is not authorized. The responsible adult should remain with you for 24 hours.
- If you take vitamins, herbs, aspirin or other anti-coagulates, they need to be discontinued several days prior to your surgery. Consult with your physician to determine when you should stop taking them.
- Ask your doctor prior to your surgery for your post operative medication prescription.
DAY BEFORE SURGERY
Follow the guidelines stated by our interview nurse regarding eating and drinking prior to your procedure. Failure to follow all instructions given may result in delay or cancellation of your procedure. As a courtesy, you will receive a call from the Center to remind you of the appointment time.
- DO NOT smoke or drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your surgery.
- DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery, unless directed by the Interview Nurse.
Failure to follow all instructions given may result in delay or cancellation of your procedure.
DAY OF SURGERY
- You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will drive you home following your surgery. It is important they stay at the Center.
- AT LEAST ONE PARENT OF A MINOR CHILD MUST REMAIN AT THE CENTER AT ALL TIMES.
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
- Leave valuables at home, including billfold and jewelry such as wedding bands, as we cannot be responsible for their safe-keeping.
- Remove makeup, fingernail polish and contact lenses. No metal clips in hair.
- Bring your insurance card(s), photo identification and and any applicable insurance co-payment.
- If you are taking prescription medications, please bring a list with the names and dosages of these medications.
- The Interview Nurse will instruct the patient on the medications they may take the morning of their surgery.
- When you arrive for surgery, you will meet your nurse, doctor and anesthesiologist. At that time, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anesthesia and your recovery period.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
Jewelry and body piercing jewelry worn by the Patient during surgery may pose an increased risk for injury. These injuries may include:
- Physical injury from catching jewelry on bed linen, surgical drapes, or equipment
- Possible burn from diverted current if a certain type of electrosurgery is used
- Decreased circulation due to intraoperative swelling requiring emergency removal of the jewelry
- Aspiration or increased risk of chipped or cracked teeth with tongue or mouth jewelry
- Pressure injury due to muscle relaxation and surgical positioning
Unfortunately, it may be necessary to reschedule your surgery if you are unable to remove your jewelry prior to surgery. Our goal is to provide the highest standard of care and maintain a safe environment for all our patients. The staff at Prince William Surgery Center appreciates your cooperation.
For your safety, ALL jewelry must be removed prior to your operation. This includes any body piercing and medic alert bracelets. All of our patients are advised to leave jewelry at home to ensure safekeeping.
You will be instructed to remove all jewelry before arriving for surgery at Prince William Surgery Center. You may need to see a jeweler or other professional prior to surgery for assistance to remove jewelry.
- All rings, including wedding bands
- Bracelets, including Medic alert
- All body piercing jewelry, including tongue, chin, lip, nose, nipple, eyebrow, genitalia, naval, ear and so on.
Following your surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room. The length of time you will need to recover depends on the nature of your surgery. Most patients are ready for discharge after one or two hours of rest.
When you meet discharge criteria, you will receive instructions regarding your post-operative care. These instructions will include information about medications, diet and rest requirements. For your safety, it is important that you do not drive, operate machinery or drink alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours following your surgery. If you have any post-operative questions, please contact your physician’s office.