Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long will my procedure take?
The time that you will be given to arrive at the surgery center for your procedure is approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours prior to your procedure. This allows us adequate time to register you and prepare you for your procedure. We do our best to estimate the length of time that you will spend with us from preparation until the time you are discharged. We are committed to providing the best care to every patient and will devote the time and attention required for each situation.
Do I really need someone to drive me home?
If your procedure includes receiving sedation or general anesthesia ("going to sleep") you are required to have a responsible adult accompany you upon discharge. This means you cannot drive a vehicle. You are restricted from operating any machinery for 24 hours after receiving anesthesia. If you have made prior arrangements for transportation via BART or taxi, etc. you are still required to have an adult be responsible for you and accompany you. If this is a difficulty for you please discuss this with us prior to your procedure. To ensure your safety your procedure will not be performed unless this requirement is met.
What should I bring with me the day of my procedure?
The day of your procedure we ask that you bring the following:
a photo identification and your insurance cards
a copy of your Living Will or Advance Directive (if you have one)
eye drops if you are having cataract surgery
any crutches, walker, braces etc. that have been prescribed to you by your physician
We ask that you NOT bring any personal belongings such as jewelry, watches, etc. Please leave these at home or have your family member be responsible for your items while you are in our care.
What should I wear?
We ask that you wear comfortable clothing the day of your procedure. If you are having surgery on your shoulder or arms you may want to consider a shirt that buttons in the front rather than one that slips over your head. It's easier to get on! If you are having surgery on your foot or leg you will want to choose clothing that will fit over bulky bandages or casts. If you have specific concerns, please feel free to discuss this with our nurses.
When can I eat?
If you are having sedation or general anesthesia ("going to sleep") you will be given specific instructions regarding when to stop eating and drinking by our nurse. You will also be instructed what medication to take prior to your procedure. If you are given the instruction "nothing by mouth", this includes gum, candy, breath mints and chewing tobacco.
After your procedure you will be given written instructions on when to resume your diet and your medications.
When can I go back to work/school?
This is a question to discuss with your physician. It will depend on the type of surgery you are having as well as the type of work that you do.
Will I have pain after my procedure?
Pain is experienced differently by everyone. Our nurses will monitor your discomfort level following your procedure. We will work with your physician and anesthesiologist to make you as comfortable as possible.