The Surgery Center of Chevy Chase

Surgery FAQ

The Day Before Surgery

  • You will be contacted by a nurse to confirm your arrival time, that you will not be eating or drinking after midnight and to confirm the medications you may take on the morning of your surgery.
  • Notify your surgeon immediately if there are any changes in your health or if you have been exposed to any communicable diseases and/or if there is possibility of pregnancy.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages, including beer, 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • If you are taking medications for high blood pressure, diabetes or nervous disorders, contact your surgeon for additional instructions.
  • If you have any questions about getting ready for your procedure, please call our pre-op nurses at 609.581.6230.

The Night Before Surgery

  • Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery.

The Morning of Surgery

  • Please arrive on time with your photo ID and insurance card.
  • Bathe or shower the morning of surgery; if you shampoo your hair, make sure it is dry and do not use hairspray.
  • Do not wear makeup, lipstick, lotions, perfume, or nail polish.
  • Wear loose fitting, casual clothing that can be easily removed and fit over large dressings.
  • Do not bring rings, watches or other valuables to the Center.
  • Bring a list of all prescriptions you are currently taking with you on the day of surgery.
  • Bring a written list of known allergies.

Prior to Surgery

  • Patients must sign a surgical consent form before any medication can be given or surgery performed.
  • Minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign a consent form before surgery can be performed. Minors must also have a parent or guardian stay in the Center at all times during the surgery and recovery.
  • Patients should not leave the Center unless they are under the care and supervision of a responsible adult.
  • Smoking or drinking alcohol 24 hours before or after surgery may be detrimental to your recovery.

Following Surgery

Discharge Safety

  • If you are receiving any sedation for your procedure or epidural injection at the Center, you are required by New Jersey state law to have someone drive you home . Your designated driver will need to check in with our receptionist when you arrive.
  • Your designated driver should be at the Center to take you home as soon as you are ready to leave. Waiting for drivers that need to finish errands, appointments or jobs can be uncomfortable and upsetting for patients who need to go home to rest.
  • As per New Jersey state law, children below the age of eight or under 80 pounds must be transported in a car seat.
  • Patients using a taxi service must be accompanied by a family member or responsible party.

During Recovery

  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages, including beer, for at least 24 hours or while taking pain medication.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery, power tools, etc. for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not sign legal documents or make critical decisions for at least 24 hours.
  • You may experience lightheadedness, dizziness or sleepiness from the surgery and/or use of pain medication, so be careful when walking, especially on stairs.
  • Rest at home with light activity for 24 hours.
  • Please have a responsible adult stay with you for at least the first 24 hours.
  • Your surgeon and the nurse caring for you in the recovery room will provide you with post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest and medication.
  • A follow up phone call will be made to check on your condition.
  • In the event of any problems after you are home, call your surgeon immediately.

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