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Welcome to Broward Health Imperial Point's Same Day Surgery educational page.

The purpose of this page is to provide pre-surgical information for surgical outpatients and surgical patients who will be admitted the morning of their surgery and stay in the hospital overnight.

This information is general. You will receive information and education specific to you and your procedure from the pre-surgical registered nurse who will contact you prior to surgery. During this call, the nurse will obtain information over the telephone or set up an appointment for you to see the nurse at the hospital. You may call the Same Day Surgery Nurse at 954-776-8535 to set up an appointment.

Our highly skilled professional staff will ensure you receive safe, high quality care and make your visit as pleasant and convenient as possible. The pre-surgical nurse will call you prior to surgery to set up a telephone or a hospital appointment to discuss your individual medical history and provide education for your specific procedure.

Your questions and concerns are important. PLEASE SPEAK UP IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

Before the Day of Surgery

The scheduling of your operation is handled by the surgeon's office. Please follow your surgeon's instructions carefully. Your surgeon may require specific tests and/or X-rays to be performed prior to surgery. Don't hesitate to call your surgeon if you have any questions or have difficulty completing tests ordered for you.

Your Role in Preparing for Surgery

These instructions are important and need to be followed to ensure your safety.

  • Be sure to tell your surgeon if you are taking blood thinner medication, aspirin or aspirin products on a regular basis. You will be instructed on when to discontinue use.
  • Bring a list of your medications with you to the hospital along with information on dosage and how often it is taken.
  • If you routinely take blood pressure, heart and/or diabetic medications, check with your surgeon to see if you should take it the morning prior to coming to the hospital. Be sure to take with only a small sip water.
  • Bring all test results that you may have.
  • If you feel ill or experience any physical changes in your condition, please contact your surgeon immediately.

MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR A COMPETENT ADULT TO ACCOMPANY YOU HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL AND TO ASSIST YOU AS YOU RECUPERATE.

  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) after midnight the night prior to your surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) on the morning of surgery.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Refrain from smoking at least 24 hours prior to surgery. IPMC is a smoke-free facility.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for at least 48 hours prior to surgery.

The Day of Surgery

  • Your surgeon may have instructed you to take certain medications in the morning prior to coming to the hospital. Do so with a small sip of water.
  • Remember not to eat or drink.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothes and flat-heeled shoes.
  • Do not wear face or eye makeup.
  • Do not wear perfume or body powder.
  • Remove all jewelry including body piercings before coming to the hospital.
  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • Bring identification and insurance cards.
  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany a minor to the hospital. Please bring proof of guardianship with you. A parent or legal guardian must remain at the hospital until the minor is discharged.

A RESPONSIBLE ADULT MUST ACCOMPANY YOU HOME EVEN IF YOU ARE USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

Failure to comply with these instructions may result in delay or cancellation of your procedure.

Arriving at the Hospital

  • You will be asked to arrive two hours prior to your planned procedure UNLESS your surgeon has directed you differently.
  • Please park in the outpatient parking area provided near the main entrance.
  • Enter through the main entrance lobby and sign in at the registration desk.
  • A patient identification band will be placed on your arm for your safety. Please check to see that it contains accurate information. Your ID band will be checked frequently as you progress through outpatient surgery.
  • If you have guardianship papers, health care surrogate papers, or a Living Will, please bring to the hospital with you and a copy will be placed on your chart.
  • If you are to be admitted to the hospital after surgery you may bring an overnight bag with personal items such as robe, slippers, etc.

Before Your Operation

  • To ensure your safety, all health care providers you encounter will be checking for correct identification, the presence of allergies, the planned procedure, and surgical site marking.
  • In the pre-operative area of Same Day Surgery, the registered nurse will check your identification band for accuracy and place the appropriate allergy band on your wrist.
  • Informed consent for your surgical procedure will be obtained after the surgeon has explained the procedure and answered questions to your satisfaction.
  • You will change into a hospital gown and have your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respirations, temperature and oxygen saturation) recorded.
  • Your pre-operative assessment and education will be completed by your nurse.
  • Your individual needs will be attended to and any questions you may have will be answered.
  • You will speak with your anesthesiologist about your plan of care.
  • Your surgical procedure will be verified and the surgical site marked.
  • An intravenous line (IV) will be started for your prescribed IV fluids and medications.
  • You will receive sedation medication.
  • You will be taken to the operating room on a stretcher by the operating room registered nurse who will remain with you during your operation.
  • You will return to the outpatient area when you have recovered from anesthesia. If you are remaining in the hospital overnight you will be taken to your assigned room after you recover from anesthesia.

Outpatient Information

The time you will need to stay after your operation varies, depending on the type of your surgery, anesthesia, and medical condition.

Before you are discharged you will:

  • Be encouraged to drink fluids as tolerated
  • Walk short distances with assistance
  • Rest in a comfortable recliner until ready for discharge
  • Receive and understand discharge instructions and information
  • Have all questions answered and plan of care for home clarified
  • Be given prescriptions for medications from your surgeon
  • Your nurse will provide printed information on any newly prescribed medications and provide information on resuming your medications at home.

Pain Management

It is possible that you will experience some pain/discomfort. Pain and discomfort will decrease throughout the healing process. Pain medication will be provided to minimize your discomfort and promote your recovery.

Your pain is real and only you know how it feels. Please tell the nurse where it hurts and how strong the pain is. Your nurse will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0-10, with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain. Your nurse will provide medication to control your pain based on your pain rating. Other comfort measures such as ice packs and positioning will be used as ordered. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible, and we are successful in meeting this goal.

To control pain after discharge at home, use your pain medications as prescribed by your surgeon. If activity increases your pain, try to take pain medication prior to activity. Notify your physician if your pain is not relieved.

Recovery at Home

Follow your surgeon's orders.

Your nurse will explain your specific discharge instructions and provide you with a written copy to take home. These will include possible "danger signals" to watch for and to notify your surgeon if any of the following occur:

  • Excessive swelling/bleeding/drainage at the operative site
  • Temperature (oral) above 101 degrees
  • Excessive pain and nausea

The Same Day Surgery nurse will call you the day following surgery to check on your progress.

Here are some general reminders:

  • Plan to spend the remainder of the day resting at home with a supportive adult. It may be several days before you feel like resuming your normal schedule.
  • Do not drive for 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Begin meals with clear liquids and progress to solid foods as tolerated (unless otherwise instructed by your physician).
  • The sedatives you received during your surgery may affect your memory and mental judgment for the next 24 hours. Avoid the following activities during that period:
    • Refrain from using alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.
    • Do not make important business or personal decisions.
    • Avoid using machinery/electrical equipment.

Family Visitors

A comfortable waiting room is provided near the Same Day Surgery area. The hospital cafeteria located on the first floor is open to the public. You may have visitors prior to your surgery and after returning from the recovery room. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted in Same Day Surgery. A volunteer in the waiting room will assist your family and provide updates regarding your status at regular intervals. The surgeon will speak to your family in the waiting room after surgery. Due to the hospital's extensive telecommunications structure, cell phones are often inaccessible. Family/visitors should not rely on them as a means of communication.

Financial Information

The registration office will contact you by phone prior to surgery to obtain necessary information and let you know of any financial obligations that may need to be met.

Thank you

The Same Day Surgery staff is pleased that you have selected Broward Health Imperial Point for your health care needs. If you have any questions please call the Same Day Surgery nurse at 954-776-8535, Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm.