What to Expect

We understand surgery can bring on anxiety with questions regarding your procedure. We want you to have a comfortable stay and as quick a recovery as possible. With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide to help you know what to expect before, during and after your procedure.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (316) 440-3200.

Before Your Procedure

Payment

Payment is required prior to surgery at the Andover Surgery Center. We accept all major insurance plans as well as Care Credit. We will apply your insurance benefits to the estimated cost of your care and provide an estimate for the facility fee and anesthesia fee. The surgeon will bill separately for his or her services.

If you haven’t already, please call (316) 440-3200 to make financial arrangements.

Confirmation

A member of our staff will attempt to contact you 1-2 business days prior to surgery to obtain personal information, confirm your arrival time, and answer any questions you have. If you haven’t heard from us by 2:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled surgery, please call us at (316) 440-3200.

Medications

Be sure to talk with your doctor about any daily medications you’re taking, especially for heart, diabetes or blood pressure management. Be sure to mention any over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, Buerin, Nuprin, Advil (ibuprofen), Tylenol (acetaminophen), Motrin, etc. Your doctor may give you specific instructions about taking any medication prior to your procedure.

If you are on blood thinners, consult your prescribing physician regarding instructions prior to stopping!

Notify Your Doctor If…

Contact your doctor’s office immediately for any of the following reasons:

  • You cannot keep your scheduled appointment for surgery
  • You suspect you are pregnant
  • You experience any change in your health (cough, fever, cold, etc.)

The Night Before Your Procedure

For your safety, DO NOT eat or drink anything after 12:00 a.m. (midnight) the night
before your procedure. This includes water, liquids, gum, hard candy, or prescription medications, unless instructed by your doctor or a healthcare professional from our facility.

Noncompliance with these instructions may result in cancellation or postponement of
your surgery.

Items to Bring the Day of Surgery

Have these items gathered and ready to go beforehand so there’s no stress or delay on the day of your surgery.

  • Government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.)
  • Insurance card(s)
  • Medication list to include over the counter medications, vitamins and herbals
  • CPAP/BiPAP

Day of Surgery

  • Bathe or shower the morning of your procedure to minimize the risk of infection.
  • You may brush your teeth and/or use mouthwash, but please do not swallow any water.
  • NO SMOKING/VAPING/TOBACCO USE the night before and morning of your procedure.
  • Notify the surgery center if you have any change in health such as a fever or cold.
  • Please leave jewelry and all other valuables at home for safekeeping. The Center does not have lockers.
  • Take all piercings out and arrange for plastic posts if needed.
  • Contact lenses or dentures cannot be worn during surgery. You will be asked to remove them prior to your procedure.
  • Please bring a case and/or solution to keep them protected during surgery.
  • Please bring eyeglasses if needed for reading.
  • Please bring a rescue inhaler if needed or advised by a medical professional.
  • Please wear casual, loose-fitting clothing the day of your surgery.
  • Out of respect for facility space constraints, we request that no more than two individuals accompany you back to the pre-operative and post-operative areas.

You must have a responsible adult to drive you to and from the surgery center, remain in the facility during the procedure, and stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure. If you do not have someone present with you, your procedure will be cancelled. We cannot release you to public, non-medical transportation such as a taxi, bus, or Uber. Please plan accordingly.

Pediatric Patients

If you are a legal guardian you must bring a notarized proof of guardianship. All guardians/parents must remain in the facility until the patient is discharged. You are encouraged to bring a favorite stuffed animal or blanket. You may also bring a bottle or a sippy cup for use after surgery.

Pediatric Eating/Drinking Guidelines (12 years of age or younger)

  • Clear Liquids: Up to 4 hours prior to procedure
  • Breast Milk: Up to 4 hours prior to procedure
  • Formula, Milk or Solid Food: Up to 6 hours prior to procedure

After Surgery

Post-operative instructions and any prescription(s) written by your surgeon will be reviewed with you by a recovery room nurse prior to your discharge home.

During the next 24 hours following surgery do not:

  • Drink alcoholic beverages
  • Drive or operate machinery
  • Make any important decisions
  • Sign any legal documents

Please do not hesitate to call your doctor for any problems or concerns that arise after your surgery.

You will be provided a patient satisfaction survey and self-addressed envelope in your discharge paperwork. Please take the time to complete it and send it back, as your feedback is very important to us. We welcome any suggestions that you may have to improve our process.