Frequently Asked Questions
How early should I arrive before my procedure/surgery start time?
Usually we ask that you arrive one hour prior to the time of your procedure/surgery. Your arrival time will be confirmed during your preoperative phone call.
What should I bring with me the day of my procedure/surgery?
The business office will need your insurance cards, a photo ID and any payment due at the time of service. You should bring y our glasses and hearing aids with their cases for storage and any medications requested by your nurse. Wear loose fitting clothes. Please leave all jewelry including body piercing items at home.
How long do I have to stay after my procedure/surgery?
Recovery time is a very individual matter but usually lasts 30 minutes to 2 hours. Your physician or anesthesiologist will determine your length of stay. Your nurse will let you know when you are medically ready to leave the Center.
Do I need a ride home?
Yes. You must have a responsible adult take you home if you receive anesthesia or sedation. You may take a taxi or bus home only if you have a responsible adult with you. If you are having a local anesthetic you may be allowed to drive yourself. Our preoperative nurse will discuss your options with you during the preoperative phone call.
It is important to make arrangements for a ride home well in advance of your procedure/surgery. If you do not have a ride home your case will be cancelled. This policy is in place for your safety.
Q. Is it true it costs less to have surgery at a Surgery Center?
A. Charges at a surgery center are based on freestanding surgery center guidelines, which are typically less expensive than a comparable surgery in a hospital setting. In most cases you will p ay less coinsurance for procedures performed in a freestanding surgery center when compared to a hospital setting.
Q. What should I expect after my procedure/surgery?
A. After your procedure/surgery you will be taken to the phase I post anesthesia care unit. Here you will be monitored and assessed by a registered nurse (RN). When you are awake and ready you will be transferred to phase II recovery and assisted to a lounge chair. In phase II you will be offered a snack and something to drink. Your family member or friend will be brought in to sit with you and your nurse will give you your instructions for your care at home. If you would prefer not to have anyone with you during your recovery, please inform the preoperative nurse before your procedure/surgery.
If you are having light sedation or a local anesthetic you will go directly to phase II for recovery.
Q. What should I do if I develop signs of an illness (cough, cold, fever) before my procedure/surgery?
A. If there are any changes in your health, please contact the Surgery Center and your physician as soon as possible. It is important that you are healthy before your procedure/surgery to aid in your recovery.
Q. I take daily medications. Which medications should I take before my procedure/surgery?
A. It is important to inform your nurse during your pre-operative phone call of al your daily medications including herbal medications and vitamins. During your pre-operative phone the nurse will advise you which medications to take before your procedure/surgery and which medications should be stopped. Please bring inhalers with you the day of your procedure/surgery.
Q. Who will administer my anesthesia?
A. Board Certified Anesthesiologists administer anesthesia at the Sheboygan Surgery Center.
If you are having local anesthesia, your surgeon will administer the local anesthetic.
If you are having a GI procedure (colonoscopy or gastroscopy) your doctor will direct your conscious sedation.