Keystone SurgiCenter is an ambulatory surgical facility dedicated to providing high quality, cost-effective outpatient surgical services in a safe, friendly, and patient-oriented environment. Our facility has been carefully developed to provide our patients with the highest quality of care in a comfortable and convenient surrounding. Our center strives to provide personalized attention that meets your specific needs.
Once you have made the decision to undergo a procedure in our center, a staff member will assist you in obtaining necessary medical information as well as finalizing any financial arrangements. Our staff will work with your insurance provider as much as possible in order to ensure that you are receiving the maximum amount of coverage possible for your procedure.
Preparing for Surgery
You will have a pre-operative appointment with your physician prior to surgery. Our pre-operative nurse will also meet with you to complete a medical evaluation and review instructions, and answer any questions you may have prior to your procedure.
Please bring a list of your current medications (names and dosages) and have this available for your nurse. Please notify your nurse if you are currently taking any medication that acts as a blood thinner in addition to any diet pills or vitamins that you have taken within the last month. Upon discharge, your physician will give you instructions on which medications to take and which medications will be discontinued.
Should you have any additional questions regarding your procedure or recovery, please feel free to call your physician’s office or a nurse at our center in order to discuss them.
If you must cancel your procedure, or you experience any changes in the condition of your health at any point before your surgery. Please contact our office or your physician’s office as soon as possible.
Things to Remember Before Your Surgery
- Do not eat or drink (not even water), or chew gum after midnight the day before surgery. If you have been instructed to take important medication, take no more than a sip of water and no later than 2 hours prior to surgery. If you eat or drink after midnight, your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
- Do not wear makeup, hairpins, contact lens, watches, or removable jewelry or body piercings. If you wear a wig or hair pieces please remove prior to your procedure.
- You may be asked to remove dentures and other non-permanent items.
- You may be asked to remove undergarments before your procedure.
- Please leave all valuables, including money, watches, jewelry, and credit cards at home. The surgery center staff will not be held responsible for any lost items.
- Please shower the night before and morning of your procedure as instructed by pre-operative nurse.
When you arrive to Keystone, please sign in at front desk. A nurse will escort you to the pre-op area. The nurse will take your vital signs, and review your medical history. If you have not signed your surgical consent form, you will be asked to do so. Your doctor will be available to answer any questions you may have.
An Anesthesiologist will talk to you on the day of surgery and review your medical history. This is the time to discuss the type of anesthesia to be used and any other questions or concerns you have.
An intravenous (IV) line will be started in the pre-op area. This will be used to administer medications for anesthesia and to IV fluids during surgery.
After you have been taken to the operating room by your nurse, several monitors will be applied to monitor your heart rate and rhythm. Three small sticky patches will be placed on your chest and the blood pressure cuff will remain on your arm.
During your surgery, your family members will be asked to wait in our waiting area.
After surgery, regardless of the type of anesthesia that you receive, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will receive continuous care by a trained recovery room nurse. Your vital signs will be monitored along with any dressing that was applied after surgery.
You may experience blurred vision, dry mouth, chills, and a sore throat. If you experience some discomfort, do not hesitate to ask for pain medication. Be sure to report your pain by scale (0= no pain, 10 = worst pain).
Your family members should be in the waiting area before the end of your surgery time so that the surgeon can speak with them. Your surgeon will let your family know how you are doing and answer questions.
You will be discharge to go home on the day of your surgery. Be sure to arrange for transportation to and from the surgery center by someone 18 years or older. For your safety it is recommended to have someone stay overnight with you after your surgery.
Upon discharge, personalized discharge instructions will be reviewed with you and your accompanying person by the discharging nurse. It is likely that you will not recall much of what is
said; therefore, you will also be provided with a copy of the instructions to take home with you. Keep in mind that it is easier to stay in control of your pain rather than catch up with it. Please fill your prescriptions as soon as possible and take it as directed. While you are on Narcotic pain medication you are advised not to drive, drink alcohol, or perform any activity that requires judgment or coordination.
Please contact your physician’s office if you experience a temperature of 101.0 degrees or above, difficulty or inability to urinate, nausea or vomiting that lasts longer than 24 hours, pain not controlled with medication, increased swelling around the incision, redness or foul smelling drainage from incision, or any excessive bleeding. If you are unable to contact your Physician or their staff and you need immediate medical attention, please go to your nearest emergency room or call 911.
A member of our staff will contact you within a couple days for a follow up call to address any questions or concerns you may have.
We are committed to providing quality patient care. Our professional staff was selected to meet both your physical and emotional needs. Optimal recovery requires your participation and understanding of care.