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Ambulatory Surgery Center
Better still, our nurses are certified by the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
On the Day of your Surgery
You will be required to arrive 1 hour prior to your scheduled surgery time.
Patients are discharged via the west entrance, vehicle parking available.
- Shower or bathe the night before or the morning of surgery.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.
- Leave valuables and jewelry at home.
- Bring photo identification and your insurance card.
- Bring cases for glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, or dentures.
- They may be removed prior to your procedure.
After Your Surgery
During your stay in our outpatient surgery center, you may have one visitor at a time.
Once your child has arrived in recovery and is awake, you may come into recovery to be with them. Our recovery room nurse will take care of your child until he awakens.
Before Leaving Our Ambulatory Surgery Center
You must have a ride home. Do not operate any machinery or sign any legal documents for at least 24 hours. You’ll need to have made arrangements for someone to take you home since you cannot drive. You also need to avoid alcoholic beverages in the first 24 hours or when taking pain medications.
YOUR DAY OF DISCHARGE:
NAUSEA & VOMITING:
WHEN TO CALL:
At any time during your discharge, if you have ANY questions or concerns, please let your recovery nurse know!
THE DAY AFTER:
You will receive a survey by mail regarding your stay. We appreciate you completing the survey. Your opinions are very important to us and will help us improve our services.
Interventional Pain Management Post Procedure Instructions
You may have increased discomfort or muscle spasms for the next few days. For the first 24 hours, you may use oral pain medications and/or ice to decrease the discomfort. After 24 hours, you may use either heat or ice for 20 minutes only, every hour. (trial patients, nothing until leads are removed)
If you have received a steroid injection, common temporary side effects that you may experience over the next 3-7 days after your injection may include: Increased appetite, muscle weakness, night sweats, mild weight gain, mild flushing, increased blood sugar, increased peptic ulcer symptoms, neck pain, low grade headache and/or irritability, insomnia.
Other Procedural Information:
Epidural, SI Joint, Shoulder or Knee Joint, Steroid Injections
Medial Branch Block
This is a diagnostic (test) injection prior to a Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). Results are typically noticed immediately. These will usually provide pain relief for 6 hours or more. If this is the case, please call the office to schedule your RFA if you are not currently scheduled. Please note that some insurances require 2 diagnostic blocks before an ablation.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
This is a procedure that cauterizes, or burns, the medial branch nerves. It is NORMAL to have increased pain, redness, warmth or numbness over the area for up to 6-8 weeks.
IF YOU DEVELOP ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY:
- Redness, bleeding, and/or swelling at the injection site
- Fever, over 101
- Sudden dramatic increase of pain
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Loss or decrease of feeling in extremities
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control or new onset of difficulty urinating
- Severe headache
**IF DIFFICULTY BREATHING OR CHEST PAIN, GO TO LOCAL ER IMMEDIATELY.
Special-COVID 19 Precautions
a. Starting Monday July 13, 2020, testing will be done outside the summit surgery center at 18653 Wedge Pkwy. It is a drive -up.
b. Once you arrive to the drive-up area, please call 775 674-5200 and a nurse will come out to greet you and take the test sample.
c. Bring your photo ID and insurance card.
d. Hours of Operation: T, Th, F 10am-2pm drop-in
2. Once tested, you must self-quarantine until your procedure date. You cannot go to work, church, or any stores. Please stay home until you come to the center for your procedure.
a. During those 5-7 days, please take and record your temperature twice a day.
b. Bring your temperature log with you on the day of surgery.
3. You will complete a pre-screening questionnaire by phone and on the day of surgery.
4. Please bring and wear a mask when entering the facility.
5. Only one (1) visitor may accompany the patient. Please have them drop you off and be available by phone in case there is a change to your procedure.
6. For pediatric patients we do require that one parent stays in the building. Please bring something to do or read. We no longer have magazines available.
7. We will provide written discharge instructions and go over those instructions in the parking lot with your visitor. On occasion, the nurse may ask the visitor to come to recovery to receive the discharge instructions. Please have the visitor also bring a mask.
8. Physicians will call your designated family/friend after surgery with an update. We will ask you for that phone number upon admission. Make sure you have it available and ready to accept calls.