Surgery Information

Prior to your procedure, you will be contacted by our office to review your medical history, collect your insurance information and pre-register you for surgery. Please make sure we have the best numbers to reach you for these important calls.

Medical History Call

A registered nurse from the ASC of Spartanburg will call to discuss your medical history, your current list of medications and to determine what preliminary lab work needs to take place. Please feel free to ask any questions or mention concerns you may have regarding your health at this time and expect this conversation to take 15 minutes or more. If you have not received a call by a nurse by 12:00 p.m. the day prior to your procedure date, please call us at (864) 504-3555.

Pre-Registration/Insurance/Billing

The business office will contact you by email, text, or phone prior to your procedure to verify insurance information and let you know your financial responsibility. Any co-payments or uncovered fees will be required to be paid at that time.

Please contact your physician’s office if for any reason you cannot keep your scheduled appointment for surgery. If you are experiencing any changes in your health such as a cough, fever, or cold….or suspect that you are pregnant, please notify your physician immediately.

To Prepare You For Surgery :

The night before your surgery:

  • Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery, including gum, water, mints, or vitamins. This fasting is very important for your safety. If you do not follow these instructions, your procedure may be delayed or rescheduled.
  • If you are taking medications, the nurses will instruct you which medication to take based on the anesthesiologist recommendations.
  • If you are scheduled for orthopedic or podiatry cases, please notify your nurse if you have a walker, wheelchair, crutches or postop boot or shoe. You will need these items post-operatively.

If your child is having surgery:

  • Your anesthesiologist will discuss special feeding instructions.
  • On the day of your surgery, one parent must always remain at the center.
  • Please bring diapers and a bottle or sippy cup.
  • Your child may keep a small toy or special item with him/her for comfort.

The morning of your surgery:

  • Please bring your ID, insurance cards and any paperwork instructed by the physician’s office. Please leave all other valuables and jewelry at home. ASCS is not responsible for lost articles.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, unless you have been given special instructions stating otherwise.
  • Do not wear jewelry, watches, makeup or nail polish.
  • If you wear contact lenses, please bring a case with you as well as glasses.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that you can change easily and that will not bind the site of your surgery.
  • YOU MUST HAVE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT IN THE BUILDING THE ENTIRE TIME YOU ARE AT ASCS. In case of an emergency, this individual will make decisions for you.
  • You must have a ride home with someone 18 years or older and arrange for someone to stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure.
  • Parents accompanying minor children will be required to wear a matching name bracelet with your child’s name on it for identification purposes.
  • If you are diabetic, we will take your blood sugar upon arrival. If you take insulin, bring it with you.
  • If you use inhalers, please bring them with you.

** Your anesthesiologist will discuss your procedure with you, tell you exactly what will happen before, during and after surgery and answer any remaining questions you may have.

On The Day of Surgery

Before Your Procedure:

Your arrival time is determined by your physician’s schedule for the day, as well as the time it takes to prepare you for surgery. Your wait time, preoperatively, may be up to an hour, and in rare cases over an hour.
You will be called back to the pre-operative area when it is time for your procedure. Visitors may come back and sit with you until it is time for your procedure.

It is our policy that parents/family members cannot accompany patients to the Operating Room area. Separation anxiety is common in small children, especially ages 15 months to 7 years. Our staff have been educated on age specific concerns and behaviors and will help your child through the stressful preoperative period.

Each person who takes part in your care will ask most of the same questions such as: “What procedure are we doing today?”, “Are you allergic to any medications, etc..?”. The questions are necessary for your safety. Please be patient with the staff that are asking these questions.

Recovery After Your Procedure:

Stages of Recovery:

  1. 1st Stage Recovery is for patients who have undergone general anesthesia and require one-on-one attention. All pediatric patients go to 1st
  2. 2nd Stage Recovery is the area from which all patient’s will be discharged. In 2nd Stage recovery, 2 visitors are allowed to come and stay with you until discharge.

Post-Operative pain is common in surgical procedures. The nurses in the recovery room will ask you to rate your pain level on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being no pain and 10 being severe pain. We will do our best to make you comfortable during your recovery.

Pediatric patients often wake up agitated and crying. This is normal response in children who have had surgery. If you have concerns about your child’s behavior after surgery, please feel free to speak to your nurse or physician.

You will be given post-operative instructions following your procedure. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact your physician’s office for further clarification.

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