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  • 53990 Carmichael Dr. Suite 100
    South Bend, IN 46635
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Before you Arrive

Surgery Preparations

Prior to Your Day of Surgery:

  • If you are on medication, please check with the surgeon prior to your appointment to see whether you should take it the night or morning before your surgery.
  • If you have any health concerns prior to your day of surgery, such as elevations in temperature, a rash, cold or cough, contact your surgeon or the surgery center immediately.
  • If you suspect that you are pregnant, contact your surgeon; medications may be harmful to your developing child.

On the Day of Your Surgery:

  • Shower or bathe to minimize the chance of infection.
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not wear make-up
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to avoid pressure on your surgery site.
  • Wear flat, preferably slip-on shoes.
  • Wear glasses instead of contact lenses.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home.

What to Bring with You:

  • Please arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
  • For children under 18, please limit the number of people who come with you to two parents. For adults, please limit it to only your driver.
  • Please bring a photo ID, such as your driver’s license, and your insurance or Medicare card. You will be asked for your insurance co-pay or deductible payment unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • Bring a list of the medications you are currently taking. We will ask you about any allergies you might have.
  • If appropriate, bring insulin or your inhaler with you.
  • For young children undergoing surgery, please bring a comforting toy, blanket, pacifier or bottle (for after surgery).
  • All minors under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian with them. Legal guardians should bring appropriate documentation.

After Your Surgery:

  • After your surgery, a friend or family member may join you in the Phase II recovery area.
  • When you are fully awake and alert, a staff member will go over specific instructions for your at-home care, and you will be discharged.
  • To be discharged, you must have a driver. You will not be released to drive yourself home if you have been given general anesthesia, sedation or pain medication.



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