Preparing for Surgery

The questions below will help you prepare for the time before, during, and after your procedure.

What tests are required prior to my procedure?

Prior to the date of your surgery, your surgeon, personal physician, or anesthesiologist will communicate with you about any necessary pre-operative tests. Whenever possible, we request testing be completed at least seven (7) days in advance to allow time in the event any further information/testing is required. Additionally, all women of childbearing age are required to have a pregnancy test prior to administering anesthesia. A urine specimen will be required when you enter the pre-op area. In light of this, we remind you not to empty your bladder just prior to arrival.

Will DASC contact me prior to my procedure?

You may receive several calls prior to your procedure. In order to gather your necessary health history, we ask that you register by clicking the link to One Medical Passport. Once your information has been reviewed by our pre-admission staff, you may be contacted for any further information or clarification, as needed. We will also review your instructions for your surgical day, and answer any questions you may have. You may also be contacted by someone in our business/insurance office to address financial matters such as your responsibility for co-payments and deductibles.

What should I bring the day of my procedure?
  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card
  • Payment of any patient responsibility (e.g. co-payment or deductible)
  • Advance directives, if applicable
  • List of current medications
  • Respiratory inhalers, if prescribed
  • Medical equipment ordered by physician to be used after surgery (e.g. crutches, slings, post-op boot, post-op shoe, etc.)
Do I need to arrange a ride for my procedure?

Yes, any time anesthetic agents are administered, you will be required to refrain from driving for 24 hours after. Therefore, we must insist you have a responsible adult, 18 years of age or older, to drive you home, and someone to be home with you the rest of the day.

What may I eat and drink before my procedure?

In most cases, your anesthesiologist requires that you have nothing by mouth after midnight the night before your procedure. This includes chewing gum, hard candy, breath mints, and water. You will be notified if there are any exceptions to this. It is very important to follow these guidelines as not doing so may result in the postponement or cancellation of your procedure. It would be beneficial to increase your liquid intake the day before your surgery to help minimize the discomfort of fasting and to aid with IV placement.