Planning for Surgery

Research shows that when people take an active role in their care, they simply get better results. It’s important to ask lots of questions and fully understand the surgical process. Outpatient surgery involves many steps which are designed to maximize patient safety and comfort. It’s important that our patients realize the role that they have in this process, and make effort to educate themselves when preparing for outpatient surgery.

Should I arrange a ride to Wilshire Surgery Center?

Yes. You will not be allowed to drive following your procedure. Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and for someone to be with you when you arrive.

What can I do to help prevent a surgical site infection?

Take a shower the night before and the morning of surgery. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Wash your hair first with any shampoo.
  2. Wash all of your body using a liquid antibacterial soap and a clean washcloth.
  3. Rinse well to remove all soap.
  4. Dry your body with a clean towel.
  5. Do not use lotion, cream or powder.
  6. Do not shave or clip the area where the surgery will be done unless your physician directs you to do so.
  7. On the day of your procedure make sure you, your family and any other caregivers wash hands frequently while at the facility and at home following your surgery.
  8. After your procedure make sure you, your family and any other caregivers wash their hands frequently.  Also, be sure you follow all instructions provided by your health care team regarding the care and cleaning of your surgical site as well as the administration of post-operative medications and bandages.

What tests are required prior to my surgery?

Any pre-operative tests will be determined by your physician or anesthesiologist and communicated to you prior to the date of your surgery.

What if I think that I may be pregnant?

Please be sure to notify your physician, anesthesiologist and nurse prior to the date of surgery if you think you may be pregnant. The surgical procedure, anesthesia and medications may be harmful to a developing baby.

Will I be contacted by Wilshire Surgery Center prior to my surgery?

You will be contacted a few days prior to surgery by a member of our nursing staff. This call will include a routine health assessment, instructions for the day of surgery, and answers to any questions you may have. You may also be contacted by someone in the our business office to address financial matters such as your responsibility for co-payments and deductibles. Finally, you may also be contacted by your anesthesiologist.

What should I bring?

1. Please bring a photo identification and your insurance card(s). Our staff will need to verify and make copies when you check-in on the day of your surgery.
2. Be sure to bring any medications that you may need during your stay at the facility (e.g., inhaler or insulin).
3. Please bring a list of all drugs you are currently taking.
4. Please bring payment of any patient responsibility (e.g. co-payment or deductible)
5. Please do not bring rings, watches, or other valuables.

What may I eat or drink before my procedure?

Your physician or a pre-operative nurse will inform you of eating and drinking restrictions prior to surgery. It is very important that you follow the provided instructions.  If you do not, your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.

Should I take my routine medications on the day of my surgery?

You will be given instructions regarding medications by your physician or a staff member. Also, as noted above, please be prepared to list all medications (including name and dose) you are taking and to bring any with you that may be needed during your stay (e.g., inhaler or insulin).

What can I do to help ensure that I have the proper procedure on the correct site?

Your safety is our primary concern. Your entire health care team will follow rigorous guidelines regarding surgical site identification and procedure confirmation. National Patient Safety Goals have been developed which require your involvement too. You will be asked numerous times to confirm both the procedure you are having and the surgical site location. You should take a very active role in all discussions with your physician, your anesthesia provider and our staff regarding the identification of your procedure and the correct surgical site.  In most cases, your surgeon will mark the site prior to your procedure.