These are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you do not see an answer to your question below, please call the surgery center at 727-724-5653.
QUESTION: What can I eat and drink?
ANSWER: The patient may have nothing to eat for 8 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time. You may drink water only up to 4 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time.
QUESTION: What should I expect when I arrive at the Center?
ANSWER: You should arrive at the Surgery Center promptly at the arrival time given to you by the Surgery Center nurse. Please bring a list of all current medications (include strength and dosage). Also, bring your Photo ID and current insurance cards and copay, coinsurance and/or deductible if applicable.
A health history and/or brief physical exam may take place before surgery. An IV catheter will be placed for administration of medication.
QUESTION: What should I wear?
ANSWER: Wear loose, comfortable casual clothing. Remove your contact lenses. Bring your glasses and a case to put them in. Do not apply lotions or moisturizers. Remove nail polish. Leave your jewelry and valuables at home. Remove all body piercings.
QUESTION: What happens after my surgery?
ANSWER: After surgery, you will be given instructions. You may experience a slight increase in discomfort after the procedure that will improve within 24-48 hours. Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home. You will not be allowed to drive a vehicle from the Center.
QUESTION: What precautions should I take after I’m home?
ANSWER: Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, and medications. Your activities may be restricted for a period of time. We also recommend that you postpone the following activities for 24 hours after discharge:
- Driving and operating equipment
- Signing important papers
- Making significant decisions
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
QUESTION: Should I take my daily medications?
ANSWER: Some medications need to be taken. If you are taking medications, please check with one of our nurses prior to your surgery for instruction.