Surgery Instructions

  • Please arrive promptly at C-Med Ambulatory Surgery Center.  A nurse will verify your arrival time the day prior to your procedure.
  • Bring your Driver’s License or Photo ID, all insurance cards and a completed Registration Form.
  • Bring your copay, coinsurance and/or deductible (if applicable).
  • Bring any X-ray films, CT scans and/or MRI scans that are in your possession with you on the day of your procedure.
  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING for 8 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time.  You may drink water up to 4 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time.
  • ARRANGE FOR A RESPONSIBLE ADULT (18 years or older) TO DRIVE YOU HOME AND STAY WITH YOU AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE.  You will not be allowed to drive a vehicle from the Surgery Center.
  • If you should develop health changes (i.e. fever, cough, cold or flu) between your most recent visit to your physician and your scheduled procedure, contact your physician.
  • Some medications need to be taken.  You may be asked by the nurse to take specific prescribed medications the morning of your procedure with a small sip of water.  Check with your physician for instructions if you are taking nsaids (such as aspirins, Aleve, Advil, Ibuprofen), or blood thinning medications (such as Plavix, Coumadin).  You may be instructed to stop taking these for several days prior to your procedure.
  • Bring a list of all medications you are currently taking (include the strength and dosage of each medication).
  • Due to the use of Fluoroscopy and anesthesia medications, females may be asked to provide a urine specimen on admission for a pregnancy test.
  • Bathe or shower the morning of surgery.  Do not apply lotions or moisturizers.  Remove make-up and nail polish.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes that can easily slip over bandages, arms, legs or your head.
  • Remove your contact lenses. Bring your glasses and a case to put them in.
  • Leave your jewelry and valuables at home.  Remove all body piercings.



  • Anesthesia affects every person differently.  It is important that you not drive or operate any equipment, sign important papers, make significant decisions or drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after surgery.
  • You may experience a slight increase in discomfort after the procedure that will improve over the next 24-48 hours.
  • Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions regarding your diet, activity and medications.