The Day Before Surgery

Arrival time at West Tennessee Surgery Center

Most patients will arrive on the day of surgery at staggered times to better meet the needs of all patients/families. We strive to lessen the amount of time you must wait prior to your procedure. Some patients will be asked to call the afternoon before their surgery to confirm a time to arrive for surgery. Those patients are given specific instructions pertaining to the number to call and when to call. All other patients are given instructions from their surgeon’s office pertaining to arrival time. 

Illness

Please notify your physician if you or your child (whomever is having the procedure) has a cold, respiratory infection, or any other illness within a week of surgery.

Food

Food or liquid is not allowed after midnight the day before a surgery procedure unless your surgeon instructed you otherwise.

Medication


Medication use on the day of surgery will be discussed by your surgeon. Please bring all medications with you to your preadmission visit.

Instructions for children

Patients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The anesthesiologist (person who will put them to sleep during the procedure) will speak to the patient and parent prior to surgery. One parent must remain in the building at all times, even when the child is in surgery or recovery. The child may bring a favorite toy, books, or electronic toy to help pass the time. Please make child care arrangements for other children.

Plan for getting home

You must arrange for someone to drive and escort you all the way to your residence.  Drugs, including anesthesia, can alter your judgment and affect your reactions.  You will need someone to drive and escort you home to avoid injury to yourself and others. We recommend having a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.

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West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.