Patient Guide

In Outpatient Surgery

Your instructed arrival time will be at least one to two hours prior to your scheduled surgery time.  We need that time to allow for the following:

  • Check in. Our registration staff will confirm your address and insurance information so that we can bill your insurance company for you.

  • You will be asked to read and sign any consent forms needed for your surgery.

  • An ID bracelet with your name on it will be placed on your arm; you will wear this bracelet until you go home.

  • You will be taken to a surgery preparation area where you will change into a hospital gown.

Typically, surgery will be about 60 to 90 minutes after you have registered. The extra time just before your surgery allows our staffto talk to you about your health as well as you will receive information from the nurse regarding what you can expect during your surgical experience.

  • We will complete any last minute tests, to draw blood, complete lab work, or an EKG, if necessary, and start an IV (intravenous) catheter if needed.

  • A pregnancy test will be done on all females of childbearing age.

  • You and the anesthesiologist will discuss the risks and benefits associated with the different anesthesia options. The type of anesthesia you will receive will depend on your general health, the type of surgery you are having, as well as your preferences.

  • Your clothes will be placed in a locker or pre-operative room during your procedure. Any valuables you may have forgotten to leave at home will be given to a family member for safekeeping. The AMPSC will not be responsible for lost articles accidentally left in the lockers or pre-operative room.

  • You can expect your entire stay at AMPSC to be three to five hours. It is possible that unforeseen emergencies may delay your surgery.

  • After these procedures are complete, two family members may be allowed to sit with you until the operating room is ready.

  • In order to maintain a quiet, calm environment for our patients it is recommended to leave children at home.

  • During your surgery, your family members and friends may wait in the waiting room. They will be notified when the doctor has finished the surgery and is ready to speak with them.