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Before My Surgery

The staff of the SurgeCenter of Louisville are pleased you and your physician have chosen our facility for your surgery or procedure.  You are our valued guest; our staff would like for you to feel relaxed, confident and as comfortable as possible
You will receive a call from our pre-operative staff to obtain information about your health history and current medication usage.  Please plan to have this information handy when the nurse calls.  You will be given specific information regarding your medications, food and fluid intake and what time to arrive during this call.  Please be aware, for most procedures, your arrival time will be 1 to 1 ½ hours before your scheduled surgery time.

You may call our pre-operative staff at any time with questions or concerns at 502-213-0543.

The following is a list of general guidelines for surgical patients, to avoid a delay or cancellation of your surgery.


Food and Drink

Please do not eat or drink after midnight, the night before your procedure or surgery, unless instructed otherwise during your pre-operative call.

Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before your arrival.

No smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.

Contact Lens and Glasses
Please bring a case for your glasses.  If you wear contact lenses, be aware that you will not be permitted to wear them for most surgical procedures.  Please bring a case and solution for storage.

Makeup and Nail Polish
Do not wear make-up.  Remove nail polish.  Clear nail polish is acceptable on fingernails.  You do not need to remove toe nail polish unless instructed to do so by your surgeon.

Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Please do not bring valuables with you. 

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Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, non-steriod anti-inflammatory agents, vitamins, or herbal medicines.  These medications may need to be discontinued one to two weeks prior to your surgery.  Please discuss this with your surgeon. 

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare and/or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Caregiver: In most cases, for your protection, someone must stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery. 
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read or speak English or if the patient communicates with sign language, an interpreter is required.  If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the pre-operative department at 502-213-0543 as soon as possible. 

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