Your doctor will give you instructions to prepare for the surgery.  The information below should not replace your doctor’s instructions, but it can prepare you for your outpatient surgery experience.

Not all patients require pre-admission testing. If required, your physician will write an order to the lab of your choice.

It is helpful to have a list of your medications available for this call. Include over-the-counter drugs that you routinely take. It might be easier to gather the medicine containers at the time of registration.

If you have any pre-admission questions, please call:
Center for Outpatient Surgery: 304-413-2200

Please do not call these numbers to cancel your procedure. If you wish to cancel, contact your doctor’s office.

We want your visit with us to flow as quickly and smoothly as possible. Please assist us by following these instructions:

  • Nothing to eat or drink prior to midnight unless instructed otherwise
  • NO chewing gum or tobacco use after midnight before your surgery
  • DO NOT wear makeup, nail polish, perfume, hairpins or jewelry on the day of your surgery. This includes piercing jewelry
  • If you wear glasses, contact lenses, dentures or hearing aids, remember to bring protective cases
  • Leave ALL valuables at home

Arrange to have an adult (over the age of 18) to:

  • Drive you home. (You may use public transportation as long as an adult accompanies you.)  Failure to comply may cause your procedure to be cancelled
  • Stay with you for 24 hours after your procedure

Ensure you bring with you the following:

  • Drivers License
  • Insurance Card
  • Emergency Contact
  • Living Will/Medical Power of Attorney, if not already on file.
  • Any payments due
  • Medicare/Medicaid Card (if applicable)

When you arrive at the Ambulatory Surgery Center center, please check in at the front desk.

For directions to the surgery center, please see below:

Pre-Surgery
Before your surgery, you will undergo the admission phase of your stay.  A nurse will  collect your vital signs, such as temperature, pulse, respiratory rate and blood pressure.  After that, you will be brought to a prep room where you will be provided with appropriate clothing.  Before you are taken to the operating room, your anesthesiologist and your surgeon will check in to review the details of your surgery.

After your preparation is complete and your questions have been answered, you will be transported to your procedure room.  Once you arrive, the staff will begin your final surgical prep.

Post-Surgery
When your surgery is complete, you will be taken to a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) or “recovery room” for monitoring and discharge. Once you are fully awake and alert, we will prepare you for discharge.

When you are discharged from the ASC, you will be discharged with verbal and written instructions for your post-operative care at home.

During Surgery: Waiting for the Patient
Different procedures can take different amounts of time.  The doctor will usually give waiting family/friends/caregivers an approximate length of time for the procedure.  The front desk can answer any questions.