What do I do the day before surgery?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. Also, do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery. Please follow any other specific instructions your surgeon or our staff may have given you.

Will someone confirm my surgery date and time?

Yes, someone from Bon Air Surgery Center will call you a day or two before your scheduled surgery to confirm the date and time.

What should I do if I need to cancel my surgery?

Please call the Surgery Center and your physician as soon as possible. Our phone number is 415-925-1030. If you call after hours, please leave a message.

Will my insurance company cover my surgery?

The staff at Bon Air Surgery Center, as well as your physician’s offices, will be able to help you answer some of your questions regarding coverage. Please contact your insurance carrier regarding your specific benefits.

What should I bring the day of my surgery?

On the day of surgery, please bring the following:

  • Insurance card(s)
  • Government Issued Photo ID
  • Form of payment, if you have a co-payment: debit card, credit card, or cashiers check
  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothes and shoes
  • Leave all valuables at home, including jewelry and extra cash
  • List of medication and dosage, including herbal and over counter medications
  • Advance Directive (if you have one)
  • Any requested paperwork
  • Name and phone number of a responsible adult that will pick you up after surgery
  • Case for eyeglasses
  • Small tote bag for your belongings

Should I bathe before surgery?

Yes, please shower the day before and the morning of surgery with an antibacterial soap. Please refrain from using any makeup, body lotions, hair spray, or perfumes. One finger must be left without nail polish.

Can I eat or drink anything before the surgery?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of surgery. Also, do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.

Should I take my regular medications on the day of the surgery?

The anesthesiologist will contact you prior to your surgery to discuss your health information and to obtain a list of medications you are taking.  This will also include any herbal medications or tea. The anesthesiologist will discuss any medication that you will continue to take and which medications you will be required to stop prior to surgery.

Will my family be able to visit me after my procedure?

Due to privacy needs and patients reporting feeling overwhelmed after surgery, we suggest that only one or two family members visit you during the postoperative phase. The nursing staff will be happy to give family members waiting outside the recovery area periodic updates on your condition.

What if I have sleep apnea? / What if I’m overweight? / What if I’m pregnant?

Patients with sleep apnea requiring C-PAP and morbidly obese patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35 have a markedly increased risk of post-operative complications. Therefore, they may not be candidates for admission to the Surgery Center. A doctor will be able to discuss this with you. If you suspect you may be or may have become pregnant, let us know immediately. Women of child-bearing age who are uncertain of their pregnancy status will be required to take a pregnancy test before surgery.

Will I be able to drive myself home after the surgery?

No, you will not be able to drive yourself home.  You must arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery.

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