are some general guidelines to help you and your family prepare
for your visit to the Roanoke Ambulatory Surgery Center. Please
view our Patient Privacy
Policy before your visit.
- Be prepared
to bring your driver's license and insurance card(s) with you.
- Do not eat
or drink anything after midnight prior to the day of your surgery.
- Call your surgeon
if you develop a cold, fever or respiratory problem prior to surgery.
- If you take
any new medications prior to your surgery, please notify your
- For your own
comfort, we suggest you wear loose-fitting clothes and slip-on
- Bathe or shower
the morning of your surgery to minimize the chance of infection.
- Women should
remove all make-up and nail polish.
- Arrive one
hour prior to your scheduled surgery time. This will allow adequate
time for all necessary admission procedures.
- Please bring
your co-pay (check, cash or credit card), and leave all other
valuables at home, including wallet and jewelry.
- Due to space
limitations, please limit visitors to two per patient.
- If your child
is having surgery, feel free to bring a favorite stuffed toy or
security blanket for added reassurance.
- Do not smoke
immediately before or after receiving an anesthetic. Smoking may
interfere with the anesthetic and frequently produces nausea during
the recovery period.
- Your surgeon
will provide post operative instructions regarding diet, rest
- Please arrange
for someone to drive you home following the surgery and to stay
at home with you for a day.
Frequently Asked Questions:
information will I need to bring with me on the day of surgery?
Please bring a picture ID, insurance cards, a list of current food
or drug allergies and a list of medications you are currently taking.
Will I talk to a nurse prior to my visit to the surgery center?
A nurse will make every effort to contact you via phone 1-2 days
prior to your procedure to discuss your medical history and answer
any questions that you may have. Feel free to call us at 540.342.0707
if we are unable to contact you.
Should I take my medications on the
day of surgery?
You may take medication for asthma and seizure disorders. Consult your surgeon about taking any blood thinning prescriptions or over the counter medicines prior to your surgery. Please consult with your family regarding any diabetic medications.
Can I eat the morning of my surgery?
You should not eat or drink after midnight the evening prior to
What kind of anesthesia will I have?
Depending on the procedure several anesthesia choices may be available
to you. Talk with your surgeon to explore your options, which could
include local, spinal and general anesthesia.
Will I see my surgeon prior to the
Usually, you will see your surgeon immediately prior to the procedure.
There are some surgeons who will only consult with patients prior
to the surgery if requested directly by the patient or a family
How long will I be at the surgery
You will need to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled procedure.
You will be permitted to leave one to two hours after the procedure
is complete, or sooner if given a local anesthesia.
Will I see my surgeon after the procedure?
Generally, no, however, your surgeon will speak with your family
after the procedure. Should you desire your family to speak with
the surgeon, they should remain in the waiting area throughout your
surgery. Your family should be prepared to relay any information
to you concerning your procedure.
How many visitors can I bring?
Due to space limitations, we ask that you please try to limit visitors
to two per patient.
When can I see my family?
You will be able to see your family after you leave the recovery
room. From the recovery room you will progress to the step down
area where you will relax in a recliner chair with a semi-private
bay. One to two visitors will be allowed to visit
with you at this time.
Can I go into the operating room with
Yes, a parent or responsible party may accompany a minor child or an incompetent individual into the OR.