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  • SURGERY
  • PAIN MANAGMENT
  • PEDIATRIC

Before Surgery:

 
  • We ask that you call Providence Surgery center at 406-327-3303 within 2 to 14 days prior to your surgery date at a time that is convenient for you. We will need to review your medical history and answer any questions you may have prior to the surgery day. Lab work and an EKG may be required for your surgery.
  • A nurse will call you the day before surgery to review your medical history and surgical instructions. You will need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home. It is recommended that you have someone to stay with you for 24 hour while you are recuperating.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not EAT or DRINK anything after MIDNIGHT the night before your surgery.This includes chewing tobacco, water, coffee, gum and hard candy. Your procedure will be canceled if these instructions are not followed.
  • Please arrive one hour before your surgery time unless instructed otherwise.
  • Bring casual, loose clothing to wear home. Many people find jogging clothes and slip-on shoes are most comfortable. If you are having surgery on your upper body you should wear or bring a large button up or zip up shirt to allow room for slings, splints or limited upper arm movement.
  • Discuss with your physician your advanced directive if you have one.
  • Contact your insurance company for preauthorization, eligibility and determine insurance status.
  • Please call your surgeon immediately if you become ill or are otherwise unable to keep your appointment.

 Day of Surgery:

 
  • Bathe or shower the morning of your surgery to minimize the chance of infection.
  • Take all prescribed medications except anticoagulants (blood thinners) and oral diabetic medications with a small sip of water, unless directed otherwise by your physician.
  • Leave valuables and all jewelry at home.  Please do not wear makeup, perfume, cologne or fingernail polish.
  •  Bring insurance cards and a  photo ID.
  • Bring Advanced Directives or Living Will with you.
  • An IV will be placed so medications can be given before, during and after surgery.
  • The anesthesiologist will discuss your health history and anesthesia options and risks.

After Surgery:

 
  • You will be taken to the recovery room after your surgery, where you will be monitored and, when awake, offered something to drink and eat. Recovery time will vary with individuals. Once stable in the Recovery Room a family member for friend may be with you to assist during your recovery and discharge process. Due to space limitations, we ask that you bring no more than two family members/friends with you on your day of surgery.
  • The nurse will review specific instructions given by your physician with you and the responsible adult who is to accompany you home. You will then be escorted to the car.

At Home:

 
  • The anesthesia will make you groggy and cause impaired judgment, therefore, do not drive, operate hazardous machinery, make any important decisions, or sign legal papers for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Take pain medicine as directed and follow your physicians instructions.
  • Eat light foods for the first few hours after surgery, then increase your diet as tolerated. Recommendations for the first meal are soup and crackers, jello, popsicles, water and juices. Avoid spicy or greasy foods.
  • Drink as much fluid as you can tolerate, up to 8 glasses/day unless instructed otherwise.
  • A small amount of blood on your dressing may be expected. If it becomes soaked, place additional dressings over the one already there and call your doctor.
  • Call your physician for a fever over 101, increased swelling, redness, or drainage or any other concerns. The number to call is listed on your discharge instructions.
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Before Procedure

 
  • The pain clinic has given you instructions and for your check in time at Providence Surgery Center. Please complete the packet of information and bring it with you at the time of your scheduled appointment.
  • Please arrive one half hour before your procedure time unless instructed otherwise.
  • You will need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and it is recommended that someone stay with you for 24 hours.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not EAT anything EIGHT HOURS before your procedure. This includes all foods, chewing tobacco, gum and hard candy. You may DRINK clear liquids (i.e. liquids you can see through) up to FOUR HOURS prior to your procedure.   It is possible that your procedure would have to be cancelled if these instructions are not followed.
  • Wear casual, loose clothing. Many people find jogging clothes and slip-on shoes are most comfortable.
  • Contact your insurance company for preauthorization, eligibility and determine insurance status.
  • Discuss with your physician your advanced directive if you have one.
  • Please call your physician immediately if you become ill or are otherwise unable to keep your appointment.

        Day of Procedure:

 
  • Take all regular medications, unless instructed to hold them for the procedure. You may take morning medications with a small sip of water (only enough water to swallow your pills with).
  • If you are taking Lovenox temporarily instead of Coumadin, skip the dose for the day of the procedure.
  • Leave valuables and all jewelry at home. Please do not wear makeup, perfume, cologne or fingernail polish
  • Bring insurance cards and a photo ID.
  • Bring Advanced Directives or Living Will with you.
  • An IV may be placed so medications can be given before, during, and after procedure.

        After Procedure:

 
  • You will be taken to the recovery room after your procedure and offered something to eat and drink. Family and friends will be allowed to visit after your procedure. Recovery time will vary with individuals. Due to space limitations, we ask that you bring no more than two family members/friends with you on your day of procedure.
  • The nurse will review specific instructions given by your physician with you and the responsible adult who is to accompany you home. You will then be escorted to the car.
  At Home:  
  • Any sedation and pain medication can make you groggy and cause impaired judgment.  Therefore, do not drive, operate hazardous machinery, make any important decisions, or sign legal papers for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Resume normal medication as directed.
  • Eat light foods for the first few hours after your procedure, then increase your diet as tolerated.
  • Drink as much fluid as you can tolerate, up to 8 glasses/day unless instructed otherwise.
  • Call your physician with any concerns. The number to call is listed on your discharge instructions.
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Parents of Pediatric Patients It is our policy that parents/guardians of children under the age of 18 must stay in our waiting area. You will be reunited with your child as soon as possible.
It is also important to devote your attention to the child having surgery. If you bring other children with you, we ask that  you have another adult to supervise these children to allow you to focus on the child that had surgery.
If you are not the parent but a legal guardian, you must  provide Providence Surgery Center with a copy of the legal documentation stating you have guardianship rights.
Montana law states that a child under 6 years of age and under 60 pounds must be restrained in a child safety seat. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide a safe transportation to and from the facility.
Children may bring a small blanket or toy from home.
A nurse will be calling the day prior to the surgery date to discuss NPO status and other preoperative information. If you have not received a call please call 406-327-3300 for these instructions.
Please call your physician immediately if your child becomes ill. If you are unable to contact your physician, you may call 406-327-3300.
Please bring insurance information. Contact your insurance company for preauthorization, eligibility and determine insurance status.
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