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.