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Your Surgery

Pre-Surgical Screening

Before you have your surgery, you will get a call from our pre-surgical screening nurse. During this call, you will discuss your medical history and which medications you’re currently taking.

You may need to meet with an anesthesia provider before your surgery. If you need to be seen, our scheduler will give you a call and arrange a convenient time to meet with a member of the anesthesiology team.

Medication Restrictions

Medications and supplements can have amazing benefits for your health. But you may have to stop taking them before your surgery. The pre-surgical screening nurse will discuss this with you.

Here are the most important things to know

  • We will call the day before your surgery between 2 to 5 p.m. We will provide you with your arrival time and detailed instructions on what time you need to stop eating and drinking.
  • Make sure you follow your eating and drinking instructions exactly. Otherwise your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
  • In general, patients cannot have anything to eat after midnight—this includes candy, gum and lozenges, and chewing tobacco. Some patients may be asked to stop eating at an earlier time.
  • Adults may have clear liquids up until four hours before arrival time.
  • Clear liquids include water, apple juice, colas, Gatorade and Pedialyte.
  • Pediatric patients may have clear liquids up until three hours before arrival.
  • Formula-fed infants may have formula up to six hours before arrival time.
  • Breast-fed infants may have breast milk up to four hours before arrival time.

What to Bring to Your Surgery

These items are necessary for you to have your surgery. Make sure you bring all that are
applicable to you.

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card
  • Prescription card
  • Money/Credit Card for any copays on medication(s)
  • Advance directives (if you have one)
  • Court-issued guardianship document (for legal guardians)
  • CPAP mask (if you have sleep apnea)
  • Support equipment if you have it (sling, knee brace, crutches, cane, walker)
  • Loose-fitting clothing
  • Dentures, hearing aids, glasses and
  • other necessities

Additional Items for Children

Your Child's Visit to the Surgery Center

These items will make your child feel more safe and relaxed going into surgery:

  • Comfort item like a pacifier, blanket, pillow or toy
  • Electronic games
  • Extra set of clothes including underwear in case of accidents
  • Diapers or Pull-Ups
  • Sippy cup or bottle with favorite juice for after surgery

If you’re feeling sick before your surgery, call  (585) 262-9150 (Option #1). Prior to 8 a.m. call (585) 242-1401.

Pediatric Facility Tours
Just like the rest of us, children can be frightened by what they don’t understand. If your child is feeling nervous about an upcoming surgery, you can tour the facility to help ease your child’s fears. Tours take place between 4 and 5 pm every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month unless we are closed for a holiday. No reservation is required. For any questions regarding pediatric tours, call (585) 242-1401.

Day of Surgery


  • You will receive your scheduled arrival time between 2 and 5 p.m. on the business day before your surgery. (Monday surgeries will receive a call the previous Friday.) Your arrival time will typically be 1 to 2½ hours prior to your surgery. The extra time before your surgery will be used to go over your health information and prepare you for surgery.
  • Once you arrive, go to the reception desk to begin registration.
  • After you’ve finished registering, you may go to the waiting area. A healthcare provider will be with you shortly.


  • The healthcare provider will take you to the pre-operative area and ask you to provide a urine sample (if necessary). All female patients of childbearing age will need to take a urine pregnancy test at this time.
  • Next, you will continue to your pre-op room.
  • A registered nurse will review your health information and check your vitals.
  • At this time, you’ll remove your clothing and change into a patient gown and slipper socks.
  • After the nurse meets with you, two people– such as adult family members, your significant other or a friend–will be able to wait with you. No children under the age of 14 are allowed into the preop or postop areas. Please make arrangements for childcare if you have young children.
  • You will meet with several members of your healthcare team prior to your surgery.
  • Your surgery will take place once the operating room is ready. At that time, anyone with you will be asked to return to the waiting room.


  • After your surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room. Up to two family members or friends will be able to visit you once you are awake and comfortable.
  • Family members of pediatric patients will be escorted to their child's room.
  • Your discharge from the Surgery Center is determined by your surgeon and your anesthesiology team. On average, plan on staying in recovery from 1 to 3 hours.
  • Once you’re ready to go home, a nurse will go over your post-operative instructions and answer questions before you will be able to leave. You will not be able to drive yourself home after receiving anesthesia. Your ride must be a licensed adult driver.