Now that you and your doctor have determined that surgery is the needed treatment, your doctor will meet with you to discuss the risks and benefits. It is important that you get answers to all of your questions. You should never hesitate to ask your physician or Aspen Surgery Center patient care staff any question you may have. Some topics you may wish to discuss with your doctor include:
- Incision care
- Pain control
- Physical activity
- Resuming sexual relations
- Required follow-up visits
- Returning to work
- If you have a fever more than 101 degrees
Designated Contact & Advance Directives
When you register, you will be asked to designate one individual as your contact person whom your health care team may communicate with during and after your surgery. Federal law, as well as our concern for patient privacy, prohibits us from sharing information about a patient to anyone who calls the Aspen Surgery Center to inquire without having express permission from the patient. All inquiries from family and friends should come from your designated contact person. When you pre-register, you will need to record the name of your contact person.
California law provides individuals the ability to make their health care wishes known through an Advance Health Care Directive. If you have an Advance Health Care Directive, please bring it with you on the day of your surgery. For information on how to create an Advance Health Care Directive, please contact your doctor’s office.
You may pre-register online up to two business days in advance. The pre-registration process requires insurance card information, the procedure date and time, type of procedure, a phone number where you can be reached and the name of your designated contact person. Remember, pre-registering for your surgery will minimize paperwork the day of your surgery and let you focus on what’s most important—yourself and your healing. A nurse will also be contacting you for your health history.
If you are unable to pre-register online, you will be contacted by a member of our admitting staff by phone a day or two prior to your surgery to assist you. If you have any questions about pre-registration, please call (805) 955-8008.
Pre-Surgery Interview & Testing
You will be called a day or two before your procedure by one of the members of our nursing staff. The pre-assessment nurse will go over your medical history, medications, answer any questions you might have, and review the day of surgery process and discharge. At this time the nurse will confirm your arrival time for your procedure.
Diagnostic testing, such as X-rays, may be ordered by your surgeon or primary care physician. These pre-surgical tests give us important information about your health.
Advise your doctor or nurse of any medication you are taking and/or any allergies you have.
Home Preparation & Transportation
Plan your transportation and help with home care well ahead of your procedure date. For your safety, a responsible adult must accompany you when you leave the Aspen Surgery Center. You will not be permitted to drive for a minimum of 24 hours after surgery. Your physician will provide you with specific instructions at the time of discharge.
Make changes to your home to make your recovery easy. For example, if you’re told to avoid climbing stairs, you may want to prepare a bed downstairs. Prepare food ahead or buy pre-made meals to reduce the amount of work you will have to do after your surgery.