Cardiac and Stroke
Health Central Park
Women and Children
1435 Division Ave. | Ocoee, FL 34761
Phone (407) 253-2560 | Fax (407) 297-8455
Why does Health Central have a Surgery Center outside the main facility?
The Surgery Center, which is located on the southeast side of the hospital, is for outpatient surgeries only. They perform Orthopaedic, Podiatry, Urology, General and Vascular, and Pain Management procedures.
If you have a scheduled procedure at the Surgery Center, a nurse will call you the day before to give you pre-op instructions. Usually, we recommend that patients not eat or drink anything after midnight and leave all valuable personal items at home. Bring your insurance card and driver's license and any co-pay. Typically, surgeries here do not last longer than one hour, although some Orthopaedic procedures last two hours.
You should arrive at the Surgery Center one to two hours before your scheduled time. A nurse will be with you to help with the admission process and get your IV started. Then the anesthesiologist will administer your drugs. You will be taken to the OR; recovery is at your own pace.
You will have personalized attention for our staff from the time you walk into the Surgery Center until the time you are discharged. A follow-up call from one of our nurses is always done the day after your procedure.
Do I need to visit the Surgery Center before the surgery date?
Your surgeon will send an up-to-date history and physical to us when your surgery is scheduled. If additional tests, EKG, or x-rays are needed, your surgeon will advise you where to have this done. If you need a cardiac clearance you will be advised by your surgeon to see your primary care practitioner or your cardiologist.
Some patients may choose to come to the Center before their surgery date to complete paperwork or make payments. We strongly recommend that you complete all preoperative documentation before the day of surgery. The required forms are available by clicking on the box labeled "Print and fill out your registration form ahead of time".
May I pre-register for my surgery?
Yes. We strongly encourage you to have completed all the registration forms before the day of surgery. We prefer that you simply walk in the day of your surgery and are brought to the PreOP area rather than fill out pages of paperwork. For your convenience, we have the required forms available by clicking on the box labeled "Print and fill out your registration form ahead of time."
What if I cannot make my appointment?
Please notify the surgeon and the Health Central Surgery Center Nurse's station at 407-253-2568 as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients.
What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing. Button-down shirts or blouses are best. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring socks as the Surgery Center can be cold. Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry. If you wear contact lenses, you will probably have to remove them for the surgery, so consider bringing your glasses. If you have to wear your contacts, please bring contact solution and contacts case. Please do not wear any make-up as this can hide certain clinical signs. Please remove all body piercing jewelry.
Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery?
You refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents during your surgery. This complication is very serious and you need to strictly abide by our recommendations.
We have very clear policies as to specific times before surgery when you must refrain from eating and/or drinking. These are all based on safety standards.
Should I take by usual daily medication?
We generally request that you take your medication before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your sugar at the Center. You will be contacted before your surgery leaving regarding which medications you should take. Please bring all your medications with you, or a list of all of your medications. There is a space on your pre-registration form for all current medication to be listed. The form is available by clicking on the box labeled "Print and fill out your registration form ahead of time".
People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.
Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. You should bring these medications with you the day of surgery. Please call us with any questions you may have.
May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may affect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when questioned about medication.
Who May accompany me?
You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person will be allowed to sit with you after your PreOP nurse has started your IV and reviewed your past medical history and you have changed into your gown. In most cases the person waiting can be at your bedside after your surgery as long as you are awake and comfortable.
When a patient is a child often two parents and/or guardians will accompany him or her to the Center. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, however, only one parent and/or guardian will be permitted into the recovery room at a time.
Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the PreOp or Recovery areas.
Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?
We will individualize each patient's care.
Will I be contacted before my surgery?
Yes, we call each patient the day before the surgery to gather information, give an arrival time, and answer any of your questions. The nurse who contacts you will give you preoperative instructions. You may also call the Center directly with any questions. Preoperative instructions are also listed on this webpage.
Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?
Yes. You can comfortably take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, (no drinking of water), etc. Please do not use make up, hair spray, nail polish or toiletries. These may interfere with the anesthesia monitoring and possibly hide clinical signs.
What should I do if I am not feeling well?
If you are not feeling well, please contact your surgeon immediately. During normal business hours, you can call the Center for advice. There are some surgeries which are safer if delayed when you are sick. We need to know specific details to make the decision. Please do not delay in contacting your surgeon or the Center.
What should I do if I started by menstrual cycle?
This will not affect most surgical procedures. There are a few specific gynecological procedures which may be impacted by menstruation. Call us if you have any questions at 407-253-2568.
What should I do if I believe I am pregnant?
It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. Only essential surgery is done on pregnant patients. If there is any doubt please contact us immediately.
May I drive home?
Any patient receiving anesthesia will not be allowed to drive home. A patient receiving IV sedation for a procedure must be driven home by a person at least 18 years of age. There must be a responsible adult when they arrive home who will care for the patient. Preferably, the caretaker at home will be the same person to receive homecare instructions and any other post procedure instructions. Patients will not be allowed to drive, walk home or take public transportation after sedation or anesthesia. Please make the appropriate arrangements.
May I speak to my anesthesiologist before the surgery?
All patients will be seen by the anesthesiologist on the day of surgery prior to entering the operating room. There will be sufficient time to answer any questions you may have. If you need to speak to the anesthesiologist before the day of surgery, you are welcome to call the Center and we will arrange for you speak with an anesthesiologist.
What if I have special needs?
We will make every effort to accommodate any special need you may have. We strongly encourage you to call the Surgery Center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable. Do not hesitate to call and suggest anything that may make your day easier.
Should I bring my special needs equipment?
Yes. Please bring any walkers, post-op crutches, hearing aids, etc.
What must I bring with me on the day of surgery?
How will my pain be managed?
The management of your pain is of great importance to us. We will be assessing your level of pain from the time of admission until you receive our postoperative call at home. We need to inform and prepare you for each step of the process. This education will begin with our first contact. You will be repeatedly asked to rate your pain from a numerical scale called the Visual Analog Pain Scale. Using the results of our communication we will alter the therapy as needed in order to assure your comfort.
The management of your pain will be taken very seriously. We will often use a combination of different modalities to help make you comfortable, oral medications, intravenous medications, nerve blocks, injection of local anesthetic during the surgery, etc. Prior to surgery, the management of your pain should be discussed with both your anesthesiologist and surgeon. Please feel free to bring up any concerns or fears you may have. Remember that information on pain management gives you the appropriate expectations and hence a smoother, more comfortable recovery.
Why must I remove all of my jewelry?
Removal of all jewelry, including body piercings, is necessary during surgery due to the risk of injury to the patient. Risks include, but are not limited to:
1. Burning in the instance your surgeon would need to use a special instrument to stop bleeding during your surgery, i.e., bovie.
2. Swelling due to constriction of blood flow or increased fluid intake during.
3. Jewelry can get caught on things during positioning or transferring the patient to and from the operating room table.
4. If jewelry has to be removed in the OR, the jewelry could be damaged or lost.
You will be given every opportunity to remove all jewelry and body piercings.
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