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What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center?

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) are facilities where surgeries that do not require a hospital admission are performed. They provide a cost-effective and convenient environment that is less stressful than the large hospital environment.

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What time is my surgery?
Surgery Center staff will call you the day before your surgery to tell you the time to be at the surgery center. If you have not received a call from the Staff by 2pm on the day prior to your surgery, please telephone the Surgery Center and ask about your surgery.

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What do I do the day before surgery?
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before your surgery date. Also, please follow any other specific instructions your surgeon or our staff may have given you.

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What should I do if something comes up and I need to cancel my surgery?
Please call the Surgery Center and your physician as soon as possible. Our phone number is (415) 346-1218. If you call after hours, an answering message will instruct you in leaving a message.

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How do I know if my insurance company will cover my surgery?
The staff at the Surgery Center as well as your physician's offices will be able to help you answer some of your questions regarding coverage. Please contact your insurance carrier regarding your specific benefits.

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What should I bring the day of my surgery?
Please bring all insurance information with you. Also, wear comfortable clothes that are easy to put on and off. For example, shirts that buttons up the front or loose fitting slacks. Please leave all valuables and jewelry at home. Try to plan ahead, depending on the type of surgery you are having. Please bring any paperwork given to you by your surgeon that he/she requested you have on your day of surgery. If you have any copayment or deductable due, payment will be expected on the day of surgery. Please bring a form of payment.

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Will I be able to drive after my surgery?
No, any individual that requires sedation for their surgical procedure must be accompanied home by a responsible adult. This is a safety procedure that is strictly adhered to for your benefit. You cannot take a taxi.

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Will my family be able to visit me immediately after my procedure?
Due to the need for privacy we suggest that a limit of one or two family members visit the patient during the postoperative phase. The nursing staff will be happy to give family members waiting outside the recovery area periodic updates on the patient’s condition.

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What if I have sleep apnea? / What if I'm over weight?
Patients with OSA requiring C-PAP and morbidly obese patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35 have a markedly increased risk of post-operative complications. Therefore, they may not be candidates for admission to the Surgery Center. The medical director or the attending anesthesiologist must first provide clearance before patients will be admitted for surgery.

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