Preparing for Surgery

Once your physician has scheduled your appointment you may be contacted by a Registration Coordinator and/or Patient Account Coordinator who will verify the information we’ve received from the surgeon’s office and provide you an estimation of associated facility fees.

 

You will also be called the evening prior to your day of surgery by a Registered  nurse who will review your health history, go over medications you may take, confirm your arrival time and answer any clinical questions you may have about your procedure. If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, you will be contacted the Friday before.  

 

If you have not received a call by 7:00 PM, please call us at 970-494-4817 to confirm your arrival time. If you reach our answering service please tell them you are having a procedure the next day and they should be able to put your call through to the nurse’s station.

 

Please arrange for  a responsible adult to accompany you and provide a ride home on the day of surgery. If you do not have a ride home after your surgery it may be canceled.  You should  also make arrangements to have a responsible adult to  stay with you for the first 24 hours after you arrive home.

 

Please inform your physician if there is a change in your medical condition or if you have a cold, cough or fever.

 

Your doctor’s office may provide you with general instructions regarding the time that you should stop eating and drinking prior to surgery.  Oftentimes the general rule is to stop eating and drinking at midnight on the day of surgery. When the pre-op nurse calls you the day before your surgery they will provide you with specific timelines for when to stop eating and drinking based on the time your surgery is scheduled to start. These guidelines were developed by the anesthesiologists who practice here at the surgery center and are based on national standards of care with patient safety as the top priority. 

 

Please know that if you do not follow these guidelines and eat or drink too close to the time of your surgery your case may be delayed or canceled for your safety.

 

Registration

 

Our Registration Coordinator may call you to obtain information about your insurance coverage and other information necessary to register you for surgery. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your surgery, the Registration Coordinator will assist you in getting answers.

We offer preoperative visits  to reduce anxiety prior to surgery. Children can especially benefit from a preoperative visit. The tour provides an opportunity to meet with a registered nurse  to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your procedure.

 

To schedule a visit prior to your surgery call the Surgery Center of Fort Collins.

 

Depending on your insurance provider, our Patient Accounts Coordinator may also call you to arrange for payment of any  co-insurance or co-payment of the facility fee.

 

What to bring to the Surgery Center

 

  • If the patient is a minor and you are the non-parental guardian, you must present legal documentation of guardianship. Surgery will be cancelled if the surgical consent is not signed by a legal guardian.
  • If you have power of attorney for the patient, you must present legal documentation.
  • Bring any written orders or instructions from your surgeon.
  • Bring an accurate descriptive list of any medications you have been on or are currently taking, including prescriptions, herbal medications, over the counter medications, and diet drugs.
  • Bring a responsible adult  to drive you home.
  • Children who are patients are encouraged to bring a special toy or blanket.
  • For young children please bring an extra pair of pajamas and underpants in case the ones they are wearing become soiled or wet.
  • If possible please leave children who are not patients at home with a responsible adult as this allows the child who is having surgery to have your full attention.
  • If you are scheduled to stay overnight in the recovery center please bring any personal items or toiletries you wish to have.
  • Bring all insurance, Medicare and Medicaid cards, and any payments due at the time of surgery.
  • Children are encouraged to bring a special toy or blanket.
  • If you are scheduled to stay overnight in the recovery center please bring any personal items or toiletries you wish to have.
  • Bring all insurance, Medicare and Medicaid cards, and any payments due at the time of surgery.