What You Need to Know About Your Scheduled Surgical
Procedure at Andover Surgery Center
You should plan to arrive an hour before your scheduled procedure time
for preparation and processing. Please remember to bring your
insurance identification card with you and read the instructions below
before your surgery.
Before Your Surgery
Do not eat or drink anything including water after
midnight the day before your surgery unless your doctor
otherwise instructs you.
Arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to the
surgery center and drive you home after your procedure.
Even if you travel by taxi, you still must have an adult
accompanying you both to and from the center. If no one
is available to come with you, you must reschedule your
Females of childbearing age should inform their doctor
and a nurse at the center of any possibility of
Ask your doctor for instructions regarding any
medications that you may be taking. You may need to stop
taking certain medications before surgery.
Your doctor should be notified if there is any change in your
physical condition such as a cold, fever or infection prior to
The Day of Surgery
Please bring a list of the medications and dosages you usually
take to the reception desk at the center.
If you are scheduled for anesthesia, an anesthesiologist will
examine you and ask you questions about your health and medical
Please bathe or shower before your appointment. Do not wear
makeup or jewelry. Please leave valuables at home.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be folded for storage.
You may want to bring a pillow for your comfort during the ride
When You Go Home
A responsible adult should remain with you for 24 hours. Your
physician should be telephoned immediately if severe dizziness
or other alarming symptoms should occur.
Drink fluids and eat lightly for 24 hours.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery or drive a
Take only medications that have been prescribed by or discussed
with your doctor.
If you have any problems or questions concerning your surgery,
please call your physician.
Parents of minor patients are required to remain in the
One parent may stay with the child – when awake – in the
Your child may bring a favorite toy from home.
If your child is under six, please arrange for another adult to
be with you as it may be unsafe to drive and care for a child
who has just had surgery.