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Same-day Surgery Center

The SameDay Surgery Center at University Hospital is open from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. With four fully equipped operating rooms, it provides high-quality surgical care for procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay. Patients benefit from lower cost and the convenience of recovery at home.

General information

  • A relaxed state of mind will contribute to a smooth recovery.
  • Get a good night's rest before the operation.
  • Please limit visitors to two per patient.
  • Bathe before you arrive for your procedure.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing that can be folded and placed in a locker. Children may prefer to wear pajamas and a robe.
  • Do not wear nail polish, lipstick, makeup, hair pieces or contact lenses.
  • Please leave all jewelry and other valuables at home. The center cannot be responsible for these items.
  • You will be discharged when your physician decides you have adequately recovered. If you have not recovered adequately when the center closes at 5:30 p.m., you will be admitted to the hospital.

Financial arrangements
Please make financial arrangements prior to the day of surgery. Call a Patient Accounts representative at (573) 882-7006 if you have questions about insurance requirements or if you have not made financial arrangements during your visit to the unit.

A standard basic charge is set for each procedure. Special tests or supplies may require additional charges. The services of your surgeon, anesthesiologist and other physicians, if any, will be billed separately.

Children in SameDay Surgery
If you are the parent of a child who is having surgery, you may want another adult to accompany you to the center so you can attend to your child on the way home.

Children may not be left alone for surgical procedures. A parent or guardian must be with the child during his or her stay. Although parents cannot accompany the patient into the operating room, they are encouraged to stay with the child before the operation and afterward in the recovery room.

Bring a favorite toy, blanket or other comfort to make your child feel more at ease.

Preparing for your visit
You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire prior to your operation. This may be done during your visit to the preoperative clinic, which will be scheduled prior to your operation. The staff will give you preoperative instructions and answer any questions. An anesthesiologist will visit with you about the type of anesthesia you will receive.

Each patient is evaluated on an individual basis to determine what lab work and other tests will be needed. Your physicians may suggest some tests be done before your operation.
A nurse will call you the day before your operation to give you specific instructions and answer any questions you may have. If you have not received a call by 3 p.m., please call us at (573) 882-7006.

The day of your operation

  • If you have preregistered, you will be taken to the patient dressing room.
  • If you have not preregistered, there will be some general information the patient accounts representative will need from you.
  • You will change into a hospital gown and put your possessions in a locker.
  • A nurse will put an identification bracelet on your wrist and otherwise prepare you for your operation.
  • An anesthesiologist will talk to you about your medical history. This will help him or her determine the best and safest way to take care of you during your operation.
  • A nurse will escort you to the operating room.
  • For most patients, an IV will be started before the operation. This allows the staff to draw blood for tests and give necessary medication before, during and after the operation.
  • After the operation, you will be taken to the recovery room.

To avoid delays or complications

  • Do not eat anything after midnight the evening before your operation. Clear liquids may be allowed up to three hours before surgery time. You will receive specific instructions during your visit to the preoperative clinic. It's important to follow them to prevent vomiting during the operation.
  • Take no medications unless instructed to do so.
  • If you are going to have general anesthesia or receive any sedative medications, arrange to have someone escort you home and stay with you until the next morning.
  • If you develop a cold or other illness before your operation, or should you be unable to keep your appointment for any reason, please call the center immediately to be rescheduled or further evaluated.
  • Please arrive an hour before your operation.

Same Day Surgery recovery

  • You and a friend or relative will receive postoperative instructions when it is time for you to go home. A responsible adult must accompany you if you have received general anesthesia or sedative medications.
  • The medicine you received for sedation or anesthesia may make you feel sleepy when you get home. Therefore, don't drive or operate hazardous machinery and don't make important personal or business decisions for 24 hours.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.
  • Children should rest at home but may be up and about according to their doctor's instructions.
  • Take prescribed pain medication as directed. If none was prescribed, take a nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Eat light foods, such as gelatin, soup, etc., for the first few hours.
  • Drink as much water or carbonated beverages as you can tolerate, up to eight glasses a day.
  • If you run a fever of 101 degrees or higher, call your physician.
  • A small amount of blood may appear on your bandage. If they become soaked with blood, place an additional dressing pad over the one already there and call your physician.
  • Call your physician if you notice increased swelling, redness or drainage from your surgical site.
  • We strongly suggest that a responsible adult remain with you for the first 24 hours after your operation.
  • A SameDay Surgery Center staff member will call you at home a day or two after your operation to find out how you are doing and answer any questions.

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