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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Outpatient Surgery

Why Your Physician Chose Outpatient Surgery for You

At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, outpatient surgery saves time and expense for patients and minimizes interference in their home life and employment.

Outpatient surgery is often referred to as same-day surgery, and with good reason. About one-third of operations that in the past have required an overnight stay in the hospital can now be performed effectively and safely on an outpatient basis…in a day or less!

You are able to avoid a disruption of your lifestyle because your surgical procedure will require only a few hours away from your regular routine.

Directly or indirectly, depending upon your insurance coverage, you will share in substantial savings in hospital charges.

The outpatient surgery department at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center provides for you comfort, safety and well being. Nurses trained in preoperative and postoperative care will care you for you.

Preoperative Examination and Testing

Your physician will order your preoperative testing. This may include lab, electrocardiography (EKG), x-ray tests and a visit with an anesthesiologist.

Preoperative testing will normally be scheduled a few days prior to surgery. All laboratory blood work must be done within fourteen days prior to your surgery. Chest x-rays and EKG are valid up to thirty days prior to your surgery.

Please bring the following items with you to your preoperative examination:

  • A list of each medication you are regularly taking, indicating the name and the strength of the medication. If you do not know the name and strength, please bring the medication with you when you meet with the anesthesiologist
  • Your insurance information
  • All laboratory results, x-rays and your physician’s evaluation

Preoperative Instructions

We encourage you to ask questions if you do not understand these instructions. You may call the hospital at (305) 682-7250 and the Assessment Nurse will provide further information, if needed preoperatively. You may also call your physician during normal working hours.

Please Follow These Instructions:

  • Do not eat of drink anything (not even water) after midnight the night before your operation. Anesthesia safety is improved by a completely empty stomach for several hours before surgery, so not eating or drinking prior to surgery is extremely important
  • Do not wear any makeup or leave earrings, jewelry and valuables at home
  • Bathe or shower and brush your teeth without swallowing any water
  • Get a good night’s rest before your appointment
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home approximately 2-4 hours after your surgery. You and this adult should also read the postoperative instructions prior to surgery
  • Do not smoke or chew gum after arriving at the hospital
  • If you wear dentures, you may remove them preoperatively
  • A consent form must be signed before any medication is given or surgery is performed. For minors, the consent form must be signed by a parent or guardian
  • Notify your surgeon of any changes in your physical condition (cold, fever, etc.)
  • If the patient is a child, you may bring a favorite doll, toy or book

Postoperative Instructions

  • After surgery you may go to the recovery room, located in the surgical suite. The length of your stay in the recovery room varies, depending upon the type of surgery. Your family will be able to visit once you leave the recovery room and move to the outpatient surgery area
  • Patients should spend their first night after surgery within one hour’s drive of the hospital
  • Preferable, in addition to the patient, a responsible adult should be aware of these instructions
  • Surgery, specifically general anesthesia, can leave you feeling very tired, with a loss of appetite. We suggest that you resume food intake slowly, beginning when you feel hungry. Started with chipped ice
  • Please follow “the five D’s”
    1. Do not drive
    2. Do not drink alcoholic beverages
    3. Beware of dizziness
    4. Don’t make critical decisions
    5. Do discuss any questions or problems regarding your postoperative instructions with your nurse
  • Every patient must be accompanied by a responsible adult upon discharge
  • Do not take any medications unless specifically prescribed or discussed with your physician
  • Please call your doctor’s office to arrange for your follow-up visit, if it has not already been scheduled

Transportation to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can be arranged by calling (305) 682-7270.