Are you an overnight facility?
No. We are a same-day outpatient facility. This means that our patients go home the same day as surgery, once you are comfortable and ready to go home. In the unusual event that a complication should arise that requires an overnight stay, we have close working relationships with local area hospitals.
Am I a candidate for surgery at Greater Dayton Surgery Center?
By requesting a consultation, your information will be giving to one of our world class surgeons. The surgeon and/or his assistant will contact you to gain information about your condition. We will coordinate receiving your x-rays for an evaluation.
How do I schedule surgery at GDSC?
If it is determined that surgery is your best option, we will schedule your surgery either over the phone or upon an office consultation. At that time, we will work with you to obtain preauthorization from your insurance company. This may take several days to accomplish.
Where do I go when I get here?
Once you arrive at the Greater Dayton Surgery Center, please park in our convenient lot, and walk in through the main, front doors. Then proceed to the front desk to check in.
How long will I be at the surgery center?
Patients are asked to arrive 2 hours prior to their scheduled surgery time. (If you are the first patient of the day, you may not be asked to arrive 2 hours prior to your surgery time.) This allows time for the nursing staff, your surgeon, and the anesthesiologist to answer any questions and to make sure you are properly prepared for surgery.
What are the risks of infection?
To reduce your risk of infection, antibiotics may need to be administered prior to any invasive test, procedure or surgery. Please be sure to take a shower prior to coming for your procedure/surgery and wear fresh, clean clothes. If you have been given special soap and instructions, please follow those as described. The physician or surgeon performing the procedure or surgery will prescribe antibiotics if indicated.
Does the person providing me my ride home have to stay at the surgery center the entire time?
Your family or friend should remain at the facility through the check-in process and until the surgeon can speak to them following your procedure. Your surgeon prefers to explain the procedure, your outcome, and any special instructions to someone immediately after your surgery. You could be very groggy, just coming out of anesthesia, so it is best to have your family member or friend be there to capture this information.
Where will my family member or friend be while I am in surgery?
On the morning of surgery, your family member or friend will be able to stay with you until you are ready to be transported to the operating room. At this point, they will be escorted to a family waiting area where they will wait while you have your surgery.
When your surgery is complete, a member of the surgical team will contact your family member or friend. At this point, they will be able to speak with your surgeon to discuss your procedure.
Once you are awake and stable from an anesthesia and surgery standpoint, you will be transferred to one of our private recovery rooms. Here you will be reunited with your family member or friend to complete the recovery process prior to being released from the suites.
What do I need to bring with me the day of surgery?
You will need to bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and a responsible adult who will stay at the surgery center with you until it is time to drive you home. If you are an orthopedic patient, please bring any equipment or device the office has supplied you, like crutches.
How should I dress for surgery?
We recommend you wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes the day of your procedure. If you are having shoulder, arm, wrist, or hand surgery a button-down or large-armed shirt is the best. If you are having knee, leg, ankle, or foot surgery, athletic pants or shorts are the best.
What happens during recovery?
After surgery, you will be transported to the recovery room. Your time in the recovery room will depend upon your rate of recovery from the effects of the anesthesia.
Nurses will check your vital signs – blood pressure, respiratory rate, and heart rate – and monitor your progress. They will also start your ice therapy.
Our goal is to use preoperative medications and special medication injections during the surgery that will reduce your pain and therefore the need for postoperative narcotic medications. Nurses will check your bandages, check drainage from your surgical site, and encourage you to cough and take deep breaths.
Once you are awake and ready for your first walk, your family member or “coach” will be able to join you and assist our team with your recovery.
Will I need help after the procedure?
All procedure recovery times and patients vary, and it is essential to have a friend or family member stay with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery to make sure you do not have any negative side effects from the anesthesia. If you do not have someone to stay with you, please call to reschedule your procedure.
How soon can I eat or drink after surgery?
Once you arrive in the recovery room, you will be evaluated by a recovery room nurse. Most times, patients are able to resume normal eating and drinking habits shortly after their procedure. However, to avoid nausea, you will want to take it easy, and eat things that are mild, since the anesthesia will be in your system for 24 hours.