Preparing for Surgery

  • Please take a few minutes and fill out the pre-op questionnaire and assessment through our pre-registration portal at least one week before your procedure.
  • After you have completed your online pre-registration, a nurse from Greater Dayton Surgery Center will contact you prior to your surgery if she has questions regarding your health history, medications and pre-operative instructions.
  • Please notify your surgeon if there is a change in your physical condition such as cold, fever or respiratory problems.
  • If cardiac clearance is required you will be notified by either your surgeon’s office or the surgery center (i.e. bypass patients, stent patients, valve repair or replacement patients, and pacemaker patients).
  • Diabetic patients need to call the pre-op phone nurse for special guidelines (unless the medical doctor has already instructed you).
  • If you or your family need the services of a foreign-language or hearing impaired interpreter, please call to arrange for one at no cost to you prior to the day of surgery.

The Day/Night Before Surgery

  • If you are having a surgical procedure, do not eat anything solid after midnight the night before your surgery. You may have clear liquids (water, Gatorade, black coffee) up until six (6) hours prior to your arrival time at the surgery center.
  • Do not smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco 24 hours before your operation.
  • If you are having a pain injection at the center, please eat prior to your arrival.

The Day of Surgery

  • Females of child-bearing age will need to provide a urine sample pre-operatively for a pregnancy test.
  • All patients must have a responsible adult accompany you to your procedure and wait to drive you home. We will not release you to go home in a cab.
  • If you live more than 30 minutes away, put one or two pillows in your car so you can elevate the operative extremity during the drive home.
  • All patients undergoing anesthesia must have a responsible adult stay with them for 24 hours after your surgery, unless you are just having a local anesthesia. This is mandated by the anesthesiologist.
  • Please dress comfortably, in sweats or button shirts…things that can be put on easily and fit loosely, large enough to accommodate a bandage after surgery. Wear comfortable shoes such as slip-ons. You will need to change into a surgical gown once you are in the pre-op area.
  • Bring eye drops, respiratory inhalers, and/or CPAP, if you use them.
  • Please leave all valuables at home. This includes jewelry, watches, piercings.
  • Wearing contact lenses is not advised. We provide containers for removable dentures and bridgework.
  • If your child is having surgery, feel free to being a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket for added assurance.
  • Do bring a photo ID and your insurance card, and any co-payment you may incur.

Please call the pre-op nurse with any questions at 937.535.2213 or 937.535.2200.