What should I expect after my surgery?
Remember to arrange in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. You cannot drive or be left alone.
Whether you’re in a hospital or a surgery center, it is important for you to follow doctor’s orders regarding diet, rest and medication. Unless given other instructions, you should start your diet with liquids. The next day, you should be on your normal diet.
It’s not unusual to feel drowsy or a little dizzy for several hours after your operation. It’s a good idea not to sign any important papers or make any significant decisions until these feelings have worn off.
What should I expect the day of my surgery?
Help make the day go smoothly by following these guidelines:
- Please bathe or shower prior to coming in for surgery. Remove all makeup, hairpieces, jewelry including body piercings, and nail polish.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing such as a sweat suit or an easily buttoned shirt or blouse in case you have a cast or bulky bandage after surgery. Wear comfortable shoes – please, no high heels.
- Leave all valuables at home.
- Bring a list of your medication including dosage and frequency (both prescription, nonprescription and herbal) and/or all of your medication bottles.
- Prior to surgery, you’ll need to sign a consent form for your operation. If the patient is under 18 years, a parent must accompany the minor and sign the consent form. If the patient has a legal guardian or medical power of attorney, they must provide proof (bring legal documents) of guardianship and give consent.
- For your safety, you must arrange in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home and to remain with you the first 24 hours after surgery. You cannot drive or be left alone.
- Bring all necessary papers from your doctor’s office as well as all of your insurance cards. See the section entitled “Insurance and Your Bill” for more information. If you have an advance directive, living will or durable power of attorney, bring a copy with you.
- Please arrive promptly for your scheduled appointment. Be sure to check with us the day before your surgery, if we have not contacted you, as surgery times can change.
- Your family is invited to wait in our comfortable lobby where the surgeon will speak with them immediately following your surgery.
It’s never too late to ask questions. Don’t hesitate to call us.
What should I do before my surgery?
Here are some important things to do (and not to do) the day before your surgery:
- If there is any change in your physical condition – such as a cold or fever – be sure to notify your surgeon.
- Expect a call from us! Someone from Campbell Surgery Center will check in to make sure you’re ready for your procedure, answer any questions, and ask about special requests. (If you don’t hear from us, please call (901) 759-5454 Monday – Friday from 8:30 am-5:00 pm for specific instructions.)
- If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please bring your case for their safekeeping. We will provide containers for any removable dentures or bridgework.
- Eat and drink according to our guidelines: For Adults – The night before surgery, DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight – not even coffee or water. You may brush your teeth, but be careful not to swallow any liquid. For Infants – Clear liquids up to two hours prior to surgery. Breast milk up to four hours before surgery. Formula up to six hours prior to surgery.
- Check with your doctor about taking any medications prior to surgery. If you are on any medications for your heart, blood pressure or seizure disorder, please ask your physician if you should take these medications on the day of surgery. (We recommend that YOU DO take these medicines.) We recommend that you NOT take aspirin or blood thinners (such as heparin or coumadin); however, please consult with your physician. If you are diabetic, consult your physician. If you are taking any herbal products, pills, tea, etc., please notify your physician or Campbell Surgery Center staff two weeks prior to surgery. Some herbal products may increase the chance of bleeding and/or interact with anesthesia medications.
- Refrain from smoking on the morning before your surgery.
- Relax and try to get a good night’s rest.
Do all patients need surgery?
Fewer than 10 percent of our patients need surgery. Our physicians will exhaust more conservative options before recommending surgery. If surgery is absolutely necessary, you and your physician can discuss the procedure and determine the best course of care.
Why do you operate your own surgery centers?
Many orthopaedic issues may be treated by surgery in an outpatient setting. Outpatient surgery typically does not require an overnight stay. Many patients who do not have pre-existing health problems may have their surgery on an outpatient basis. While some procedures may require hospitalization, we now perform several total joint replacement and spine procedures on a same-day basis.
Do I need an appointment?
While it’s recommended that you schedule an appointment in advance, we know that sometimes urgent injuries happen when you don’t expect them. During those times, visit one of our Walk-In Care or After Hours clinics for faster care.
Where are your Urgent Care clinics located? What are the hours?
Each of our five locations offers walk-in hours, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Our Germantown and Southaven locations offer extended hours during the evening from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Our Germantown location only is open on Saturday morning from 8-11 a.m.
How do I make an appointment?
You may call our appointment line at 901.759.3111, or request an appointment online through our patient portal.
What if I have to cancel my appointment?
Simply call us as soon as possible to reschedule at 901.759.3100. If at all possible, please call us at least 24 hours in advance to notify us of your cancellation.
Why is it important for me to see a specialist?
All injuries are different, and our physicians specialize in different areas to make sure you get the absolute best care. If you injure your shoulder, it’s important for you to see a shoulder expert. If you have a child with an injury or disease, they’ll receive an elevated level of care from a provider who is fellowship-trained in pediatric orthopaedics.