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Ventura Surgery Center
Before Your Surgery
A staff member from Ventura Surgery Center will call you a few days before your surgery to confirm your procedure and surgery date. If you have not been called by 4 p.m. the day before your surgery, please call Ventura Surgery Center at (805) 654-8115.
When You Arrive for your Surgery
Please arrive at the Surgery Center on time. You will be asked to sign a surgical consent form. In the case of a minor, this form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. A copy of the guardianship papers is needed for the chart. We will provide you with a patient gown, robe and slippers. A member of the anesthesiology staff will visit with you to discuss the type of anesthesia you will be given. An adult member of your family or a friend can wait with you until it is time for your surgery. This individual will have the opportunity to visit with your doctor following surgery. Due to circumstances beyond our control, occasionally times of surgery are delayed. If a delay occurs, we will keep you informed.
We will file all insurance and Medicare claim forms for you. Please bring your social security number, prescription card, Medicare card and/or insurance card with addresses. The facility fee includes the cost of the operating room, supplies, equipment, medication, and recovery care. If you have any questions about this fee, call the Ventura Surgery Center's billing department. Charges for anesthesia care and from your doctor are not included in the facility fee. Because X-ray, laboratory and pathology are contracted services, you will receive separate bills for these items as well.
Following Your Surgery
You will not be allowed to drive yourself home following surgery. Please have a friend or family member take you home and stay with you for 24 hours following your surgery. Do not drive, sign important papers or make critical decisions for at least 24 hours after surgery. Do not operate machinery, power tools or appliances for 24 hours. Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours. Your surgeon will give you post-operative instructions regarding your diet, activity restrictions and medication. If you have any difficulties, call your surgeon.
The Morning of your Surgery
Bathe or shower the morning of surgery. If you shampoo your hair, be sure it is dry. Do not use hair spray or body lotion. Do not apply makeup, especially mascara or lipstick. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and shoes. Leave valuables, such as jewelry or large amounts of money at home. Arrive promptly to allow adequate time for necessary admission procedures. If you wear glasses, contact lenses and/or a hearing aide, please bring a storage case. Bring the medication you take on a daily basis in the original bottle. Bring your insurance forms, cards and/or payment, and any pertinent test results.
The Day Before Your Surgery
It is absolutely necessary you do not eat or drink anything, including water, after Midnight, the night before your surgery unless you are directed to do so by a staff member from Ventura Surgery Center or your surgeon. Food in the stomach can result in serious complications and could cause us to cancel or postpone your surgery. Avoid alcohol and tobacco for 24 hours prior to your surgery. If you are taking medication for high blood pressure, diabetes or nervous disorders, please visit with a staff member. For women, if you are or think you may be pregnant, please notify your surgeon or healthcare professional. If you develop a cold, fever, respiratory infection or other illness prior to surgery, please call your doctor or Ventura Surgery Center. Remove nail polish. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home following surgery. Arrange for a responsible friend or family member to drive you home.