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Before Your Visit:
Here are some general guidelines to help you and your family prepare for your visit to the Roanoke Ambulatory Surgery Center. Please view our Patient Privacy Policy before your visit.

  • Be prepared to bring your driver's license and insurance card(s) with you.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the day of your surgery.
  • Call your surgeon if you develop a cold, fever or respiratory problem prior to surgery.
  • If you take any new medications prior to your surgery, please notify your doctor immediately.
  • For your own comfort, we suggest you wear loose-fitting clothes and slip-on shoes.

Day of Surgery:

  • Bathe or shower the morning of your surgery to minimize the chance of infection.
  • Women should remove all make-up and nail polish.
  • Arrive one hour prior to your scheduled surgery time. This will allow adequate time for all necessary admission procedures.
  • Please bring your co-pay (check, cash or credit card), and leave all other valuables at home, including wallet and jewelry.
  • Due to space limitations, please limit visitors to two per patient.
  • If your child is having surgery, feel free to bring a favorite stuffed toy or security blanket for added reassurance.
  • Do not smoke immediately before or after receiving an anesthetic. Smoking may interfere with the anesthetic and frequently produces nausea during the recovery period.
  • Your surgeon will provide post operative instructions regarding diet, rest and medications.
  • Please arrange for someone to drive you home following the surgery and to stay at home with you for a day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What information will I need to bring with me on the day of surgery?
Please bring a picture ID, insurance cards, a list of current food or drug allergies and a list of medications you are currently taking.

Will I talk to a nurse prior to my visit to the surgery center?

A nurse will make every effort to contact you via phone 1-2 days prior to your procedure to discuss your medical history and answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to call us at 540.342.0707 if we are unable to contact you.

Should I take my medications on the day of surgery?
You may take medication for asthma and seizure disorders. Consult your surgeon about taking any blood thinning prescriptions or over the counter medicines prior to your surgery. Please consult with your family regarding any diabetic medications.

Can I eat the morning of my surgery?
You should not eat or drink after midnight the evening prior to your surgery.

What kind of anesthesia will I have?
Depending on the procedure several anesthesia choices may be available to you. Talk with your surgeon to explore your options, which could include local, spinal and general anesthesia.

Will I see my surgeon prior to the surgery?
Usually, you will see your surgeon immediately prior to the procedure. There are some surgeons who will only consult with patients prior to the surgery if requested directly by the patient or a family member.

How long will I be at the surgery center?
You will need to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled procedure. You will be permitted to leave one to two hours after the procedure is complete, or sooner if given a local anesthesia.

Will I see my surgeon after the procedure?
Generally, no, however, your surgeon will speak with your family after the procedure. Should you desire your family to speak with the surgeon, they should remain in the waiting area throughout your surgery. Your family should be prepared to relay any information to you concerning your procedure.

How many visitors can I bring?
Due to space limitations, we ask that you please try to limit visitors to two per patient.

When can I see my family?
You will be able to see your family after you leave the recovery room. From the recovery room you will progress to the step down area where you will relax in a recliner chair with a semi-private bay. One to two visitors will be allowed to visit with you at this time.

Can I go into the operating room with my child?
Yes, a parent or responsible party may accompany a minor child or an incompetent individual into the OR.