Five Days Prior to Surgery/Procedure:
Stop taking aspirin or blood thinning
medications 5 days prior to your surgery
unless told otherwise by your surgeon.
Please contact your doctor immediately if
you get a cold, cough, fever, stomach flu or
asthma attack any time in the week before
your surgery. Do not wait until the day of
Please make arrangements to have a
responsible adult drive you home after your
surgery or procedure and stay with you that
night. You may not drive home after
receiving sedation of any kind.
One Day Prior to Surgery/Procedure:
Do not smoke, drink alcohol or chew tobacco
for at least 12 hours before your procedure.
Before your procedure you should discuss all
of your medications with the
anesthesiologist and nurse. This
includes prescriptions, over-the-counter
medications, street drugs and herbs.
Fill any prescriptions your doctor may have
given you during your pre-surgery visit.
When you are discharged from Las Ventanas
Surgery Center it is best to go home to
rest. You may need to start on your
pain medication immediately to insure your
comfort and rest.
If you experience any health changes or
suspect that your are pregnant between your
recent visit to your doctor and the day of
your procedure, notify your doctor.
Please report even minor changes such as an
elevated temperature, cough or cold.
Please arrange for an interpreter to
accompany you if you do not speak English.
This person should remain until you are
The Night Before Surgery/Procedure
Do not eat or drink anything after
midnight. Your stomach needs to be
empty for surgery. Procedures
without sedation will have different
contact us for
The Morning of Surgery/Procedure
Keep your stomach empty! This is
very important. Don't chew mints or gum.
You may brush your teeth or use
mouthwash, as long as you do not
If you regularly take heart or blood
pressure medications you may be told to
take them the morning of surgery.
Be sure you take them with only a small
sip of water.
Dress casually in loose-fitting clothes,
something you'll be comfortable in for
the ride home.
Do not bring valuables with you.
Leave all jewelry at home and arrange to
leave your wallet or purse with your
waiting friend or family member.
If you are having surgery on your foot
or hand, please do not have nail polish.
If you are having any type of facial/eye
surgery, please do not wear any makeup.
Please bring insurance cards with you.
We will make copies of your insurance
documents and return them to you.
Please arrive at our surgery center one
hour prior to your scheduled surgery or
procedure. This time is very important
to prepare you for your surgery or
procedure. On occasion, there may be
cancellation(s) and we may need to call
you to come in earlier than originally
Upon Arrival at Las Ventanas Surgery Center
- What to Expect
Please be sure to check in at the
Be prepared to sign medical and consent
forms for your surgery/procedure.
After your registration, you will be
greeted by the nurse who will help
prepare you for your surgery/procedure.
Please feel free to ask questions or
share your concerns with our medical
staff. We want this experience to
be as comfortable as possible for you.
Prior to surgery, the operating room
nurse will confirm information and
answer any additional questions.
You will be transferred to the operating
room where a complete team of
experienced medical professionals will
be caring for you.
Your family and friends should wait in
our reception area. They will be
informed when your surgery is complete
and you are taken to our recovery area.
After recovery and prior to discharge,
you will be given instructions for
You will have written instructions to
follow while at home recovering.
This information will be explained to
you in detail before you are discharged.
A member of our nursing staff will
follow-up with you after your
surgery/procedure. Again, our goal
is to ensure you are well on your way to
recovery. You can also ask
questions to our nursing staff.
For more information, please feel free
to contact us at 831.775.0265.