FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do I
need to be at the surgery center so
This allows sufficient
time for you to be properly checked in
and prepared for your procedure.
Do I take
my usual medications the day of my
This depends on the
medication. Please call your doctor, or
call us for instructions.
Do I need
to bring my medications with me?
You do not need to bring
your medicines from home except for any
inhalers that you may require, however
please bring a complete list of all of
your prescription and over-the-counter
medicines (vitamins, aspirin, herbal
remedies, etc.) including the dosage of
each one and how often you take them.
Can I eat
and drink before my procedure?
- You may eat up until 6 hours
before your scheduled procedure
- You may drink clear liquids up to
2 hours before your scheduled
- If you are having a
gastro-intestinal procedure done,
please follow the
written instructions given to you by
Because food and liquids in your
stomach can cause serious complications,
if you do not follow these instructions,
your procedure may be cancelled or
delayed. If you have any questions about
what you can eat or drink, please call
ride need to stay?
Parents of children
having surgery, legal guardians/
custodians, or translators of
non-English speaking patients will need
to remain in the facility at all times
until you are discharged.
drive myself home or ride home in a
You must have a
responsible adult drive you home from
your procedure. You may ride home in a
taxi only if you are accompanied by a
What do I
need to bring with me?
Please bring the following items:
- COMPLETED PRE-REGISTRATION form
- Patient medical history form
- Insurance cards and/or payment
- Photo I.D.
- Copy of Advanced Directive if
you have one. For more information
- If you are a legal
guardian or conservator of a patient,
please bring all legal paperwork with
you. All other valuables should be left
I need to pay when I come in?
We bill most insurances
for you, however you will receive a call
from the business office advising you
of any co-payments and deductibles that you
will be required to pay the day of your
procedure. If you are not available by
phone, or have requested not to receive
a phone call, please call us 1 or 2 days
before your procedure to obtain this
leave my jewelry on?
No. All jewelry including
body-piercing jewelry will need to be
removed and left at home.
friend or family member come into the
operating room with me?
No. Friends and family
members are not allowed into the
operating room, even if they have a
you call me after my procedure?
Because meeting your
needs is our priority, we want to check
your progress and answer any questions
you may have following your surgery. If
we are unable to reach you during
business hours, please call and leave a message on our voice mail to let us
know how you are doing.
I use a
different name than is what is on my
insurance card. Is that a problem?
Yes, this presents a problem for your
insurance billing and payment. Please
make sure to provide your physicians
office staff and the receptionist here
at Greater Sacramento Surgery Center
with your given name as reflected on
your insurance cards when registering.
Also, if your insurance
sponsor/subscriber is someone other than
yourself, you will need to provide
subscriber information, such as their
social security number and date of birth.