What to Expect

Before Your Surgery

A nurse will contact you preoperatively, at least, twice. The first call is to obtain pertinent information about your current and past medical history and, medications. Please be able to inform the nurse of all medications and/or supplements that you take. It's important to inform your physician and the nurse, if you are on any type of blood thinners or aspirin.

If your child is the patient, we'll need to contact their pediatrician; please be able to provide us with a name and phone number.

You will be contacted, the day before your surgery, to confirm your surgical time and any further instructions. These calls are generally made in the afternoon, once our schedule is finalized with your physicians' office. Patient requests for specific times may be considered but, cannot and will not be guaranteed.

Please notify your surgeon if there is a change in your physical condition such as a cold, fever or respiratory problem.

It is extremely important to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you for the first 24-hours after surgery. If you're arriving to the center via Access, please have a responsible adult to accompany you at the time of discharge. Failure to follow these instructions will result in cancellation of your surgery.

Unless directed otherwise, you're not permitted to eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before your operation; this includes hard candy or gum. Please do not take any medications after midnight, unless your surgeon, or the nurse at the center, instructs you to do otherwise.

Please follow any additional special instructions your surgeon or nurse may have given you. Failure to follow these instructions can result in cancellation of your surgery.

Thank you, in advance, for adhering to our guidelines.

Day Of Surgery

The main entrance is located on the side of the building, where the canopied area is located. Parking at the facility is free of charge.

Wear loose and comfortable clothing that is big enough to accommodate a large bandage after surgery. Wear comfortable shoes that provide stability.

You will need to change into a surgical gown. All procedures are performed in a sterile environment in which appropriate attire is required to minimize risks of infection.

You're permitted to brush your teeth. Please swish with water only, do not swallow.

Do not wear any jewelry (including body piercings), makeup or cologne. Please understand that jewelry and makeup can interfere with equipment, increasing the risk of an injury, infection, or burn.

Do not bring any valuables with you. South Hills Surgery Center, LLC, is not responsible for lost items.

Do not wear contact lenses. If eyeglasses are required, the facility can provide you with a protective case upon removal.

You're permitted to wear hearing aids though, anesthesia may require removal prior to your procedure.

Containers are provided for removable dentures and/or bridgework.

Females, of child bearing age, will need to provide a urine sample for pregnancy testing, preoperatively.

If your child is the patient, please feel free to bring a favorite stuffed animal, security blanket or comfort item for added assurance.

Please bring your Driver's License and all, applicable, insurance cards. If required by your insurance, and the surgery center has instructed you to do so, please bring some form of payment.

South Hills Surgery Center, LLC, accepts the following: Cash, Check or, Credit Card (American Express, Discover, Mastercard, or Visa).

Recovery time varies according to the patient however, most feel comfortable and meet discharge criteria within 1-hour of post-anesthesia care. Patients that do not require anesthesia are, generally, discharged much quicker.

After Your Surgery

Reminder!! If anesthesia has been administered, you must have a responsible adult present for transportation and, care for you following the first 24-hours after surgery.

Your physician will provide you with postoperative instructions regarding diet, rest, exercise and medication regimen. You will receive a written summary of these instructions at discharge.

Please remember to call your physician's office to schedule your follow-up appointment.

If you have any unexpected problem or emergency, please call your doctor immediately. If you cannot reach your doctor, please call 9-1-1 or, go to the nearest emergency room.

Some of our patients will receive postoperative calls within 24-48 hours after your operation. These calls are used to identify any problems, address questions and, check on your progress. If you're unavailable, the nurse will attempt to leave a message.

Please contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns about your experience. Please feel free to provide us with your feedback by completing our, Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Thank you for allowing South Hills Surgery Center, LLC, to participate in your care!!

Cancellations

We realize unexpected circumstances arise; If you're going to be late or cannot make your surgical appointment, we ask that you call the facility as soon as possible.

Helpful Reminders

Please limit the number of family or friends who accompany you; the waiting area and seating is limited.

If you're driving 30+ minutes, you may find it comforting to elevate your operative extremity and, you may wish to put a pillow in the car.

If you or your family need the services of a foreign language or hearing impaired interpreter, please call us to arrange. The surgery center will provide these services to you at, no cost. Arrangements for these services must be made in advance.

Office Hours

Open 5 Days per week.
Monday - Friday
6:00am - 4:30pm