Days Before Surgery

A few days before surgery, you may receive a couple calls from our facility:

  • Someone from the facility healthcare team will contact you to conduct a brief, routine health assessment and provide basic instructions for surgery. This is the time to ask any lingering questions you might have about your procedure.
  • The Specialty Surgery Center Irvine business office will contact you to address financial matters regarding your procedure—insurance coverage, co-payments and deductibles.
  • Pre-operative tests are determined and ordered by your physician and/or an anesthesiologist. 
  • Should you require such testing; you will be contacted before the date of surgery.
  • Be sure to have your doctor’s office send all necessary paperwork regarding pre-operative tests, blood work, and insurance to the facility.

It is very important that you note any and all changes to your well-being prior to your procedure. Colds, fevers, additional pain, etc.—they are all worth mentioning to your physician and nurse.

  • Please avoid all food and beverages—even water—from midnight on for morning surgeries and 6-8 hours prior to afternoon surgeries. Otherwise, your procedure may need to be postponed. 
  • More specific directions may be given during a pre-operative phone call.
  • Your doctor or a nurse will give you specific directions regarding your medications during a pre-operative phone call.
  • Do not forget to mention any use of blood thinners (i.e. Plavix, Asprin, etc.) during pre-operative consultations.

Yes, you will. Due to anesthesia, you will not be permitted to drive for 24 hours after your surgery.

  • Photo ID and insurance cards; upon checking in the day of surgery, facility staff will need to verify these and then make multiple copies for our files.
  • A list of all drugs and supplements you are currently taking.
  • Payment for your procedure (e.g. deductible or co-payment).
  • Eyeglass and contact lens cases; you won’t be able to wear them during surgery.
  • DO NOT bring along valuables like rings, watches, etc.

It’s very important that you obtain directions to our facility prior to your surgery date; those are details you don’t want to worry about last minute. Our address is:

Specialty Surgery Center Irvine
15825 Laguna Canyon Rd., Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

  • Ask questions. Surgery can be very intimidating for both parent and child. Therefore, be sure to ask any questions either of you may have during the pre-operative phone calls received from our facility. 
  • Discuss the surgery with your child prior to the scheduled date. It is important for a child to understand why he or she needs the procedure and what they can expect. 
  • Bring along a comfort. Whether it is a favorite stuffed animal or a blanket, be sure to bring something that soothes your child and reminds him or her of home. 
  • It may be wise to have another adult with you to help take care of your child on the way home from the facility.

Surgical procedures, anesthesia, and other medications may be harmful to a developing baby. If you believe there is a chance you are pregnant, please notify your doctor, nurse, and the facility prior to your surgery date.

Yes, showering will help prevent surgical site infections. 

When showering be sure to shower both the night before and the morning of your procedure.

  • Wash your hair with shampoo first.
  • Using a clean washcloth for both showers, wash your body with a liquid antibacterial soap.
  • Avoid shaving near the surgical site unless instructed to do so by your physician or a nurse.
  • Once you have rinsed thoroughly, use a clean towel after each shower. 
  • Do not use lotions, powders, or perfumes after showering.

Washing Hands: the day of the surgery, do not hesitate to ask friends, loved ones—even those caring for you at the facility—if they have washed their hands prior to entering your room. You should all take care to wash your hands throughout this process. 

Post-Op Shower Instructions: Once home, take care to follow the specific instructions for post-operative cleaning of your surgical site, e.g. changing bandages, taking your medications, etc.