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Preparing for Surgery

Before Surgery:

If you are scheduled to have anesthesia, you will receive a call from the anesthesia department several days before your surgery to obtain your medical history and provide you with pre-operative instructions.

You may receive a call from the surgery center’s Insurance Verification Coordinator prior to your surgery to review demographic and insurance information. If the Coordinator is unable to contact you, this information can be reviewed upon arrival.

If you are receiving anesthesia we require that a responsible adult accompany you to the surgery center, remain for the duration of your stay, and drive you home. We recommend that a responsible adult stay with you for the remainder of the day and night following your surgery. This is very important for your safety. If you do not follow these instructions, your procedure may be delayed or rescheduled.

Parents/guardians of minor patients must remain in the surgery center during the patient’s entire stay.

Please be sure to review the Patient Rights and the Patient Responsibilities.

If you are unable to keep your surgery date/time, we ask that you notify your physician’s office as well as the surgery center.

Dietary Restrictions:
If you are receiving anesthesia, DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery, unless the Pre-Op Nurse has provided special eating or drinking instructions. This includes, gum, hard candy, cough drops, coffee, tea or water. This is very important for your safety. If you do not follow these instructions, your procedure may be delayed or rescheduled.

If you have been instructed to take your morning medications, take them with only a sip of water.

If you have been scheduled to have a procedure only having local anesthesia, you may eat a light breakfast on your day of surgery.

Day of Surgery:
Shower or bathe as you normally would to help reduce the risk of infection. If you are having an early morning procedure, you may bathe or shower the night before.

For your comfort, wear loose fitting clothing that is easily removed and foldable.

Remove all nail polish and makeup, including lipstick and mascara.

Leave all jewelry or other valuables at home or with a family member.

Bring storage cases for your glasses, hearing aids and dentures. You may be asked to remove your contact lenses.

Bring any x-rays that your physician instructed you to bring.

Notify your physician if you have any change in your physical condition.

If you are having a procedure with only local anesthesia, you may return to work if approved by your physician.

Bring photo identification (current driver’s license or state/federal ID) and your health insurance cards.

If this is an Auto Accident or Workers Compensation Claim, we ask that you bring the claim number, adjusters name, phone number and address. Also we will ask you to provide health insurance information in case your bill is not paid by auto/worker's comp carrier. Find more information on our Billing page.

What to Expect Upon Arrival:
Our receptionist will ask you to confirm your identity and complete the registration process.

A pre-op nurse will escort you into the patient area to review admission forms and sign consent forms. You will be asked to verify health information previously given to your physician, such as allergies, medications, medical history, reason for your visit, etc.

Place any cell phones on silent mode while at the center and avoid using them in patient care areas.

In most cases a family member/friend may stay with you in your pre-op room until you are moved into surgery.

After Surgery:
You will rest in your recovery room and be monitored by our nursing staff.

Once awake, a family member/friend may join you during your recovery period.

The nursing staff will review your physician’s post operative instructions and you will receive a written copy. At this time you will receive prescriptions if applicable.

You will be discharged once you have met our discharge criteria.

You may resume your regular medication schedule unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

You can expect a follow up phone call from a nurse within the next few business days.

Call your physician if you experience any of the following:

  • fever over 101 degrees
  • excessive pain or swelling
  • signs of infection
  • excessive drainage or bleeding
  • continued nausea or vomiting
  • an unexpected reaction to medication

If you think you are having a medical emergency please dial 911.


Monday - Friday
7:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Limestone Surgery Center
1941 Limestone Rd, Suite 113
Wilmington, DE 19808



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