One business day before your procedure/surgery, you will receive a phone call between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please be available to accept the information about your procedure and any additional instructions. If unavailable, or if you have not heard from the surgery center, call 724-225-8800, ext. 112 for the above information.

Arrange for someone to drive you home from Tri-State Surgery Center and to stay with you for 24 hours post-surgery or YOU MAY RISK CANCELLATION OF YOUR PROCEDURE. Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen for at least 1 week prior to the surgery. Includes: Motrin, Advil, Pepto Bismol, Alka Seltzer Cold Plus, Aspergum, and more. If you have questions about a specific medication contact your surgeon’s office. Please provide a phone number prior to the date of service in case we need to change surgery time. Please advise your family member that you may be here longer than expected.

The Day Before Surgery

You may eat solid food and drink liquids until midnight. Do not eat or drink after midnight unless otherwise instructed.

Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to surgery. Take your medications unless otherwise instructed by your physician. If diabetic, call your physician for special instructions concerning your medications.

Please bathe/shower and remove nail polish. Call your physician if you develop a fever, cough, cold, or flu-like symptoms. Follow “special” instructions from your physician. Notify your surgeon’s office if you have artificial/acrylic/gel nails and are scheduled for surgery on your arm, hand or shoulder.

The Day of Surgery

Arrive at the Tri-State Surgery Center at the specified time. Allow adequate time for travel. If you arrive late, it will cause delays in the surgery schedule for yourself and others. Wear comfortable clothing that is easily removed. Do not wear make-up/nail polish.

You may brush your teeth and use mouthwash, but do not chew gum, use breath mints, or cough drops.

Do not wear contact lenses; bring glasses with case. Remove all body jewelry/piercings. Leave all jewelry and valuables at home. Recommend your family member/escort remain in the waiting room until discharged.

Things to Bring Checklist

  • Drivers license or photo ID Insurance cards and/or referral forms Any papers from your surgeon
  • A list of prescription medicine you are taking
  • POA Papers (for elderly patients)
  • A parent or legal guardian
  • (with papers) (under 18) If you use crutches, a cane or a walker please bring them
  • Specific Information

Post Surgery Check up

Following Your Surgery After your procedure/surgery you will be taken to the recovery area. The length of stay will depend upon the type of surgery and the anesthesia you received. Upon awakening, you will progressively move to sitting up, drinking clear liquids, and discharge. Your family/escort will be able to rejoin you at this time. If you are uncomfortable, please tell your nurse so that if necessary, medication can be administered. A nurse will give you instructions detailing what you should do during the days following your procedure/surgery. In the event of a medical need, you would be transferred to another facility. When you return home, do not hesitate to contact your surgeon immediately with any questions or difficulties. In case of an emergency, call your physician or go to the nearest emergency room. Patient Responsibility

The patient is responsible for following guidelines affecting his/her care and conduct and the safety of others.

The patient shall provide, to the best of his/her knowledge, accurate and complete information about present medical conditions, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to the patient’s health. The patient has the responsibility to report unexpected changes to his/her condition to the surgeon. The patient is responsible for following the treatment plan recommended by the practitioner primarily responsible for the patient’s care. The patient is responsible for keeping appointments and, when unable to do so for any reason, notifying the surgeon’s office and the Tri-State Surgery Center.

The patient is responsible for assuring that the financial obligations of his/her healthcare will be fulfilled as promptly as possible.

The patient is responsible for being considerate of the rights of other patients and personnel, and for assisting in the control of noise and the number of visitors. The patient shall respect the property of others. The patient is responsible for providing their current medication list. The patient is responsible for providing advanced directives if they have them.