Patient Preparation Guide

Patient Preparation Guide

The Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center wants to make your experience as pleasant as possible. This information will answer many of the questions you may have about your surgery. Please review this information carefully.

Prior to your procedure:
Surgical patients will receive a phone call from a BASC nurse to review preoperative instructions. Since it is important that the surgeon and the anesthesiologist know your general state of health, several health related questions will be asked during this interview. We will be happy to answer all your questions and address any of your concerns.

The day before your procedure:
  • You will receive a phone call with your arrival time.
  • Please make arrangements with a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery; have someone with you for the following 24 hours. (If you are having local anesthesia, you may drive.)
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight (including water and chewing gum) unless instructed otherwise.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Follow the specific preparation and cleansing instructions given to you by your physician’s office.
  • Follow all the instructions you were given during your preoperative call.
  • If you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever or flu please notify your surgeon. He or she may want to postpone your surgery.

On the day of your procedure:
  • Please arrive at the time confirmed by the surgical center.
  • Remove all body piercings.
  • Leave personal belongings and your jewelry at home. You will only need to bring your insurance card and a Photo I.D.
  • If possible, wear loose fitting clothing that is easy to remove.
  • FOR ENDOSCOPY PATIENTS: Upon arrival, you will be taken to the pre-procedure area, and then into the endoscopic procedure room.
  • Written instructions will be reviewed with you (and your escort, if applicable), and you will be given a copy to take home. Please ask us any questions you may have.
  • Taxi escorts are ONLY allowed if the patient is accompanied by a responsible adult.

While at home:
  • It is not unusual to feel sleepy or dizzy after receiving sedation. Therefore, it is important that you go straight home, rest and follow your written instructions. Do not drink alcohol or take any medication other than what is prescribed by your doctor(s).
  • FOR SURGERY PATIENTS: Do not drive, do not use power tools, and do not make important decisions for 24 hours after discharge and/or while taking pain medication.

Follow up:
  • A nurse from the surgical center will call you the next business day following your proedure to ensure all is well. Your physician’s office will provide medical follow-ups as needed.