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Guide for Via Christi Surgery Center patients


Surgical procedures are performed at Via Christi Surgery Center on patients who do not require an extended hospital stay. Ascension Via Christi Surgery Center minimizes the time spent away from family and work, and allows you to recover in the comfortable surroundings of your own home. In most cases, the expense is substantially less than that of a hospital stay.

We trust that you will enjoy your short stay with us and appreciate the skill, warmth and professionalism of the Surgery Center team.

Ascension Via Christi Surgery Center features:

  • ACLS registered nurses
  • AAAHC accreditation
  • Board-certified anesthesiologists

Please refer questions concerning insurance, surgery or the length of time off, etc., to your surgeon’s office.

Before arrival

A nurse will call you the day before your surgery with an arrival time and to perform a health review. The arrival time is not the procedure start time.

Please call 316-613-4931 after 4 p.m. if you have not received a call (closed weekends; available for phone calls at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday).

Please have the following information ready:

  • List of your medications, dosage and frequency
  • Drug allergies and reactions
  • The name of your driver and the person responsible for your care for the first 24 hours following your return home
  • Other surgeries you have had
  • Medical problems and conditions you may have (asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, etc.)

If a work release is needed or family leave and insurance papers need to be completed, please provide these to your doctor’s office prior to your surgery date.

The night before surgery

  • Do not place anything in your mouth after midnight unless otherwise instructed.
  • Do not eat, drink, smoke, chew tobacco or consume any candy or mints.
  • Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth.
  • Shower or bathe and remove makeup and all nail polish. Do not use lotion, powder or fragrances. For surgeries involving the hand or arm, artificial nails must be removed on the operative side.

Your surgery may have to be rescheduled for your own protection if you do not comply with these instructions.

Preparation

Wear something comfortable.

Bring:

  • Your Medicaid card, if applicable
  • List of medications and dosages
  • Case for eye glasses
  • A responsible adult (must be over the age of 18) to drive you home and stay with you for the night
  • Proof of legal guardianship when applicable

Do not bring:

  • Personal belongings
  • Valuables and jewelry, including body piercings
  • A suitcase
  • Young children

Due to limited space, please inform your family and friends that only two visitors will be allowed per patient.

Arrival

A receptionist will greet you and start your admission process. Females may be required to provide a urine sample. Please inquire when checking in.

Going home

Upon your dismissal, your nurse will speak with you and your driver/caretaker about:

  • What to expect and things to watch for
  • Activity and diet after surgery
  • When to call the doctor for follow-up care
  • Medications that you may be taking

Some degree of pain is expected following surgery and pain medications will be provided. Please remember that pain medicine is not an anesthetic. It makes the pain tolerable so that you can rest, but
will not usually make you pain-free.

As an outpatient facility, only liquids will be provided for you after surgery. When you leave, an adult must drive you home and stay with you the first 24 hours following your surgery. You may not take a cab unless you have a responsible adult accompanying you.

Within a few days, you should receive a call from a nurse to check on your recovery. If you have any questions, please call your doctor’s office. If an issue remains unresolved during or after your Ascension Via Christi Surgery Center visit, you may call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at: 800-842-0078.

Overnight stay instructions

You may have a family member stay with you the night of your surgery. If they leave after 9 p.m., Security will escort them to their vehicle, but they may not return unless there is an emergency and the nurse has called them back. Visitors must stay within the family member’s room as most of the Surgery Center is closed in the evening. Light meals will be provided for patients staying
overnight.

You should bring only a few personal items with you. These may include your toothbrush, toothpaste, brush or comb. A robe and slippers are optional. In fact, you may be more comfortable without anything binding around your waist.

Since Ascension Via Christi Surgery Center is licensed to care for patients for only 24 hours from time of check-in, most patients will be dismissed sometime the next morning. Before you are discharged, the staff will review with you and your family member your discharge instructions from your physician. Your discharge instructions will be sent with you as will any prescriptions. If you have any questions after leaving Ascension Via Christi Surgery Center, contact your physician’s office. A member of the Surgery Center nursing staff will contact you within a day or two of your surgery to check the progress of your recovery. If you should have any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming stay, please feel free to call Ascension Via Christi Surgery Center at 316-613-4931, or call your physician’s office.