What to Expect During Your Visit

If you are a patient having surgery at Overlake Surgery Center, you will receive a call from one of our pre-op nurses prior to the date of your surgery, requesting a health history from you for the Anesthesia department. The nurse will also ask you about any medications or supplements you are taking. Depending on your individual health history, there may be additional tests that are ordered to be completed prior to your surgery day. Overlake Surgery Center staff will be calling you the day before to let you know what time to arrive - it will be 1 to 1½ hours before your scheduled surgery time. Please be advised your surgery time can change. Surgery patients are not to eat or drink anything after midnight. Your pre-op nurse will tell you if you are to take any of your medications the morning of surgery with a tiny sip of water. Not following these instructions for eating or drinking may result in the postponement or cancelation of your surgery. You are required to have an adult pick you up from surgery and stay with you at home for the first 24 hours.

Patients at Overlake Surgery Center are cared for by Registered Nurses, (RNs) and if you are having general anesthesia or a case with Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) an Anesthesiologist will evaluate and speak with you prior to providing anesthesia services for you in the operating room.

If you are having a pain management injection or a colonoscopy, you will receive a call the afternoon before your procedure advising you of your rights and responsibilities of being a patient along with a reminder about what you can and cannot eat or drink. If you have had any sedation, you must have an adult pick you up from your procedure and drive you home.

Upon arrival at Overlake Surgery Center, all patients will be admitted by our front desk receptionist. After the admitting process, you will be taken to the clinical pre-op area by an RN where you will be “prepped” for your surgery or procedure. When your surgery, pain management injection or colonoscopy is finished you will be cared for by RNs who will closely monitor your care. After you are awake enough to take fluids and food, you will be given a light snack and if you wish, your ride may come back and stay with you until you are ready for discharge.

There are no overnight stays at Overlake Surgery Center. If you should require additional care after your surgery or procedure, your doctor may choose to have you admitted to the hospital. This is very rare.

You will find our staff to be exceptional! We receive a great deal of praise regarding our excellent patient care, sensitivity and understanding. If you have any questions with regard to your expectations, please contact us at (425) 709-2500 – we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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