Before Your Surgery

/Before Your Surgery

A Patient’s Guide to Same Day Surgery

Our objectives are:

  1. To help prepare you for your ambulatory surgical experience and recovery
  2. To prepare you for initiating and maximizing your recovery at home following your procedure

Preparation for Ambulatory Surgery

Your surgery will take place in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located at 8415 N. Pima Road, Suite 190 in Scottsdale, Arizona. You will be returning home on the very same day. The total time spend at our facility on your surgery day is typically 3 to 6 hours.

Some patients require a Pre-Surgical Screening. This is arranged by your surgeon’s office.

Adhering to the instructions on this checklist will ensure an optimum outcome.

Pre-Surgical Screening

Diagnostic testing may be required prior to your surgical procedure. These tests are ordered by your surgeon. They may include routine tests such as blood tests, urinalysis, chest x-ray, and EKG. This pre-surgical testing is completed prior to surgery.

SurgCenter at Pima Crossing receives notification of your procedure and performs an over-the-phone pre-operative health assessment.

10 days prior to surgery, stop taking blood thinning medications (unless otherwise instructed by your doctor). These include, but are not limited to: aspirin, most anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, naproxen), Plavix, Coumadin, as well as nutritional supplements such as vitamin E, ginseng, ginko biloba, garlic, and ginger. Contact your surgeon’s office for specific instructions.

Pre-Surgical Phone Call

A Registered Nurse from SurgCenter at Pima Crossing will contact you prior to your scheduled surgery to discuss your specific preparations for surgery, to answer your questions, and to obtain your health history, including any medications and/or supplements you are taking.

A representative from SurgCenter at Pima Crossing will also contact you the day before your scheduled surgery to advise you of your check-in time.

Showering or Bathing Prior to Surgery

Please shower or bathe the night before or the morning of surgery. Use only non-fragrant antiperspirants/deodorants and lotions.

Brushing Your Teeth Prior to Surgery

You can brush your teeth and rinse before your surgery. DO NOT swallow.

Planning for Help at Home

Arrange for someone to stay with you at home or to be available for the first 48 hours after surgery to assist you with activities of daily living.

Physical Therapy Planning

Some surgical procedures require physical therapy as part of your recovery. Discuss this with your surgeon before your scheduled surgery. It is easier to learn about outpatient rehabilitation facilities, their locations and hours, and accepted insurance places prior to your surgery.


Prearrange for your escort and transportation home after your surgery. Patients are not allowed to drive themselves home after surgery. This arrangement must be clearly established when you arrive to SurgCenter at Pima Crossing for your procedure.