What to expect.

The Day Before the Procedure:

Follow all instructions that were given by the scheduling physician's office. Because you will not be allowed to drive after the procedure, please confirm your rides to and from the facility. Call the facility or physicians office if you need to clarify any questions that you may have.

The Day of the Procedure:

  • Please arrive at the OTSC at the time you were given (approx. 45 minutes of your scheduled procedure)

  • You can expect to be here for approximately 2 hours.

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing, slip on shoes, avoid high heels please ( safety concern after sedation).

  • If you wear contact lenses and do not sleep in them bring a case for safe keeping for them, we provide denture cups for removable dentures.

  • You must have someone available to drive you home after the procedure because you will receive medication/anesthesia that will make you drowsy. Failure to have a ride may result in the procedure being canceled or postponed.

  • You must have a responsible adult with you to drive you home.

  • Leave all valuables, including jewelry, at home. We cannot be responsible for damaged or lost property, You will be asked to remove all piercing and/or any jewelry, if you are unable or refuse this will may result in the procedure to be canceled.

  • Bring a complete list of all your regular medication with you, both prescription and non-prescription.

  • If you use an inhaler please bring with you; you may be asked to use it prior to the procedure being done.

  • Be prepared to review and sign consents for the procedure and anesthesia.

  • You will be provided with a gown and shoe covers.

  • A full history and physical including vital signs will be obtained.

  • All female patients of childbearing age will be required to provide a urine sample.

  • Diabetic patients will have their blood sugar tested.

  • An anesthesiologist will speak to you prior to your procedure, you will be asked about your general health, medical problem and medication you are taking.


After the Procedure / Next Day:

  • When the Procedure is over, you will be taken to the recovery area, where you will be monitored.

  • Once you are fully recovered, you will be assisted to get dressed and discharged to a responsible adult to return home.

  • The physician will speak to a significant other if you so designate at the time of admission.

  • Written instructions will be reviewed with you and by a RN prior to discharge, to allow for any questions or concerns to be clarified.

  • ​Once you return home, follow the physicians instructions regarding diet, rest, medication & activities.

  • ​It is not uncommon to feel sleepy, lightheaded, and even dizzy after the procedure. Rest is therefore important.

  • ​If you experience any one or more of the following notify your physician immediately: severe pain, bleeding, nausea, vomiting, or fever develops.

  • ​Restrictions for 24 hours (till the following morning) include: No alcoholic beverages, driving, operating any type of machinery, signing important documents or vigorous exercise.

  • ​You can expect a call from a nurse from the Oak Tree Surgery Center within 24 hours to see how you are feeling and to answer any questions you may have.