Preparing for Your Surgery

Sometime before your surgery date, a staff member from CSA Surgical Center will call you to confirm your arrival time on the date of surgery. She will also ask you questions regarding current or past medical conditions, allergies and medications you are taking. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have, and be sure to let the staff know of any special needs. If you have not spoken to a member of our clinical team by 3 p.m. the day before your surgery, please contact the surgical center at 573-777-3370.

  • Preparing for SurgeryThe surgical center's nurse will instruct you as to WHAT TIME YOU ARE TO STOP EATING AND DRINKING prior to your surgery.
  • If you routinely take any medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, ask your physician or surgery center nurse if it’s okay to take the day of your procedure.
  • For women, if there is any possibility you are pregnant, please notify your doctor and the surgical center's nurse.
  • Leave all valuables at home, including watches, rings, jewelry, and wallets.
  • Notify your surgeon of any changes in your health, such as cold, fever, or sore throat.
  • Stay safe! Plan to have an adult drive you home afterwards, as you will not be permitted to drive.

Day of Your Surgery

  • Make sure to arrive on time so we can help you with all necessary admission procedures.
  • You’ll need your insurance and a photo ID (e.g. driver’s license) for admissions. If you need to make special financial arrangements, simply give us a call prior to admission.
  • Be sure to bring a list of your current medications and any paperwork your doctor may have given you, such as test results or medical history.
  • Dress comfortable! We suggest loose-fitting pants and top.
  • When you arrive, you will change into a gown that we provide. You will be asked to remove all jewelry, contact lenses, dentures and any prosthesis.

In the Recovery Area

  • After surgery, we’ll move you to a recovery area where we can monitor you until you are ready to go home.
  • When you are fully awake, your family will be able to join you. Times may vary, but most patients are ready to go home within 1-3 hours after surgery.
  • It is perfectly normal to feel discomfort in the area of your surgery as well as some drowsiness or dizziness, depending on the kind of anesthesia you received.

Recovering at Home

  • Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for care while you are recovering at home. In the event of any difficulty, please call your surgeon. Your surgeon’s contact information will be provided in your discharge instructions.
  •  For the first 24 hours following your procedure, you should avoid strenuous activity, alcoholic beverages, driving and having to make critical decisions.
  •  Within a day or two after your procedure, a nurse from CSA Surgical Center will call to evaluate how you’re recovering at home. Please take a moment to visit with us when we call. It is very important to us to know how you’re feeling and to have the opportunity to clarify any of your after surgery instructions.  if you’re having any difficulty at all, let us know or contact your physician.
  • You will receive a simple questionnaire about the care you received at CSA Surgical Center either through the email address you provide at registration or in the mail. Your feedback enables us to continually improve our services.

Your Responsibilities as a Patient

  • To provide CSA Surgical Center with a complete medical history, present complaints and other matters relating to your health.
  • To ask questions if directions, procedures or other information are not understood.
  • To follow the plan of treatment and instructions recommended by your physician and other professionals responsible for your care.
  • To accept consequences of your actions if you fail to follow the plan of treatment.
  • To show respect and consideration for other patients, families and visitors of CSA Surgical Center.