Will I be contacted before my surgery?
Your surgeon's office will notify you of the appointment time for your surgery as well as arrange a pre-op assessment. If you have any questions about your appointments please call the Guam Surgicenter at 671-646-3855.
What tests are required before my surgery?
Any pre-operative tests will be determined by your physician or anesthesiologist and communicated to you before the date of your surgery.
What should I bring?
- Please bring photo identification and your insurance card(s). Our staff will need to verify and make copies when you check-in on the day of your surgery.
- Be sure to bring any medications that you may need (e.g., inhaler or insulin).
- Please bring a list of all drugs you are currently taking.
- Please bring payment of any patient responsibility (e.g. co-payment or deductible)
- Please do not bring rings, watches, or other valuables.
Should I arrange a ride?
Yes. You will not be allowed to drive after surgery. Please arrange for an adult to drive you home and for someone to be with you at home.
What may I eat or drink before surgery?
Your physician or a pre-operative nurse will inform you of eating and drinking restrictions before surgery. It is very important that you follow the provided instructions. If you do not, your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
Should I take my medications the day of surgery?
You will be given instructions regarding medications by your physician or a staff member. Also, as noted above, please be prepared to list all medications (including name and dose) you are taking and to bring any with you that may be needed during your stay (e.g., inhaler or insulin).
Should I shower before surgery?
Yes, this can help reduce the risk of a surgical site infection. Take a shower the night before and the morning of surgery. Follow these simple steps:
- Wash your hair first with any shampoo.
- Wash all of your body using a liquid antibacterial soap and a clean washcloth for each shower.
- Rinse well to remove all soap.
- Dry your body with a clean towel.
- Do not use lotion, cream or powder.
- Do not shave or clip the area where the surgery will be done unless your physician directs you to do so.
- Sleep on freshly laundered linens and blankets to keep from contaminating your body.
What else can we do to reduce the risk of infection?
On the day of your procedure make sure you, your family and any other caregivers wash hands frequently while at the facility and at home following your surgery. Also, do not hesitate to ask members of your health care team at the facility if they have washed their hands! After your procedure make sure you, your family and other caregivers wash their hands frequently. Also, be sure you follow all instructions provided by your health care team regarding the care and cleaning of your surgical site as well as the administration of post-operative medications and bandages.
What if I think I might be pregnant?
Please be sure to notify your physician, anesthesiologist and nurse prior to the date of surgery if you think you may be pregnant. The surgical procedure, anesthesia and medications may be harmful to a developing baby.