How is the Lawrence Surgery Center different from a hospital? A hospital is staffed and equipped to treat all types of medical problems. The Lawrence Surgery Center is designed exclusively for outpatient surgery. Its easy access, warm surroundings and specialized focus often minimizes the stress associated with surgery, especially for children.
We are accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The AAAHC accreditation certificate symbolizes our commitment to providing high-quality health care and meeting the nationally recognized high standards of AAAHC.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is proud to be an investor in Lawrence Surgery Center.
Preparing for Surgery
Your physician will discuss your operation with you during your office visit, and your surgical appointment will be scheduled at that time. Please be sure to tell your physician about any medications you are currently taking.
After your surgery is scheduled, a member of our nursing or anesthesia team will contact you to obtain a basic health history and review your pre-operative instructions. It is very important that you speak with someone from Lawrence Surgery Center prior to the date of your procedure.
If you have had any pre-operative tests by another physician, please ask that physician to fax or send the reports to us (Attn: Pre-Op Nurse) prior to your arrival. Our fax number is 785-832-2029.
Before your surgery, you should follow these important safety rules. If you do not follow these guidelines, your operation may have to be delayed or cancelled:
- Make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery. Taxi transportation is allowed only for those patients accompanied by an adult.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless otherwise instructed by your physician. This includes foods, liquids, water, candy, gum and breath mints.
- Do not smoke or use any tobacco products after midnight the night before your surgery.
- You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth the day of surgery, provided nothing is swallowed.
During your pre-op telephone interview, the pre-op nurse from Lawrence Surgery Center will confirm which medications you should take. Failure to follow these instructions can cause serious complications.
- If you take insulin or any other routine medication, your physician or anesthesia provider will explain how to take your medication on the day of the surgery.
- If you take a blood thinner (such as Coumadin, Plavix, aspirin, etc.), please tell your surgeon.
- You may take your normal heart, blood pressure, breathing or seizure medication the morning of surgery with a sip of water. Do not take diuretic medications.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your care, please discuss them with the nurse who calls for your pre-operative interview. Otherwise, feel free to call Lawrence Surgery Center at 785-832-0588.
The Day of Surgery
If you are unable to keep your appointment or you are delayed, please contact Lawrence Surgery Center immediately at 785-832-0588.
- Leave all jewelry and other valuables at home or with a family member.
- Bring your driver’s license or identification card along with your health insurance cards or forms. You may also be asked to pay your co-insurance, deductible or co-payment.
- Choose low-heeled shoes and loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to put on and take off. Avoid garments that pull over your head and have metal buttons or zippers. Sleeves and pant legs should be loose enough to fit over bandages if necessary. No blue jeans or denim should be worn.
- Remove contact lenses, makeup and nail polish.
- You may shower or bathe as you normally would. We recommend showering with unscented antibacterial soap prior to surgery. The soap should say “antibacterial” on the label.
If applicable, bring the following items with you:
- Contact lenses in a case or eyeglasses with a case
- Hearing aid
- Crutches or walker
Please register at the front desk upon arrival. You will be escorted into the pre-operative area where your pulse, temperature, respiration and blood pressure will be taken. You may be asked to change into a surgical gown provided by the Center. Your anesthesia provider and surgeon will visit with you prior to surgery.
Depending on the type of surgical procedure and other factors, you may walk into the operating room for your procedure, and anesthesia will be administered there. After your procedure is completed, you will be moved to a recovery area until you are ready to go home. You may be given crackers and a drink, and one visitor may join you.
Children must not be left unattended in the waiting room, and they will not be permitted in restricted areas for their own safety and the safety of our patients. If you choose to bring children along to the Center, please arrange adequate supervision in advance.
After You Leave the Center
Depending on your procedure, you will be ready to leave the Center 1-2 hours following surgery. You will be given specific discharge instructions from your physician. For your comfort and safety, we will remind you of the following:
- Have someone immediately available the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Take it easy until your physician says you can return to your normal routine.
- It is natural to experience some discomfort in the area of the operation. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness depending on the type of anesthesia you receive or amount of pain medication you are taking at home.
- Follow your physician’s instructions regarding diet, rest and medication.
- Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or power tools, drink alcoholic beverages, make legal decisions, or take medications not prescribed by your physician for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
- Contact your physician if you experience problems after you leave the Center. If you can’t reach your physician but feel your concerns warrant a physician’s attention, call or go to the nearest emergency room.
- It is very important to remember — you must have someone drive you home after the procedure.
After your surgery, a member of the Lawrence Surgery Center staff will call to see how you are doing, or you may contact us during office hours at 785-832-0588.
Surgery for Children
Lawrence Surgery Center was designed to accommodate the special needs of our pediatric patients. The Center has a highly qualified nursing staff, and the anesthesia team has extensive training and experience with children. We invite you to tour the Center and ask any questions you may have prior to your child’s procedure.
A parent or adult guardian is required to stay with patients less than 18 years of age during pre-op and post-op processes, and he or she must remain in the building during the child’s surgical procedure. Legal guardians must bring proof of guardianship. Parents of small children should bring childcare items such as diapers, bottles, sippy cups and extra underclothes. We also encourage children to bring a favorite toy or blanket.