Surgery Instructions

The following information is to help you prepare for your upcoming surgery at Bellin Orthopedic Surgery Center, as well as what to expect from our facility and our staff members.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us at (920) 569-4300 or 1-877-302-7121.

HOURS OF OPERATION

  • Bellin Orthopedic Surgery Center is open Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
  • (If you are instructed to arrive earlier than 6:00 AM for surgery, the facility will be open for your arrival.)

PRIOR TO SURGERY

  • Register your medical information by using the “Register Your Info” button on the top right corner or a nurse from the Surgery Center will call you to collect the information.
  • Arrange any labs or testing you may need before surgery.
  • Review your medical history and current medications.
  • Answer any question you may have about your surgery.
  • A member of our business office will contact you to answer any questions you have about your financial responsibilities and will confirm your insurance coverage prior to your surgery. As part of our efforts to serve our community, we gladly accept Medicare assignment and participate in a number of managed care and insurance programs. We do accept all major credit cards.
  • If you suspect you are pregnant, please notify your surgeon. Anesthesia and certain medications may be harmful to the developing fetus.
  • Please stop aspirin one week before your surgery unless instructed by our cardiologist or surgeon. Stop Motrin, Advil, Daypro, Naprosyn, Feldene, etc. for three days prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon.
  • *** If you have not heard from or have not been seen by our Prepare staff, please call us at 920-569-4328.

THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SURGERY
Please DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery, including; gum, water, mints, or vitamins unless your anesthesiologist has give you special instructions stating otherwise. If you do not do this, your procedure may have to be cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled.

THE MORNING OF YOUR SURGERY

  • DO arrive 90 minutes before your scheduled surgery (unless otherwise instructed). On occasion, unforeseen circumstances require that we adjust surgery times. We will do our best to keep you informed if we are ahead of schedule or of any delays.
  • DO wear comfortable clothing that you can change easily and that will not bind the site of your surgery. If having shoulder surgery make sure to wear or bring an over-sized button-up shirt to wear home.
  • DO remember to bring your Insurance cards, and Medicare or Medicaid card (if applicable) with you.
  • DO bring with you (if issued) any items such as: crutches, cane or walker, immobilizer/brace, ice machine, or unit pad up to the surgery center facility.
  • DO bring a friend or family member to wait for you during surgery. (Bellin Orthopedic Surgery Center has WiFi available.)
  • DO NOT wear jewelry, watches, makeup, or nail polish. If you wear contact lenses, please bring a case with you as well as glasses. (The ASC is not responsible for lost articles)
  • Persons under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian with them to sign the consent forms.
  • If you are a diabetic and take insulin, bring it with you.
  • If you use inhalers, please bring them with you.
  • Your anesthesiologist will discuss your procedure with you, tell you exactly what will happen before, during, and after your surgery, and answer any remaining questions you may have.

AFTER SURGERY

  • You must have a responsible adult with you to drive you home or accompany you if you plan to use a taxi service.
  • You will rest in our recovery room under the care of specially trained nurses. Once you move to Phase 2 of your recovery we will bring in your family member or friend to be with you. You may feel sleepy or dizzy after your surgery.
  • Your anesthesiologist will monitor your condition. Nurses and physicians will answer your questions and provide you with detailed instructions.

LEAVING THE SURGERY CENTER

  • For most procedures you will be ready to leave the Surgery Center within 2 hours following completion of your surgery. You will receive specific discharge instructions, both verbal and written before leaving, please follow them carefully. A member of the Surgery Center staff will contact you after you have been home for at least one day to check your progress and answer any questions.
  • DO have someone plan to stay at home with you through the night.
  • DO NOT drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after your surgery.

WHEN YOU GET HOME

  • Patients often experience minor after effects following anesthesia, such as drowsiness, muscle aches, a sore throat, headaches, or dizziness. Nausea may also be present, but vomiting is less common (See “Preventing Nausea/Vomiting after Surgery”). These side effects decline in the hours following surgery, but may take several days before they are gone completely.
  • The majority of patients do not feel up to their typical activities the next day, usually due to tiredness or surgical discomfort. Remember as you go about your day to move slowly and carefully and to get plenty of rest (See “Managing Your Pain at Home”).
  • Many people suffer from a bout of constipation after surgery. The most common causes of constipation after surgery are from pain medications and anesthesia (See “Causes/Prevention of Constipation”).
  • Contact your surgeon if you have questions about what you can and cannot do, when you can return to work, and how active you may be.