At Bellin Orthopedic Surgery Center, we are not only focused on the best possible outcomes, we are focused on a surgical experience that keeps our patients informed, comfortable, safe and relaxed. From arrival to discharge, our process is designed to offer low stress and low pain. Our qualified staff of orthopedic surgeons and nurses are always here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
- Arrange any labs or testing you may need before surgery
- Review current medications
- Answer any questions you may have about your surgery
- You will receive your surgery time along with your arrival time the week before your scheduled surgery date
- 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
*** If you need to get in touch with our PrePARE team, please call us at 920-569-4328.
THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SURGERY
Please DO NOT eat any solid food for eight hours or drink any liquid for four hours prior to your arrival time. This includes water, gum, and mints. If you do not do this, your procedure may have to be cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled.
THE MORNING OF YOUR SURGERY
- We typically ask patients to arrive 90 minutes before their scheduled surgery. On occasion, unforeseen circumstances require us to adjust surgery times. We will do our best to keep you informed if we are ahead of schedule or delayed.
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. If you are having shoulder surgery, make sure to wear or bring an over-sized button-up or zip-up sweatshirt to wear home.
- Remember to bring your insurance cards and photo ID.
- Bring any items such as: C-pap machine, crutches, cane or walker, immobilizer/brace or ice cooler.
- Bring a responsible adult (18+) to accompany you during surgery.
- Bring any prescription medications with you in the original bottle(s), including insulin and asthma inhalers.
- Make sure to remove all jewelry, watches, makeup or nail polish. If you wear contact lenses, please bring a case and your glasses with you.
Persons under 18 years of age MUST have a parent or legal guardian with them to sign the consent forms.
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.
- You will rest in our recovery room under the care of specially trained nurses. Once you return to your room, we will bring in your caregiver. You may feel drowsy, light-headed or dizzy after your surgery.
- Your anesthesiologist will monitor your condition. Your nurse and surgeon will answer your questions and provide you with detailed instructions.
- You MUST have a responsible adult to stay with you.
LEAVING THE SURGERY CENTER
For most non-joint replacement procedures, patients are typically ready to leave the surgery center within two hours following surgery. You will receive specific discharge instructions, both verbal and written, before leaving. A surgery center team member will contact you after you have been home to check your progress and answer any questions.
For additional information about the recovery process, click here.