Before Surgery

The staff at Valley Regional Surgery Center knows that having surgery may be stressful for you. We hope it's reassuring to you to know that your surgery will take place in a modern and fully equipped surgery center in Miami County, Ohio.  Most importantly, our staff has the specialized training to meet your specific needs. We care about YOU!

Please take a few minutes to read this information. We've tried to answer all the questions you might have. Following these guidelines will help your operation to proceed smoothly and will allow your recovery to be as comfortable as possible.


Medications and Pre-Existing Conditions

To make sure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible, we need to know a few things about you first. That is why it is important for you to fill out our Medications List Form and Patient Information Form so we are aware of your specific needs. You can download these forms using the links on the right side of this page.

The Medications List Form should include any prescription medications your are taking as well as things like herbal supplements, diet pills, or over-the-counter products like aspirin or ibuprofen. This will help us ensure that whatever medications you need for your procedure are correct and avoid complications.

The Patient Information Form tells us what other medical issues you might have that can affect your procedure. Heart conditions, diabetes, pregnancy, and even allergies are important for us to be aware of to ensure you receive the best care we can offer. Please take the time to fill out this form thoroughly and accurately.


The Day Before Surgery

Please call us the day prior to your surgery to review your surgical time and your arrival time.  Please call (888)-778-3848 between the hours of 6:00 am - 3:30 pm for this information.

Do not use alcohol or tobacco for 24 hours before and after your procedure.


The Night Before Surgery

Please arrange for a responsible relative or adult friend to drive you home. Patients recovering from anesthesia are not allowed to drive. If anesthesia is used you must have someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours at home after your surgery.

Before you go to sleep, you should have a high protein snack such as crackers with cheese and/or peanut butter. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU DON'T EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF.

Do not take anti-inflammatories for 1-2 weeks prior to your procedure. (Examples include ASPIRIN, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Nuprin, etc.) unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) is safe to use.


The Morning of Surgery

YOUR OPERATION MAY BE CANCELLED IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE GUIDELINES.

DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING INCLUDING CHEWING GUM, CANDY OR WATER UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF. You may brush your teeth but be careful not to swallow any water.

IMPORTANT: If you have a cold, sore throat, fever, urinary tract infection, an area of concern near your surgical site, or other illness 24 hours prior to your procedure, please call your doctor as soon as possible. If you cannot reach your doctor, please report your illness to our nursing staff.

Women age 13 and older will need to have a pregnancy test or sign a waiver regarding possibility of pregnancy before surgery.

 ALSO...

  • Bring your completed Medication List and Patient Information forms with you if you have not already provided them.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing so it will be easier to change before and after surgery.
  • Please do not wear contact lenses, make-up, nail polish or jewelry.
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and dentures may need to be removed and stored in proper containers before surgery. Please bring containers with you.
  • Children may bring a favorite blanket or toy to take with them to surgery.
  • Leave all your valuables at home, including money and wallet unless instructed by the Billing Department concerning co-pays and co-insurance payments.
  • Please remember to bring your ID and insurance cards and completed claim forms.
  • Do not take your prescription medication on the morning of surgery unless instructed to do so by our professional staff.

Special Circumstances

Patients under the age of 18 years old MUST have a parent or legal guardian accompany them to the Surgery Center and remain at the Surgery Center until the patient is discharged. Parental consent is required for minors to receive medical, surgical and anesthesia services. We recognize that a parent's presence is very comforting to a child. You may stay with your child until they are brought to the operating room. Parents and child are reunited in the recovery room as soon as possible after surgery.