PREPARING FOR YOUR SURGERY
• Sometime before your surgery date, a staff
member from the Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
will call you to confirm your surgery time. They will ask
you questions regarding current or past medical
conditions, allergies and medications you are taking. Please don't
hesitate to ask any questions you may have, and be sure to let
the staff know
of any special needs.
• The Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center Staff
will also call you regarding your financial
• Your doctor or the The
Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center nurse will instruct you as to WHAT TIME YOU
ARE TO STOP EATING AND DRINKING prior to
• If you take medication for any conditions, ask
your doctor and/or the Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery
Center's nurse whether or not to take it the day of the
• For women, if there is any possibility that you
are pregnant, please notify your doctor and/or
the Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center's nurse.
• Leave all valuables at home, including watches,
rings, jewelry and wallets.
• Please notify your surgeon of any change in
your health, such as a cold, fever or sore throat.
• For your safety, please arrange for an adult
friend or family member to drive you home. They will be
required to wait at the Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
for you until you are discharged.
• If you have any questions, please call us
DAY OF SURGERY
• Arrive promptly at the time instructed during
your pre-op call. This will allow adequate time for
all necessary admission procedures.
• Please bring your insurance
identification cards and photo ID. If special financial arrangements are
necessary, please call the Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery
Center prior to admission.
• Be sure to bring any paperwork your
doctor gave you, such as test results or your medical history,
and a list of medications you are taking.
• Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing.
• Upon arrival, you will change into a
hospital gown and slippers which we provide. You will be
asked to remove contact lenses, dentures, jewelry and any
IN THE RECOVERY AREA
• After surgery, you will be moved to the
Recovery Area where you will be closely monitored until
you are ready to go home.
• When you are fully awake, your family will be
able to join you. Although the times may vary, most
patients are discharged 45 minutes to 1-1/2 hours after
• It is perfectly normal to feel discomfort in
the area of the surgery. You may also experience some
drowsiness or dizziness, depending on the kind of
anesthesia you received.
AT HOME AFTER SURGERY
• Your surgeon will provide specific instructions
for care while recovering at home. In the event of
difficulty, please call your surgeon.
• For the first 24 hours following surgery, do
not engage in strenuous activities, do not drink any
alcoholic beverages, drive, or make any critical decisions.
• A nurse from the Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery
Center will call you within a day or two to evaluate
how you are recovering at home.
• You will be asked to complete a questionnaire
about the care you received. Your comments will
enable us to continue to improve our services.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS A PATIENT
• To provide the Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery
Center with a complete medical history, present
complaints and other matters relating to your health.
• To ask questions if directions, procedures or
other information is not understood.
• To follow the plan of treatment and
instructions recommended by your physician and other
professionals responsible for your care.
• To accept consequences of your actions if you
fail to follow the plan of treatment.
• To show respect and consideration for other
patients, families and visitors of the Ohio Valley
Ambulatory Surgery Center.
• Ohio Valley Ambulatory
Surgery Center's fees cover the use of the facility only, and
do not include laboratory, pathology, surgeon or
anesthesiologist fee. You will be billed separately for these services.
• As a courtesy, we will
bill your primary and secondary insurance carriers or
governmental agency directly for the Ohio Valley Ambulatory
Surgery Center's charges. Be sure to bring your most current
insurance, Medicare, or public
assistance card with you
on the day of your surgery. If you have more than one
insurance carrier, we will also need accurate secondary billing
• Please be aware of any
admission policies your insurance plan may have. You or your
physicians may have to adhere to certain requirements in
order to insure maximum
reimbursement. Failure to
obtain pre-authorization, physician referral, or a
second opinion may greatly reduce or eliminate your benefits.
• Be prepared to bring any
co-pay or co-insurance amounts on the day of your
surgery. Patients who do not have insurance coverage may
also be required to pay a portion of
their charges in advance.
Also, please make sure you bring a photo ID. We will need
to see this as part of your insurance validation. We
realize, however, that at times you may require special
financial arrangements. In these
instances, please phone
our office prior to your surgery to discuss alternative
methods of payment. The Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
accepts cash, cashier's checks, credit cards, and personal
checks with a valid I.D.
• Please feel free to
contact our business office at any time if you have questions or
concerns regarding the facility charges, the financial
policy, or billing procedures. Call
740.423.4684 for more