Your Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

  1. You will receive a phone call from our nurses prior to your date of surgery to complete a medical history.  This phone call helps to eliminate waiting time on your procedure date.  We will obtain a list of medications with will advise you on medications to take on the date of surgery.  The medications you are advised to take on your date of surgery may be taken with a small sip of water.
  2. You will also receive a phone call from Registration several days before your date of surgery.  Registration staff will verify your demographic and insurance information.  This call helps eliminate paper work when you arrive on your date of surgery.  It also allows Registration Staff to discuss insurance coverage and answer questions.
  3. Our nurses will call in the early afternoon the day before your surgery to finalize your arrival time for the following day.  NOTE:  This is the time you are expected to arrive at the center, not the time your procedure is scheduled to begin.  Monday cases will receive a phone call on the Friday preceding.
  4. Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to the Center and stay at the facility for the direction of your procedure.
  5. Do not eat, drink (unless you have been instructed to take medication) or smoke, after midnight before your procedure, unless otherwise directed.  This includes water, mints, candy and gum.  You may brush your teeth:  however, do not swallow any water.  If you eat or drink after midnight, your surgery may be cancelled.
  6. To cancel, please contact your surgeon’s office at least 24 hours in advance.
  7. Follow any other instructions you have been given from your physician or Maple Surgery Center Staff.

Day of Surgery

  1. Your nurse will check your temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.  In addition, your nurse will verify the health history information that was taken during your telephone call.
  2. You will be asked to sign a consent form.  You will be asked to change into a gown and pre-operative medications may be given at this time.
  3. Your anesthesiologist will review your medical history and your test results (if applicable) while meeting with you.
  4. You may choose to have your family/friends join you upon completion of the nursing assessment.
  5. When it is time for surgery, you will be taken to the operating suite by a surgical nurse and an anesthesia care provider.  The amount of time in surgery depends on your particular procedure.
  6. After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room.  The nurses will monitor your recovery and care for you until your condition allows for your family/friends to join you.


  1. All patients are encouraged to complete and return a survey regarding patient satisfaction with the center.  This survey can be provided in hard copy or sent via e-mail.
  2. It is very important to ask your physician to give you information about:  diet, activity, medication, dressings, pain, follow-up visits, returning to work and bathing.  Feel free to address these issues and any additional questions or concerns.

Respect, Dignity, Comfort and Care

A nurse from Recovery will call you the day following your procedure to check on you and see how you are felling.  You will receive a call on Monday if your procedure was performed on Friday.

Maple Surgery Center recognizes the need for patients to make decisions regarding the healthcare they receive.  The following healthcare directives shall be honored:  Appointment of a Health Care Representative and Durable Power of Attorney, please bring your paperwork with you on the day of surgery.

It is the policy of Maple Surgery Center that any Advanced Directive(s) and Living Will be presented by a patient at the time of treatment will not be honored by the center.

Given the parameters that we use and the expected outcome of a successfully completed operation or procedure, all responsible efforts will be made to resuscitate every patient at Maple Surgery Center regardless of the statement(s) in his/her Living Will or Advanced Directive.

Information regarding the selection of a patient advocate or Power of Attorney will be available upon request.

It is our goal and objective to strive for your stay to be comfortable.  We work hard to respect your privacy.  As part of our commitment to excellence, accrediting and licensing agencies as well as our insurance carrier can potentially review your information.  Your information will not be provided to family or friends unless specifically authorized by you.