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Before My Surgery

You will be contacted by the Pueblo Surgery Center Registration department prior to your arrival to confirm demographic and insurance information. We will also notify you of your estimated co-pay, co-insurance, and/or deductible due the day of service

A Health History Nurse will call you prior to your surgery to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.

Food and Drink

If you are arriving BEFORE noon:
Do not eat food or dairy products after midnight the night before your surgery.  You may have clear, non-alcoholic liquids up to two (2) hours before your arrival. If your physician has indicated different food and drink instructions, continue to follow their guidelines.

If you are arriving AFTER noon:
You may eat toast with jelly six (6) hours prior to your arrival time but avoid dairy products after midnight.  You may have clear, non-alcoholic liquids up to two (2) hours before your arrival time. If your surgeon has indicated different food and drink instructions, continue to follow their guidelines.

Alcohol
Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

Smoking
No smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.

Clothing
Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Valuables
Please leave valuables at home. 

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Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal medicines.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery.  You can discuss this with your surgeon. 

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery. 
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, and interpreter is required.  If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the surgery center at 719-544-1600 as soon as possible. 

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