Before and After Surgery

Arrange For A Ride Home And An Adult Companion For 24 Hours. Anesthesia and medications will slow your reflexes and may make you feel drowsy. Driving would be dangerous and you MUST arrange for a ride home. DO NOT use public transportation. (i.e. buses, taxis, etc.)

Pre-Surgery Testing

A Pre-admission nurse will attempt to call all patients scheduled for surgery prior to the day of surgery and a medical history will be obtained to determine if pre-surgery testing is needed. Patients will need to provide a complete list of their medications (including vitamins and herbal supplements). If testing is necessary, patients will be directed as to where and when testing will be performed. If you have not received a call from Cool Springs Surgery Center within 24 hours of your scheduled surgery, PLEASE contact us at 615.224.6000.

Before Surgery

Please read the following instructions carefully:

If you are scheduled to receive an anesthetic for surgery and have not received a call from the anesthesia department by noon the day before your procedure, please call 615-468-2682. If you are receiving a general anesthetic, we MUST speak with you regarding your health history and important preoperative instructions.

Cool Springs Surgery Center will attempt to contact you within three days prior to your surgery to confirm your appointment and review your medical history with you.

The business office will attempt to contact you prior to surgery to notify you of the amount of insurance benefits estimated and your share of the expenses. You should be prepared to pay any deductible, co-pay and co-insurance on date of service. The Center accepts cash, cashier’s checks, MasterCard, Visa and American Express, Discover and Care Credit.

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight (not even water) unless otherwise instructed by the anesthesia personnel. Also, do not chew gum. Please ask your physician if you should take your morning medications with a sip of water.

DO NOT bring:

  • Jewelry
  • Valuables

Cool Springs Surgery Center does not assume responsibility for these items.

DO bring:

  • Insurance Card
  • Estimated Co-pay, deductible or co-insurance
  • Driver’s license or other government issued picture identification
  • Copy of Advanced Directive and/or Living Will, if available
  • Contact lenses or glasses case, if applicable, as these cannot be worn in the Operating Room
  • Please bring a detailed list of all regular daily medications. Include name of medication, dosage strength and frequency taken. This includes inhalers, herbal medications, vitamins and over-the-counter medications.

Remember to wear loose fitting clothing that will be comfortable.

If you experience any change in your health prior to surgery such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or respiratory infection, please contact your surgeon immediately.

Cool Springs Surgery Center does not begin patient registration prior to 6:00 am. If you are under 18 years of age and unmarried, you must have a parent or legal guardian to sign a consent for your operation/treatment.

Children MUST have a legal guardian in the facility at ALL times during the child’s stay.

After Surgery

Expect to spend approximately 60 – 90 minutes in the Recovery Room for care and instructions before going home.

Nurses and physicians will answer your questions and go over your post-surgical instructions. You will receive a written copy of these instructions. Please follow them carefully.

You must have a responsible adult with you to listen to your discharge instructions, drive you home and stay with you on the day of surgery.

You need to have transportation home readily available as surgery schedules can be subject to change.

For 24 hours DO NOT:

  • Drive any vehicle
  • Operate any machinery
  • Make any important decisions
  • Drink alcoholic beverages
  • Assume responsibility for care of others
  • Take sleeping pills or tranquilizers without doctor permission
  • DO NOT take part in any strenuous activity until advised by your surgeon

One of our nurses will attempt to call you the day following your surgery to check on your recovery.

We aim to exceed your expectations with the service you receive and put you on the track to a quick and complete recovery. In the meantime, if you have any questions about your progress, call your doctor.