Welcome to ProHealth Care Moreland Surgery Center. The information under this tab will help you understand what will happen before your procedure/surgery. It also includes frequently asked questions and brief information for after surgery.
A Soon As Surgery Is Scheduled
Pre-registration should be completed on-line by clicking our preregistration link and going to our One Medical Passport site to complete your demographic and medical history information. A representative from the Surgery Center will be contacting you to review your Pre-Registration data within 72 hours of your scheduled procedure. This process involves answering questions to clarify your name, address, phone, insurance or HMO, etc. You will also be interviewed by a nurse to review information regarding your health history. If we are unable to contact you prior to your surgery date, this information will be reviewed prior to the start of your surgery the day of your procedure.
- Demographic data
- Insurance data
- Medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamin and herbal supplements. (It is important that we have the "mg" strength of all prescriptions. Having that information available at the time of the interview will be very helpful.)
- Your medical history, including any previous surgeries and reactions to anesthesia.
The nurse will then give you specific instructions relating to processes at the surgery center, including arrival time and place, approximate time of surgery, and medication information for the day of surgery.
It is necessary for you to pre-register on-line and talk with a nurse before your surgery.
Completing Required Testing
You may need to have certain tests done prior to your surgery. You may have these done at the facility of your choice, typically the hospital or your doctor’s office. It is important that you tell us where and when you are having the tests done to assure that we get the results for your surgeon. For your convenience, the Lab and Testing Center, located near the West Entry at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Moreland Medical Center Lab is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 noon. No appointment is necessary; it is best if you have these tests done at least five to seven days before your scheduled procedure.
How to Prepare for Your Surgery
Careful attention to the following instructions will help ensure your comfort and reduce the possibility of complications
- The nurse will tell you when to stop eating and drinking prior to your surgery.
- Specifics about what medications you should take or hold will be discussed.
- If you are diabetic, you will be given specific instructions from the nurse. Your blood sugar will be tested after your arrival and medicine given accordingly.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Take a shower or bathe in the morning before you come.
- Wear comfortable clothing. Do not wear any lotions, powders, perfume, or cologne on your skin. Do not wear makeup. If you wear nail polish or acrylic nails and are having arm or hand surgery, the nurse will give you specific instructions.
- If you wear contact lenses, leave them out and wear your glasses
- If you have any body piercings, all piercing jewelry must be removed.
- Make arrangements for your ride to and from the surgery center. Also, if you receive anesthesia you will need to stay with a responsible adult for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
- If you become ill, contact your surgeon PRIOR to the day of surgery.
- Bring all paperwork and x-rays you may have with you.
When you arrive at the surgery center
When you arrive at the surgery center:
- You will be greeted by the receptionist and taken to your private patient-care area.
- You will be asked to change into a gown.
- A nurse will review your paperwork, including a consent form, and take your vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, etc.).
- An IV will be started for all procedures requiring anesthesia.
- IV's will not be started on children while awake. If one is needed, it will be started during anesthesia.
- We suggest adults have one adult companion; children may have one or both parents.
- The anesthesiologist will meet with you to discuss anesthesia and answer any questions you may have if you are scheduled to receive anesthesia.
- Your surgeon will stop by before you go to the operating room.
- The surgical team will come to take you to the operating room. Your family will wait in the Waiting Room. The surgeon will talk to them after your surgery is finished.
- Children may bring a special toy and/or blanket to the operating room with them.
- Be sure to let the nurse know if you have any questions.
You may go to the Recovery Room. The time it takes to recover will vary based on the procedure performed and the anesthetic you are given. Generally, recovery will take about one hour. Equipment, such as cardiac monitor, electronic blood pressure units, and thermometers may be used. You also might be given oxygen.
Recovery and Discharge from the Surgery Center
Upon return to your room, you will continue to be monitored, your surgical dressing checked, and your comfort level assessed. Medication will be offered as needed. You will be given liquids and encouraged to increase your activity and/or walk.
When you are ready for discharge, your nurse will go over all post-operative instructions with you and your family. It is important that you follow all the instructions. You may feel weak and drowsy after your procedure. Therefore, you should not drive, sign legal documents, or make important decisions until the following day of your procedure.