What to Expect

Before Your Surgery:

It is your responsibility to arrange in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you the first 24 hours after surgery. You cannot drive yourself or be left alone if you have had anesthesia or any sedation. Your surgery will be cancelled if you do not have a ride home.

Go online to https://skywaysurgerycenter.simpleadmit.com/Welcome.aspx to complete your health history as soon as your surgery/procedure is scheduled. The pre op nurse will need this information to prepare for your preoperative call.   A Skyway Surgery Center pre-op nurse will call you within two business days prior to your scheduled date to review the information you have provided as well as to give you instructions and confirm your arrival time.  Please notify Skyway Surgery Center (530 230 2000) by 4pm the day prior to your surgery if you have not spoken with a Skyway pre- o p nurse.

A representative from our business office will contact you regarding your insurance coverage if you owe any payment the day of surgery (co-payments, deductibles, fees for non-covered items, etc.).

If your surgeon has ordered any pre-operative testing (e.g. EKG, lab work , x rays) please have it done as soon as possible so that we receive results in a timely manner, which allows us to address the need for any follow-up testing.  Pre operative testing delays can result in you surgery being cancelled.

If you develop any changes in health (i.e. a cold, fever, and/or rash) please notify your surgeon immediately.

Day of Surgery/Procedure:

Arrive promptly at the time you’ve been told to arrive. Usually you will plan to arrive 1 ½ hours prior to the scheduled surgery time. Although your surgeon may give you a preliminary time for your procedure, changes often occur in scheduling.  Skyway Surgery Center will call you the day before surgery to give you an arrival time to be admitted.  Notify the surgery by 4pm the day prior to your surgery if you have not received a call of your arrival time.   Please have the phone number for your ride available, if they are not staying at the center, so that we can call them when you are ready to go. If your surgery is scheduled for one hour or less (especially cataract and GI procedures) your ride will stay at our facility. Your surgery will be cancelled if you do not have a ride home.

Do not eat or drink ANYTHING after Midnight unless otherwise advised on your pre op phone call – this includes water, gum, breath mints, cough drops, etc. –. Do not smoke after midnight.

Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Please shower the morning of surgery and please do not use any highly scented items (lotions, perfumes, etc.), deodorant, makeup, finger nail polish or make-up. Please do not wear any jewelry.  Leave all valuables at home except insurance card, picture ID, and payment.

If you wear dentures, hearing aids, or eyeglasses we encourage you to bring them with you along with their containers/case. If you wear contact lenses we encourage you to wear your glasses the day of surgery since they will need to be removed before surgery.

Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (legal guardians must provide proof of guardianship). Parents and legal guardians MUST stay at the surgery center the entire duration of their child’s stay.

A receptionist will ask you to complete any necessary information when you arrive at the facility and then you will be taken to the pre op area where a nurse and anesthesiologist will complete your pre op assessment prior to your surgery.  An adult can accompany you to this area.  Your companion will remain in the lobby while you are in the procedure.

After Your Surgery/Procedure:

You will transfer to the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) past your procedure where you will be evaluated until discharge.   Your companion will be notified and allowed to stay with you in PACU at the nurse’s digression.

After recovering in our post-anesthesia care unit, a nurse will review discharge instructions with your companion/ride before sending you home. A written copy of these instructions will also be provided. Please follow these instructions regarding diet, rest, activities, and medications for a speedy recovery!

Please do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or make important personal or business decisions for at least 24 hours after surgery.

It is common to feel drowsy, dizzy, or nauseous following anesthesia. These are normal side effects and may last 12-24 hours. Plan to rest, eat light, bland meals when you get home, and to have someone stay with you.

If you experience any unexpected, severe pain, heavy bleeding, or a fever greater than 101 degree contact your surgeon or go to the emergency room immediately.

A Skyway team member will call you the day after your surgery to check on how you are doing.