Do I need to visit the Center before surgery date?

No, you will not need to visit the center prior to surgery.  All patients are required to have a history and physical within 30 days of surgery.  Your surgeon may perform the history and physical or ask that you see your primary care physician an appointment.  If blood work or x-rays are required, your surgeon will advise you where you may have this done.

Some families may elect to bring their children for a preoperative tour of Haymarket Surgery Center. Please call to schedule an appointment should you wish to tour the facility.

What if I cannot make my appointment?

Please notify your surgeon and the Haymarket Surgery Center at 571-445-3800 as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing. Button-down shirts or blouses are best rather than something that may need to go over your head.  Wear comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in.  You will have had anesthesia and might be uneasy on your feet.  Please remember to remove and leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercings. You will not be allowed to wear any metal items in the operating room.  If you wear contact lenses, you will probably have to remove them for the surgery, so consider bringing your glasses. If you have to wear your contacts, please bring contact solution and contact lens case. If you wear eyeglasses, please bring your eyeglass case. Please do not wear any make-up as this can hide certain clinical signs.

Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery?

We ask that you refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery in order to prevent the aspiration of gastric contents into your lungs during your surgery. This complication is very serious and you need to strictly abide by our recommendations.

We have very clear policies as to specific times before surgery when you must refrain from eating and/or drinking. These are all based on safety standards. We believe that the fasting time should be as short as possible before your surgery. You will not improve your safety by not eating or drinking longer than necessary; in fact, at times you may complicate things a bit.

Children have different fasting schedules than adults – so please check in the Children and Special Needs Adults section.

Should I take my usual daily medication?

The Health History nurse will advise which medications you should take before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold oral diabetic medicines and instruct you on the dosage of insulin. You will be instructed during your pre-operative call as to which medications should be taken. Please bring all your medications with you or a detailed list with medication name, strength, frequency and when the last dose was taken.  It is important that we know all of the medications you are taking to avoid any detrimental drug interactions.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery. Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. Please call us with any questions you may have.

A Medication Reconciliation Form will be completed for you and will list the medications you are taking.  We will give you a copy of this form when you are discharged.

May I continue my herbal medications?

No, we prefer that you stop these before surgery.  Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may affect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?

You are welcome to have family and friends accompany you to the center.  We do have a comfortable waiting area in the center but space might be limited.

When a patient is a child often two parents and/or guardians will accompany him or her to the Center.  At least one parent will need to remain in the center at all times.

Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.

Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?

If you are scheduled for anesthesia, our anesthesia team will individualize your care appropriate to the planned surgery.

Will I be contacted before my surgery?

We will call you before your surgery to gather health information and hopefully answer any of your questions. Preoperative instructions will be given by the nurse who calls you. You can also call the Center directly with any questions.

Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?

Yes. You can comfortably take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, etc. Remember that you may have shower or bath limitations following your surgery and may not be able to bathe or may have difficulty bathing after your procedure.  Please do not use make up, hair spray, nail polish or perfumes on the day of surgery. These may interfere with the anesthesia monitoring and possibly hide clinical signs from the anesthesiologist.

What should I do if I am not feeling well?

If you are not feeling well, please contact your surgeon or the center.  Many times, surgery may need to be delayed until you are feeling better

What should I do if I started my menstrual cycle?

This will not affect most surgical procedures.  Call us at 571-445-3800 if you have any questions and ask for a pre-op nurse.

What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?

It is our policy to perform pregnancy tests on all eligible females and if you are pregnant, we will not perform surgery.

May I drive home?

No, any patient receiving anesthesia will not be allowed to drive home. A patient receiving sedation for a procedure needs a ride home. Patients who have procedures performed under local anesthesia can drive home

May I speak to my anesthesiologist before the surgery?

Yes, all patients will be seen by the anesthesiologist on the day of surgery prior to entering the operating room. Sufficient time should be spent to answer any questions you may have. If you need to speak to the anesthesiologist before the day of surgery, you are welcome to call the Center and we will arrange for you speak with an anesthesiologist. We can also arrange a preoperative interview if you desire.

What if I have special needs?

We will make every effort to accommodate any special needs you may have. We strongly encourage you to call the Surgery Center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable.

Should I bring my special needs equipment?

Yes. Please bring any walkers, post-op crutches, hearing aids, orthopadeic devices (braces, boots), etc.

What must I bring with me on the day of surgery?

  • Bring case for eyeglasses or contacts
  • Bring insurance identification cards and driver’s license
  • Co-payments
  • Bring all medications
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home
  • Bring a favorite bottle or sippy cup for your child
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home

How will my pain be managed?

The management of your pain is of great importance to us. We will be assessing your level of pain from the time of admission until you receive our postoperative call at home. We need to inform and prepare you for each step of the process. This education will begin with our first contact. You will be repeatedly asked to rate your pain from a numerical scale. Using the results of our communication, we will alter the therapy as needed in order to assure your comfort.

The management of your pain will be taken very seriously. We will often use a combination of different modalities to help make you comfortable, choosing from oral medications, intravenous medications, nerve blocks, injection of local anesthetic during the surgery, etc. and prior to the surgery, the management of your pain should be discussed with both your anesthesiologist and surgeon. Please feel free to bring up any concerns or fears you may have. Remember that information on pain management gives you the appropriate expectations and hence a smoother, more comfortable recovery.

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  • Location

    We are located at 15195 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 210 in Haymarket, VA. Our phone number is 571-445-3800.
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  • Surgery Hours

    • Monday - Friday
      7am - 4pm
    • Saturday - Sunday
      Closed