What To Expect

We are pleased that you have chosen us to assist in your care. Our facility combines the latest surgical technology with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. This page is designed to provide as much information as possible and to help answer many of the questions you may have regarding your surgery prior to your visit. If you have a specific concern that is not addressed satisfactorily, please feel free to call Canyon Surgery Center at (602) 589-8000.

Learn what to expect and what measures should be taken before, during and after your surgery:

Before Surgery

  • Please talk to your doctor about any daily medications you are currently taking. Be sure to mention any over the counter medications, including herbal supplements.
  • You will receive a phone call from one of our preoperative nurses 1–5 days prior to your scheduled procedure. This is to obtain your medical history, give you pre-surgical information, and ensure that you are an appropriate candidate for outpatient surgery.
  • If you experience any changes in your health, such as a cold, fever or rash, please contact your physician prior to your surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) after 12:00 AM (midnight) unless your physician instructs you differently.
  • Take a bath or shower the night before or morning of the surgery.
  • Brush your teeth but do not swallow the water.
  • Refrain from smoking the evening prior and do not drink alcohol 24 hours before surgery.
  • If, at anytime, you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, please notify your pre-op nurse. If you have a CPAP machine for sleep apnea, you must bring it to Canyon Surgery Center on the day of your procedure.
  • You must have a reliable person to provide you with transportation after your procedure. In addition, a responsible person must be with you for the first 24 hours following your procedure. If this is a problem, please notify your doctor or pre-op nurse.

The Day of Surgery

  • It is important that you arrive promptly at the scheduled time.
  • We encourage you to ask any questions you might have.
  • Let the staff know of any special needs you might have.
  • Bring a picture ID and insurance cards with you. Bring forms (pre-op orders, history and physical copies of labs and EKG) from your physician if requested.
  • If you are taking prescription medications, bring your medications or a complete list of your medications, including the dosage and frequency.
  • Do not wear make-up.
  • Valuables (i.e. all jewelry and money) should be left at home.
  • You may wear glasses, but no contact lenses. Please bring your glasses and a case to protect them from damage.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Expect to be at the facility for two to three hours on the day of your procedure.
  • A specialty nurse will prep you for surgery. You will change into a patient gown and empty your bladder. Female patients may be asked for a urine sample. The nurse will take your blood pressure, temperature, and pulse rate.
  • The patient or guardian (if patient is a minor) will be asked to sign a consent form to authorize the physician to preform the surgery.
  • The anesthesiologist will talk with the patient and discuss the best plan of action.
  • The operating room nurse will interview the patient and transfer them to the operating room while the family waits in the waiting room. Various monitoring devices will be attached to the patient to ensure health and safety during surgery.

After Surgery

  • The patient will be monitored by nurses that are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
  • Recovery and discharge times will vary depending on the type of surgery preformed and/or anesthesia administered.
  • Be sure to follow any specific post operative instructions given to you by your physician regarding diet, exercise, rest, activities, and medication. A written summary of these will be provided to you prior to your release.
  • Dizziness is normal after receiving anesthesia; therefore you should wait 24 hours after returning home before:
    • Driving or operating equipment
    • Signing important papers
    • Making significant decisions
    • Drinking alcoholic beverages
    • Taking any medications that are not prescribed or acknowledged by your surgeon
  • Notify your doctor if you notice any abnormalities at the operative site.
  • If you experience unexpected serve pain, heavy bleeding, or temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, contact your surgeon or go to the emergency room.
  • A recovery nurse will contact you to check on your progress on the next business day following surgery.