Yellowstone Surgery Center provides outpatient services where you are not 'admitted' and you typically go home the same day that you visited the surgery center. Overnight procedures also known as 23-hour procedure require you to 'stay' overnight for observation, so we can better monitor your progress.
In the first phase of recovery, you will be closely monitored until you have recovered from anesthesia and are ready to transfer to the second phase of recovery.
During recovery, the nursing staff will complete an assessment, and check your vital signs. At this time your family and visitors will be welcomed in to see you.
From this point on, it will be important to communicate with your nursing staff as soon as you start having pain or nausea so they can intervene appropriately and timely to prevent those symptoms from becoming too severe.
Throughout the rest of your stay your nurses will manage your pain and nausea.
You have the right to expect appropriate pain control. We may not be able to get rid of all of your pain, but we can lower your pain to a level you can handle. Your physician may write a prescription for pain pills that will be used at home. The Yellowstone Surgery Center does not fill prescriptions; therefore, you will need to be prepared to purchase your pain medication at your pharmacy of choice.
While the Yellowstone Surgery Center understands the benefit patients receive from the use of any prescribed medication or treatment, Yellowstone Surgery Center does not allow patients to possess or use medical marijuana while at our surgery center.
You will be able to eat and drink whenever you feel ready, but we recommend that you start off slowly with liquids.
Several snacks are available to you after surgery, but feel free to bring your own, especially if you have special dietary restrictions. Ask your nurse about all the options available to you.
Please review our Recovery section for Discharge information
18 years and older
Due to COVID-19, Yellowstone Surgery Center is currently allowing only one visitor per patient to stay in the building.
Younger than 18
A parent or legal guardian must stay in the building at all times. Yellowstone Surgery Center prefers one, however, we will allow for two.
If you have a mask, please wear it during your time at Yellowstone Surgery Center. If you do not have a mask, Yellowstone Surgery Center will provide one.
A COVID-19 test will be required prior to elective surgery and pain procedures. This will be arranged through your Surgeons office.