Same Day Procedures
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.
There are several situations that may cause your procedure to be canceled or postponed. This information is found under the Additional Patient Services.
If greater than 200 mg/dL on day of your procedure, please call the Yellowstone Surgery Center location of your procedure as soon as possible.
If you able to check your blood pressure. If greater than 180/100, please call the Yellowstone Surgery Center location of your procedure as soon as possible.
If your appointment is missed, and no attempt was made to cancel in advance, we reserve the right to charge a $50 fee which will not be covered by insurance.
Only if requested by your physician. Follow instructions & drink.
Take your regular blood pressure, cardiac, anti-seizure and gastric reflux medications. (As instructed by your CNL nurse or physician.)
You will be given a time you will be asked to check in at the provided Yellowstone Surgery Center location on the day of your surgery. (This is typically 1.5-2 hours before your scheduled surgery time.)
Part of the check in process will include collecting insurance information and payment. Please review the information listed under Additional Procedure Information.
If you have not already completed your Patient Screening Process with one of Clinical Nurse Liaisons (CNL), a member of staff will complete a nursing assessment and medical history.
You will go into Pre-Op, and prepare for your surgical procedure. For patients aged 10 years and older, will have an intravenous (IV) line started and will receive some fluids for hydration. Patients younger than 10 years of age (specific to not only age, but weight and height too), will have their IV started in the Operating Room.) These IV fluids will continue until oral fluids can be tolerated after surgery and IV pain medication is no longer required.
Your family member or significant other will be invited to sit with you until surgery, and you will then meet with your anesthesiologist. They will review your medical history, complete physical examination and discuss any concerns or questions you may have regarding anesthesia. You will be asked to sign the “Patient Consent for Anesthesia.”
You will then be transferred to the operating room by a nurse, and your family will be shown where to wait in the waiting room. If the patient is younger than 18 years of age, then the family must stay in the facility at all times.
When you arrive in the operating room, anesthetic will be administered using the same IV started in Pre-Op. For patients younger than 10 years of age, anesthesia gas will be administered in the OR and then the IV will be placed. After you are asleep, or sufficiently sedated, you will be positioned onto a bed that is specially designed for your surgery. The surgical location will be scrubbed and prepped, and the surgery will begin.
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
Select from the Following Items for Your Procedure Guide
Suggestions and Recommendations before your Surgery
Day of Surgery Timeline and What to Know
Information to Know and Understand Before You’re Discharged