When you need surgical or endoscopy services at Canyon Vista Medical Center the first thing you will notice is you are the center of our focus. From your first contact with our pre admission testing nurse to your discharge instructions, your care, comfort, and concerns are our number one objective.
We provide surgical/endoscopy services at:
- Our hospital’s main campus – 5700 E. Highway in Sierra Vista
- Our Outpatient Surgery Center – 5700 E. Highway 90 in Sierra Vista
We are proud of the range of services we provide giving you the advantage of receiving exceptional care closer to home. Our compassionate surgical staff, led by your physician and anesthesiologist, is comprised of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, surgical technicians, and the Sterile Processing team all licensed and certified by the state of Arizona, carrying the highest levels of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
What to do before your surgery or procedure:
Thank you for choosing Canyon Vista Medical Center for your upcoming surgery or procedure. These instructions will help you prepare for a safe and successful experience at our facility.
Please notify your doctor if there is a change in your health prior to surgery. A cold, flu, or any sign of infection may require your surgery to be rescheduled.
- First, call 520-263-2570 option 2, then option 3 to register for your surgery or procedure. Please have your insurance information available and a phone number where you can be easily reached.
- You will be required to speak with a nurse in person or on the phone prior to the day of your surgery/procedure.
- This may take up to 45 minutes. Appointments can be scheduled for your convenience during registration.
- Please be prepared to provide us with a complete list of ALL your medications (prescription, over the counter, vitamins and supplements) complete with dosage and frequency.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR SAFETY
- Adults: Absolutely nothing to eat after midnight. No food, gum, candy, or mints.
(Note: If you are having a colonoscopy or endoscopy please follow your Doctor’s special prep instructions.)
- Adults: Clear liquids (see below) up to 6 hours prior to your arrival time.
- Pediatrics: 2 – 12 years: Stop food 6 hours before admission. Stop clear liquids 4 hours before admission.
- Pediatrics: Less than 2 years: Stop solid food 6 hours before admission. Stop breast milk 3 hours before admission and clear liquids 2 hours before admission.
- Clear Liquids: See through liquids such as apple, white grape, cranberry juice, water, jello, soda, clear broth, coffee with no cream.
- No alcohol within 24 hours.
- You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow.
- Shower or bathe prior to coming in for your surgery/procedure. Be sure your hair is dry. No creams, lotions, powders or perfumes on your skin. No makeup, especially mascara.
- Hand or foot surgery: We recommend artificial nails and nail polish be removed from the operative hand or foot.
- ALL jewelry must be removed, this includes wedding bands and all body piercings.
- Do not shave your surgery site.
- Do not glue dentures.
- No contact lenses during surgery.
- Bring your hearing aids and glasses with you.
- Bring your insurance cards, picture ID, and payment method with you on the day of surgery.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing for the affected limb/surgery site and wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Do not bring ANY valuables with you in to the surgery area (watch, jewelry, cellphones, Ipads, etc.).
- Only one person may accompany you in the pre-op and post-op area. Minors (under 18yrs) may be accompanied by two parents. Minors must have a legal guardian present in the hospital at all times.
YOUR RIDE HOME
- A responsible adult 18 yrs or older must accompany you home.
- You will not be permitted to leave the hospital alone or to drive or operate hazardous machinery for at least 24 hours after surgery.
- You will not be permitted to take a taxi home alone.
- It is strongly recommended that you arrange for someone to assist you at home for the first 24 hours after surgery.
1. Please call the scheduling office at 520-263-2570 between 6 am and 11 am the day before surgery (Mon – Fri) for your arrival time. Please be aware that emergencies may delay the start of your surgery.
2. Remember your surgery may be rescheduled if: you do not follow the instructions for your safety, ordered laboratory studies are not completed, your pre-op interview has not been completed, or a responsible adult cannot accompany you from the hospital following surgery.
If you have any questions regarding these instructions, your surgery or procedure, please call your doctor’s office or our facility at 520-263-2570.
What to Expect:
- On the day of your surgery, you will check in with our helpful Client Services staff that will quickly process your paperwork.
- One of our nurses will conduct you to the pre-operative area where you will be readied for surgery.
- You may have one family member or friend stay with you during this process.
- You are welcome to bring something to read or do until it is time to go into surgery.
- Please do not bring any valuables with you on the day of your surgery. If you inadvertently do so, please tell your nurse so your valuables can be secured in our hospital safe.
- Your family and friends may wait in our spacious waiting room, equipped with cable television.
- We do request that cellular telephones are limited to outdoor use.
- Our full service Canyon Café is available for meals and snacks. Please click on this link for more information about our Café.
- Your family members and friends will be fully informed of your progress and your support person may visit you in the post-operative area after you are recovered from anesthesia.
In addition to providing high standards of care, our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible by answering your questions and educating you about your surgical care. We also welcome your calls at 520- 263-3032 if we may further explain or answer any of your questions.
- General Surgery
- Gynecological Surgery
- No solid food after midnight the night before surgery. You may have clear liquids up to five hours before surgery.
- If you routinely take medications in the morning (especially blood pressure medication), consult your physician. If you are advised to take medication the day of surgery, you may take it with a sip of water.
- If you are being treated for any other medical condition, please call your medical doctor or primary care physician to obtain specific pre-surgery instructions.
- Plan to have someone drive you home following surgery. Your surgery may be rescheduled if a responsible adult will not be available to accompany you from the hospital after surgery.
- If a developmentally disabled person is having surgery, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the surgery consent form. If you are the legal guardian, bring proof of guardianship papers with you. You must remain at the hospital during their surgery.
- To find out when you should arrive for surgery and/or procedure, call 520-263-2570 Monday -Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. the day before surgery.
- Notify your physician and our facility if there is a change in your health prior to surgery. A cold, flu, or any sign of infection may require your surgery to be rescheduled.
- Physicians may require lab work or other tests prior to surgery. Be sure to have this done following your physician’s instructions.
- Shower or bathe as usual before coming to the hospital. Do not apply any creams or lotions to your skin. Be sure your hair is dry.
- Do not wear makeup, especially mascara. No hairpieces.
- Artificial nails and nail polish must be removed from the operative hand or foot.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Do not bring any valuables with you on the day of surgery. This includes all jewelry including wedding bands. No metal of any kind is allowed including rings or body piercings.
- Bring a case for your eyeglasses and/or hearing aids.
- Please remember, your surgery may be rescheduled if you eat anything after midnight the evening before surgery, if your ordered laboratory studies are not complete, or if a responsible adult does not accompany you from the hospital following surgery.
Your Hospital Stay
After surgery you will be taken to your room on the unit best suited to take care of your post surgery requirements.
When your physician determines you are ready to be released from the hospital our Social Work Services and Case Management teams will be there you assist you. Our licensed and certified professionals have the skills and training to help patients and families during their stay in the hospital. They also work with doctors, nurses, therapists and others, to help patients and families deal with post-surgical questions and plan a continued return to normal health after discharge.
Discharge planning begins the day you are admitted to the hospital. It sometimes takes several days to plan and ensure our patients have everything needed for a smooth transition to home or other facility.
The social workers assist you with:
- Needed medical equipment such as walkers or wheelchairs
- Transfer to a care or rehabilitation facility, if required
- Psychosocial or psychological issues related to their illness or surgery
- Crisis intervention
- Emotional support and links to area agencies and services for Hospice patients and their families.
By following these guidelines and those given to you by your physician, you will quickly find yourself on the road to recovery.
- Make sure you have someone to assist you for the first 24 hours.
- If you live alone be sure your physician is aware.
- Every surgery involves some pain. Your physician will determine the appropriate pain regimen to help you. If you have concerns about your level of pain or you have stomach irritation, nausea, or an allergic reaction (skin rash, itching, hives) please tell your physician.
- You may be nauseated or even vomit following surgery but this should go away within a few hours. Tell your nurse or physician if it persists.
- Fever over 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit, increased swelling, redness, or drainage are symptoms your physician need to be immediately aware of. Call your physician or seek emergency medical care if this occurs after going home.
- To reduce your risk of pneumonia, breathe deeply and cough several times a day for one to two days after surgery. If this is recommended for you, you will be given specific instructions.
- Keep your follow-up appointment with your physician.
- Follow the specific instructions that your physician gives you related to your surgery. Be sure you understand them and write them down so you can review them later. Your family member or support person is encouraged to attend all appointments with you.
Parent’s Guide to Surgery
We understand that surgery can seem scary to a child. At Canyon Vista Medical Center, we want to help answer all of your questions so you and your child may recover quickly.
- Follow your physician’s pre-operative instructions. By doing so, your child will not have to go through “surgery day” all over again.
- Follow the eating/drinking directions given by your child’s physician.
- If your child is ill on the day before surgery, call your physician and the Perioperative Services office at 520-263-3032 immediately.
- If you are a foster parent or grandparent, bring the legal documents with you that prove you can authorize the surgery. You must remain at the hospital during surgery and recovery.
- Bring your insurance information and your child’s medical records, any medications your child is taking, and tell us about any allergies your child has.
- Dress your child in comfortable clothes.
- Bring your child’s favorite blanket, toy, or stuffed animal. They may take one of these into surgery with them.
- You are welcome to bring a quiet activity for your child to do while waiting for surgery.
- You must remain at the hospital during surgery and may make arrangements to remain overnight with your child.
- Bring another adult with you so when it is time to go home, so you can concentrate on taking care of your child.
- We request that other children be left at home as our waiting area has no provisions for unsupervised children.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can prepare for surgery by asking your physician questions and by completely following his/her guidelines. Here are some questions you can ask your physician about what you will be able to do after surgery:
- Will I be able to prepare my own meals?
- Can I take care of my personal needs?
- Will I be able to walk without assistance?
- Will I be able to walk up stairs?
- Can I bathe or shower?
- How will I take care of my incision?
- What kinds of things do I look for that indicates something is wrong?
- How long will I remain off work?
- What medications should I continue to take prior to and after surgery?