Before, During & After

You can expect The Surgery Centers to deliver the focused care that you need!

The experienced team of doctors our Surgery Center locations can help reduce your pain and get you back to the activities, people, and life you love!

Here, the doctors, surgeons, nurses, and staff are focused on only orthopedic and spine treatments, so you get the precise care you need. This laser-like focus on orthopedic and spine care allows the entire team to be the best-of-the best in caring for your condition. Research across the U.S. shows that this often means:

  • Safer care
  • Quicker recoveries
  • Higher patient satisfaction

What can you expect on your surgery day? Great care and comfort at the surgery center, so you may recover quickly the day of your surgery, to then go home heal and start returning to your favorite activities.

Before, During & After – Outpatient Surgery

What can you expect from your first visit with the doctor to the day of your surgery? Great care and comfort from your team of medical professionals, so you may return to your favorite things!

Consultation Visit

During a doctor consultation visit, the surgeon will ask you questions, look over any x-rays and reports, and perform an examination. They’ll explain their findings and recommendations to you. They may recommend surgery.

Getting Ready for Surgery

If the doctor recommends surgery, you will then visit with a Beacon Health Nurse Navigator – or – an OSMC Nurse Scheduler. They’ll provide you with a date for your surgery and coordinate all the many details. They will schedule you for any required medical tests, gather any reports needed from other physicians and much more.

The Navigators and Schedulers will inform you about actions to take before, during and after your procedure. They’ll provide all details so that you are prepared and ready for surgery. They will answer all your questions and supply you with information on topics such as:

  • How to take or not take your medications prior to your procedure
  • Physical therapy needs
  • General anesthesia and/or sedation
  • What to wear on surgery day
  • How to prepare your home for your recovery
  • And, much more

Along with answering your questions, the nurses (they’re very helpful) can point you to other good resources. If you’re a candidate for total joint surgery, they’ll sign you up for a day and time to attend a “Total Joint Class.”

Getting your home ready for after your surgery is also important.

  • Create a comfortable space for you to relax, rest and recover. Set up your meds, water, snacks, etc. to this spot.
  • Clear the floor area. It makes things easier and there’s less risk for a fall.
  • Make your bathroom safe.
  • Get help from your caregiver. Have them help with bandages, bathing, dressing, chores, pet care, etc. if needed.

The Day Before Surgery

The evening before your surgery you will receive a call with the time to arrive. A team member will remind you of important instructions, such as don’t eat or drink anything, bring a caregiver to drive you home, etc. They’ll also answer any additional questions.

The Day of Surgery

You should arrive at your provided time to get checked in at the registration area of the surgery center. Items to bring with you include these and others:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance Card
  • Completed Paperwork
  • Form of Payment
  • Your Advanced Directive if you have one
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • A case for your glasses, dentures, etc.
  • Your equipment, such as a walker, a cane, brace, etc.
  • Your caregiver/loved-one to drive you home and help you get settled and recovering
  • Appropriate medications

You will meet with your surgery care team members prior to surgery. This team can include:

  • Your orthopedic surgeon
  • The anesthesia provider
  • Nurses
  • Techs and aides

A nurse will talk to you about your medical record and verify that you’ve completed all the directions from your doctor. You’ll be provided with a gown to put on.

During Surgery for Friends & Family

We know that your surgery can be an anxious time for your friends and family who accompany you to your procedure. Our staff will keep them informed as to your progress while they wait.

Post-Op / After Surgery

After surgery, you’ll be able to recover at your own pace. A recovery nurse will be monitoring you to ensure you are comfortable and fully awake before discharge. The length of time will depend upon the type of surgery you had.

When you’re ready to go, a staff member will go over instructions on how to take care of yourself at home. You may be given prescriptions that you will need to have filled.

You should take it easy for a few days after surgery. You may be tired or feel discomfort. This is to be expected. Your doctor can help if you have pain or problems. See your instructions regarding who to call.


  • Be patient. Recovering from surgery can be a long, slow process, and it’s natural to want to speed things up.
  • Get plenty of rest. And stay hydrated.
  • Follow the post-surgery instructions from your doctor.
  • Don’t miss your post-surgery doctors’ appointments.
  • Don’t ignore complications. Fever, increased pain, chills, infection at the incision site, etc.
  • Don’t drive before you’re ready.
  • Call us if you need us.

Call your surgeons or provider’s office if you have any questions or concerns.

Read our Health Precautions information and let your Beacon Health Nurse Navigator – or – your OSMC Nurse Scheduler know if you are feeling sick in the days close to your surgery. You may need to reschedule.


This information is not intended to provide personal medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, or treatment to you or any other individual. It is information for educational purposes only. You should not use this information in place of a consultation or the advice of a healthcare provider.