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Advances in technology and surgical procedures now enable many operations to be performed on an outpatient basis. Coral Gables' Outpatient Surgery Department offers procedures in many specialties and subspecialtiesIf you are an outpatient surgery patient, here is basic information about the process. 

Pre-admission Testing

The week before your procedure, you will report to the hospital for pre-admission testing and education. Report to Outpatient Registration on the first floor accross from the Doctors Lounge.

Testing may take one or two hours and include lab work, X-rays, EKGs or other examinations. Please be on time for your appointment. This will help you avoid waiting.  Please bring:

  • All of your medications in the original bottles
  • Medical insurance cards
  • List of any allergies
  • Any questions you may have

Before Your Procedure or Surgery

Check with your physician about continuing to take your current medications. Some medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (i.e. Motrin, Aleve, Nuprin), and iron, need to be stopped up to a week before your procedure. Some, such as insulin and coumadin, may require dose adjustments prior to the procedure. It is very important to check with your doctor and follow all instructions.

  • Notify your physician if you have a cold, infection, fever or illness of any kind before your procedure.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your procedure.
  • Plan to wear comfortable clothing.
  • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Inform your physician and the nursing personnel if you have any allergies or are taking any regular medications, vitamins or herbal supplements.

On The Day Of Your Procedure

Report to Outpatient Registration at the appropriate time.  Do not bring valuables, credit cards or money with you. You will be prepared for your procedure in a pre-operative room. Please arrange to have someone drive you home after your procedure, or the procedure will be cancelled. Your family and friends are welcome to stay in our surgical waiting area.  Following your procedure, you will go to the recovery area. 

The recovery period varies and is determined by each patient's condition and  the type of procedure performed. Your physician and nurse will determine when it is safe for you to be discharged. The effects of anesthesia will prevent you from driving, operating machinery, or making any legal, binding contracts or decisions for at least 24 hours after discharge. 

 
 
 
 
 
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