Depending on the procedure and the recovery period, there is no definite answer to this question. We will be able to give you a better idea after a consultation with one of our physicians. For many procedures you can expect to be in the recovery center for 1 hour following your procedure. Please check with your physcian about the specifics of your procedure.
If there is time before your procedure, one family member at a time can stay with you in pre-op until we take you into the procedure/operating room. They will stay in the waiting room during your outpatient procedure. Our receptionist will also keep them informed of the progress of your procedure. After your procedure, your doctor will inform them about your outcome. When you are ready for discharge, one family member at a time can re-join you in the recovery area. Together, you will receive the nurse’s verbal and written discharge instructions.
Our physicians and nurses will guide you on this before your procedure. We will discuss what specific medicines, herbs, and minerals you may be taking. We will then guide you on which ones need to be cut out of your regimin for a period of time if need be. On the morning of your procedure, be sure to take the least amount of water with any medications you are currently taking.
Metal on the skin may cause conduction when cauterization is used and may cause irritation to your skin. Removal of jewelry is very important for your safety while in the procedure/operating room. We encourage you to leave any jewelry at home.
Our discharge instructions are customized to each patient and each procedure. Your discharge instructions will be shared with you in the final steps of your recovery in the recovery room. You will be sent home with written discharge instructions to refer to if needed.
The anesthesia and pain medicine you will receive will impair your ability to drive and to make important decisions for about 24 hours. You will need a responsible adult to bring you to the surgery center, receive your post-operative instructions, and then drive you back home after the procedure.
Depending on the sedation you have recieved, we highly recommend that you have a responsible adult supervise you for 24 hours after your procedure. This person must be able to aid you with your discharge instructions. The staff from Green Mountain Surgery Center will call you the next day for a follow-up. If you have any complications or side effects please contact your doctor immediately or call 911.
We will call you prior to your procedure to explain your estimated deductible and co-payment amounts based on your insurance. After your procedure, we will bill your insurance carrier and will also send you a bill for the portion you owe. Our charges for the most common procedures can be found on the Price & Quality page of our website.
We offer a self-pay option for patients with no insurance. The self-pay charge for services is equal to the lowest amount the surgery center gets reimbursed by commercial payers for the same procedure. Payment is required at time of service unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Please call our business office to learn more 802-488-5350.