FAQs

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I have a question, who can I speak to?

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Our staff will gladly answer any of your questions. Please give us a call at 715-345-0500 and ask to speak with a nurse.

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Can I drive myself home?

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You must make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home after the procedure. You may not take public transportation home. We will reschedule your procedure for another time, if suitable arrangements cannot be made to assure your safe travel home. In addition, it is recommended that you have a responsible adult available to you for the 24 hours after your procedure in the event that any problem should arise. Patients who are not having anesthesia may drive home with their surgeon’s permission.

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What should I wear?

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Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and remove jewelry and nail polish, metal hair accessories and body piercing jewelry. Ensure your clothing adapts to sling or knee immobilizer, if needed.

Please leave your wallet, purse, money, credit cards, cell phone and all valuables at home or with the adult who accompanies you, but do remember to bring your insurance card and photo ID, such as a driver’s license.  Dentures and glasses will be removed just prior to the procedure if necessary and secured with your clothing.

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What procedures are done at the ASC of Stevens Point?

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At the Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point we do a variety of surgeries such as: Carpal Tunnel Release, Shoulder Surgery, Knee Scope, Trigger Finger, Bunion Correction, Kidney Stone Treatment, Bladder Cancer Treatment, Cataract Removal, Eyelid Repair, Joint Replacements and some Spine Procedures. These surgeries are the most common surgeries our affiliated physicians are certified to perform.

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Do I need any pre-op testing?

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Preparing properly for your procedure is very important. Your physician and office staff will tell you what pre-surgical testing (laboratory blood tests, x-rays, or EKG’s, etc.) will be required before the day of your procedure. Please have these tests completed 7-14 days prior to the scheduled procedure or you may have to be rescheduled. If your physician asks for a “medical clearance” from your primary care physician or specialist, please have the letter faxed to us at 715-345-0400 attention Medical Records.

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When do I complete my On-Line Registration?

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Please complete this as soon as you leave the surgeon’s office.  If you need assistance, please contact our office at 715-345-0500.

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What should I do with packet given to me by the Physician?

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We would like you to read the information in the packet. The information in the packet explains our facility and answers the questions you may have regarding a surgery at our facility.  There is also important information related to your post-operative pain management and your anesthesia in the packet. The information is given out so you have time to read and understand the choices you have so on the day of surgery you can talk with you anesthesiologist and choose the anesthesia that is right for you.

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When will I know my arrival time?

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The nursing staff of the Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point will call you approximately one day prior to your scheduled procedure. It is important for us to review your medical history, allergies, and current medications as well as provide you with specific instructions regarding your procedure and scheduled time of arrival.

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What about my medications or dietary restrictions?

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You will be instructed by your nurse prior to your surgery as to food and fluid restrictions, as well as any medication to be taken on the day of surgery. If you are currently taking anticoagulants such as Coumadin or Plavix, aspirin or products contained aspirin, contact your physician immediately for instructions on taking these medications. If you are taking diet suppressants or herbal supplements, please discontinue taking them 14 days prior to your scheduled procedure due to a possible reaction with anesthesia.

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How does the ASC of Stevens Point reduce my risk of infection?

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A registered nurse oversees our ongoing infection prevention program. We have a strict adherence to a one-time use policy for syringes and needles.  Proper hand hygiene is practiced throughout the facility.