What to Expect

What to Expect

We are pleased that you have chosen AISC to assist in your care. Our facility combines the most up- to- date technology with a comfortable atmosphere. This page is designed to provide answers to questions you may have regarding your surgical experience at Amelia Island Surgery Center.  If you have a specific concern that is not addressed to your satisfaction, please feel free to call us at (904) 432-1521.

What to expect and what measures should be taken before, during and after your surgery:

Before Surgery

  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE. This is vitally important, and failure to comply could result in complications and may result in postponement of your procedure.
  • If you are taking medication for high blood pressure or diabetes, contact your surgeon or discuss this with one of our nursing staff to ensure proper instructions to take or discontinue the medication.
  • If you experience any health changes between your recent visit to your doctor and the day of your procedure, notify your doctor. Please report even minor changes such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold.
  • If you suspect that you are pregnant, please notify your doctor.
  • For your own safety and protection, you will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle following your procedure. Please make arrangements to have someone drive you to and from the Center.

The Day of Surgery

  • Bring a picture ID and insurance card(s) with you.
  • It is important that you arrive promptly at the scheduled time.
  • Let the staff know of any special needs you might have.
  • Bathe or shower the morning of your procedure.
  • Brush your teeth but do not swallow the water.
  • Mascara, make-up, lipstick, nail polish and contact lenses should be removed.
  • Dress comfortably (button down shirt preferred). You may also want to dress warmly due to the cooler temperatures maintained in the surgery center.
  • Please leave all valuables at home including jewelry, wallets and purses.
  • Limit the number of people accompanying you. We request only one to maximize the comfort of everyone waiting. Both parents of our pediatric patients are welcome.
  • Expect to be at the facility for two to three hours on the day of your procedure.

After Surgery

  • Following your procedure, you will be moved to our fully equipped recovery area. There, our anesthesia and nursing staff will closely monitor you. The length of stay varies, and most patients are discharged within one-to-three hours.
  • Dizziness is normal after receiving anesthesia; therefore, you should wait 24 hours after returning home before:
    • Driving or operating equipment
    • Signing important papers
    • Making significant decisions
    • Drinking alcoholic beverages
    • Taking any medications that are not prescribed or acknowledged by your surgeon.
  • Be sure to follow any specific post-operative instructions given to you by your physician regarding diet, exercise, rest, activities, and medication. A written summary of these will be provided to you prior to your release.
  • Notify your doctor if you notice any abnormalities at the operative site.