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Day of Surgery

A responsible adult, licensed to operate a motor vehicle, must accompany all patients to the facility and be present when the patient is ready to leave. No patient will be permitted to leave the facility unaccompanied.

  • Bring your insurance card with you
  • Arrange for cash or a check to be held by friends or family waiting for you in case a prescription needs to be written and filled at a nearby pharmacy before you are discharged.
  • Do not wear make-up
  • Casual, comfortable clothing should be worn. A gown will be provided
  • Arrange for care of your children for 24 hours following surgery, as you could feel drowsy for a period of time.
  • Valuables, jewelry and hairpieces should be left at home. If contacts are worn, please bring a case for safekeeping.
  • If your child is scheduled for surgery, we encourage you to bring in his or her favorite toy for extra comfort.
  • Children maybe brought in wearing their pajamas. Please bring an empty bottle or sippy cup if your child can not drink from a cup. Bring formula as a second choice if juice is not preferred.
  • Please leave children not having surgery at home.

If the patient is a child, please remember:

  • One or both parents (or guardians) must remain at Merritt Island Surgery Center while the child is at or facility. A parent (or guardian) must sign release permits for surgery.
  • if the child is under 18, guardians must bring written proof of guardianship on the day of surgery; without this documentation, surgery may be delayed

Following your arrival, you will be escorted to the pre-operative area where a nurse will assist you in preparing for your procedure.

We encourage you to ask questions and let the staff know if your special needs. We want your visit to be as comfortable as possible.

The recovery procedure:

Immediately following surgery, you will be taken to our fully-equipped Wake-Up area where your blood pressure and pulse will be closely monitored by specially trained nurses.

The amount of time you spend in the Wake-Up area depends to a great degree on the type of surgery and/or anesthesia you have had.

  • Only one visitor will be allowed in the Wake-up area
  • Sorry, but no one under 16 will be allowed in the Wake-Up area.