Most people have questions about their surgery; from what to expect to how to prepare. The best resource for all of your questions will always be your surgeon. However, here are a few questions frequently asked by our patients.

My doctor wants me to have testing done before my surgery. Where do I get this done?

Before surgery, your surgeon may want to have some diagnostic testing done. This could include blood tests, EKGs, or x-rays. Your surgeon's office will help schedule your test(s). It's important that you keep these scheduled appointments and have any necessary testing completed before your scheduled surgery, as requested by your doctor. Not having these test may delay your surgery. And, the sooner testing is done, the more prepared staff will be for your arrival. Testing may be completed at one of Nanticoke Health Services' outpatient diagnostic facilities or one of our outpatient lab facilities, or at another provider in your area. Often, your insurance will determine whether you are required to use facilities other than Nanticoke Health Services.

How do I find out what time my surgery is scheduled?

You can call your surgeon or you may call the Day Surgery Unit at 302-629-6611, ext. 3824 the day before your surgery to confirm your surgery time. If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, please call the Friday before your surgery. We ask patients to arrive approximately an hour and a half (90 minutes) before surgery in order to have you prepared at your scheduled time.

Can I drive myself home after surgery?

You will need someone to drive you home on the day of your surgery. This person should be able stay with you once you are home and assist you if needed. It's important to not be alone after surgery. If you don't have transportation, your surgery may need to be rescheduled.

What if I’m sick?

If you become sick between now and your surgery date, call your surgeon right away. If you wake up sick on the day of your surgery, call the Nanticoke Surgery Center at 629-6611, ext. 3825.

Can I keep taking my medications?

Your surgeon may want to stop aspirin, aspirin products, or blood thinners five days before surgery. Your surgeon will provide these instructions for you when his/her office schedules your appointment. It is very important that you review any medications you are taking with your doctor and that you understand the doctor's instructions about any medications you should or should not be taking prior to your surgery. Not following your doctor's instructions may cause a surgery to be rescheduled.