What To Expect

We are pleased that you have chosen us to assist in your care. Our facility combines the latest surgical technology with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. This page is designed to provide as much information as possible and to help answer many of the questions you may have regarding your surgery prior to your visit. If you have a specific concern that is not addressed satisfactorily, please feel free to call Tracy Surgery Center at (209) 836-5680.

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

Before Surgery

  • One of our nurses will contact you a few days prior to surgery. Please contact us if you do not hear from us (209) 836-5680.
  • Please talk to your doctor about any daily medications you are currently taking. Be sure to mention any over the counter medications, including herbal supplements.
  • If there is any change in your health condition, such as cold or fever, please notify your surgeon. 
  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) after 12:00 AM (midnight) unless your physician instructs you differently.
  • Please take a bath or shower the night before or morning of the surgery. Do not use lotions or oils after your shower.
  • Refrain from smoking the evening prior and do not drink alcohol 24 hours before surgery.

The Day of Surgery

  • It is important that you arrive promptly at the scheduled time.
  • We encourage you to ask any questions you might have.
  • Let the staff know of any special needs you might have.
  • Bring a picture ID and insurance cards with you. Bring forms (pre-op orders, history and physical copies of labs and EKG) from your physician if requested.
  • If you are taking prescription medications, bring your medications or a complete list of your medications, including the dosage and frequency.
  • Arrange for a family member or friend to wait in the waiting room. You must have a responsible person to drive you home and make any necessary stops at the pharmacy after your surgery.
  • Do not wear make-up or nail polish.
  • Valuables (i.e. all jewelry and money) should be left at home.
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a case to protect them.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Expect to be at the facility for two to three hours on the day of your procedure.

After Surgery

  • After surgery, you will spend a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour in our recovery area. The length of stay in recovery may vary.
  • You must have a responsible adult care for you during the first 24 hours after your surgery.
  • 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.
  • One of our nurses will contact you within a few days of surgery to see how you are doing.
  • You will receive an email the next day after your procedure with our Satisfaction Survey. We would love to get your feedback.

What if I cannot make my appointment?

Please notify the surgeon and the surgery center as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing. Button-down shirts or blouses are best, along with loose fitting pants. Wear comfortable shoes. Leave all jewelry at home. If you wear contact lenses, you will probably have to remove them for the surgery, so consider bringing your glasses. If you have to wear your contacts, please bring contact solution and contacts case. Please remove ALL body piercings.

Who may accompany me?

You are welcome to bring someone with you. No more than one person will be allowed to be with you before surgery and may sit with you after the surgery if you so choose. Visitors to the preoperative area and recovery room are at dependent upon your recovery process and your safety.

A minor may often have two parents and/or guardians accompany him or her. Please refrain from bringing young children (siblings, etc.) to the center as guests.

Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?

Yes. You can take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, etc. Please do not use make up, hair spray, lotion, nail polish or toiletries. These may interfere with the intraoperative monitoring and preparation of the surgical site.