Pre-Admission Information and Instructions

Thank you for choosing Lone Tree Surgery Center for your surgery. Our goal is to make this a first-class experience for you and your family. You may have concerns or questions regarding your surgical procedure. Below you will find information and instructions pertaining to your surgical visit. Please let us know if you have any unanswered questions we can assist with.

Pre-operative Testing:

Your physician may prescribe pre-operative diagnostic tests such as electrocardiogram, laboratory tests or diagnostic imaging (X-rays, CT Scan, MRI) to ensure your preparation for your procedure. Please complete these tests at least five days prior to your procedure date so that we can include the information in your pre-operative assessment and medical record. Depending on your medical history, we may recommend and coordinate additional testing in order to ensure you are prepared for your procedure and anesthesia.

Prior to the day of surgery:

A nurse will contact you prior to your procedure to review your health history and review pre-operative instructions. Please make every effort to participate in this over-the-phone assessment to ensure your safety and help prevent procedure cancellation. The assessment includes review of your medical history and information concerning your surgery. If a nurse has not contacted you prior to the day before your surgery, please contact the center between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Additionally, you may be contacted by our business office staff by email and/or text message to notify you of any financial responsibility required on the day of your procedure. If you are unable to meet your financial responsibility, your procedure may be canceled.

Day of Surgery:

Please come to the center at the time indicated by the nurse. You will be registered at the front desk and any financial responsibility will be collected. You will be brought to the pre-operative area where nurses will review your medical history and prepare you for your procedure.Your physician will assess you prior to surgery, verifying the procedure to be performed and marking the surgical site. You may be assessed by an anesthesia provider if scheduled for general anesthesia. From there you will be taken to the procedure room where your procedure will be performed. We recommend that your support person remain at the center during your procedure, or within a 20-minute return time frame.

Following Surgery:

• After your procedure you will be taken to the Recovery Room where nurses and your anesthesia provider will monitor your recovery and prepare you for discharge.
• You will be assessed for pain using a Pain Scale from 0-10, (0 being no pain and 10 being the worst possible pain). We will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible.
• The average time in recovery is approximately 30 minutes, however some procedures may require lengthier monitoring. We will ensure you are safely released in an appropriate time frame when you have met discharge criteria determined by your physician or anesthesia provider.
• You and your support person will be provided post-operative instructions and education specific to your procedure. You must have a responsible adult to assist you up to 24 hours after your procedure if you received sedation or general anesthesia.
• A nurse from the center will contact you following your procedure to see how you are progressing.
• Following your procedure, we ask that any questions or issues be brought to the attention of your physician. You may contact the center with questions, however most follow-up is handled by your physician or their office staff. (In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or have a responsible adult drive you to the nearest hospital emergency room.)



(Please note, failure to follow these instructions may lead to cancellation of your surgery.)


Eating and Drinking Before Surgery

Adults and Children over 14:
Nothing to eat for 9 hours prior to your arrival time, but you can have clear liquids like water, apple juice, black coffee (no cream or sugar) up until 3 hours prior to your arrival time. Nothing at all by mouth for 3 hours prior to your arrival time. ​
• Do not use tobacco products, chew gum, or eat candy/mints prior to your surgery.

Additional Instructions

• Please refrain from alcohol or recreational drug use 24 hours prior to your procedure.
• Take any medications for your heart, blood pressure, lungs, or antacid that you normally take with minimal water as advised by the nurse on your pre-op call. Take any diabetic medications as directed by your doctor or the surgery center nurse who will be discussing your condition with the anesthesia provider.
• If you take any blood thinners, including over the counter items such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, Motrin, Nurpin, Naproxen, Turmeric, and fish oil/Omegas or prescription NSAIDS like Meloxicam, Etodolac, diclofenac, and Celebrex, etc, please call Lone Tree Surgery Center at 303-623-2680 or your providers’ office for instructions.
• If you take a GLP-1 agonist (examples are Trulicity, Ozempic, Wegovy, Semaglutide, Mounjaro, Tirzepatide, or Zepbound) for weight loss, hold your injection for one week prior to general anesthesia. Hold oral GLP-1 medications (like Rybelsus) for 24 hours, if you are taking it for weight loss. If taking for Type 2 Diabetes, consult your primary care provider for a plan. These medications delay gastric emptying time.
• If you are on any home oxygen and have a portable tank, please bring it with you the day of the procedure in the rare event that we need to send you home on it.
• Notify your physician or call the surgery center if there is any change in your physical condition (cold, fever, flu symptoms, etc.) 24-48 hours prior to surgery.
• You may shower before arrival but do not apply lotion. Remove all make-up, jewelry (including body jewelry).
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing that does not have any metal in it. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please bring a storage case. If you wear dentures, they may require removal for your procedure/surgery.
• If you are having sedation, please make arrangements for transportation to and from the surgery center with a responsible adult that will participate in your post-operative instructions and care. We request the person giving you a ride stay at the center or be able to return within 20 minutes during your procedure. We are unable to discharge you to a taxi or public transportation.
• If you are receiving sedation/anesthesia you will need to have a responsible adult who can drive you home and be responsible for you for 24 hours.
• Please bring your insurance card, picture ID and a form of payment for your financial obligations. (For additional financial information please refer to the Insurance and Billing information form.)
• We ask that you not bring valuables to the center; however, we will make arrangements to securely store small items if necessary.
• If you require special needs in interpretation, please let us or your physician know ahead of time.