During Your Stay

During Your Stay

Preparing for surgery can sometimes feel overwhelming and scary if you don’t know what to expect. Since knowing what to expect can help you feel less nervous, here’s some information that can help.

Transportation

We require that you arrange for a family member or friend to drive you to and from the Center. The staff will notify them once the patient reaches the recovery room and then they will be able to pick you up at Cypress Ambulatory Surgery Center Patient Pick-up Area. The effects of the anesthesia and surgery will prohibit you from driving. Someone should also plan to stay with you for the first 12 hours after your procedure. For your safety, if you are unable to make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you, your procedure will be canceled or rescheduled.

Check-In & Admission

Once you arrive in the parking lot, wait in the car and call (813) 542-2586 to complete your final COVID-19 questionnaire with a staff member. Then, you may proceed to the surgery center on the 1st floor. Go through the sliding glass doors and take an immediate left hand turn and go through the door. Once inside the door, turn and face the thermometer(s) on the wall. Once cleared, you may then proceed to the front desk for registration. After checking in, you will be brought to a pre-op area where the nurse will review with you, your health information and prepare you for your procedure. Your family or escort will be asked to wait in the car. An anesthesiologist will discuss your anesthesia plan with you and answer any questions. At the appropriate time, you will be moved to the procedure room.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take my usual daily medication?
We generally request that you take your medication before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. You should be contacted before your surgery, leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take.
People using inhalers must bring them with you on the day of surgery.
Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. Please call us with any questions you may have.

May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may affect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention them when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?
You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person will be allowed to be in your room with you before surgery and may sit with you after the surgery if you so choose. Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.

Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?
We individualize each patient’s care.