For Patients

One Week Before Surgery

Review the pre-op instructions provided by your surgeon.  Call their office if there is something that is unclear.

If you are taking a blood thinner please discuss with your surgeon if it will impact your surgery.

  • Patients  whom require INR with medications (such as Warfarin or Coumadin), please have your INR checked within 5 days of your scheduled surgery.
    • IMPORTANT:  If your INR reading is higher than 3.0 please contact your surgeon immediately as this could result in cancellation.

Have all prescriptions required for your surgery,  filled and ready to bring to your surgery.

Follow all medication instructions, including starting and stopping any medications as directed by your surgeon.

Arrange to have an adult drive you to and from your scheduled surgery – this individual is required to stay on site during your procedure. You will be unable to drive until 48 hours after anesthesia so you will also require transportation to your first post op visit.

If there is a possibility you are pregnant, please inform us!

Your Surgery

Do not eat or drink anything as instructed by surgeon’s directions.  This includes candy, gum, cough drops and mints.  (Unless specifically instructed otherwise)

Take medications as normal the morning of surgery with a small sip of water, EXCEPT Diabetes medications should not be taken (i.e. metformin, Humalog, etc), unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon.

 Do not wear contact lenses. Bring your glasses, hearing aids and dentures with their cases for safe storage.

Please remove all jewelry and piercings prior to coming.

For your comfort, wear loose fitting comfortable clothing, preferably something that buttons or zips.

Do not wear makeup or perfume to surgery.

Please leave all valuables and money at home.

Please arrive on time.

Recovery

Recovery time varies by patient but is usually between 15 minutes to 2 hours.

After surgery, you will be monitored by a specially trained recovery nurse.

Once at home, you should rest for the first 24 hours under the observation of a responsible adult who can assist with post op care as directed.

Urgent concerns should not wait. Contact your SURGEON immediately for any problems following your surgery.

Financial Information

Physician Surgery Center of Albuquerque will bill your insurance for the “facility fees” associated with your surgery.

Your SURGEON and ANESTHESIOLOGIST will bill their fees SEPERATELY!

Physician Surgery Center of Albuquerque is a participating provider for Medicare, Blue Cross, and New Mexico Medicaid.

Patient co-insurance and deductible is “ESTIMATED” and due on the day of your surgery.

Health care bills are confusing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us before or after your surgery if there are questions about the fees and medical billing.

CARE CREDIT is available for those requiring financing of non-covered or out of pocket expenses.

Physician Surgery Center of Albuquerque cannot GUARANTEE “in-network” status with every insurance. We are pursuing contracts with all local payers. If we are not in network for your plan, our staff can explain the out of network billing and any estimated out of pocket expense. REMEMBER, you pay a higher monthly premium for your OUT OF NETWORK BENEFITS, which gives you access to the best available care and facilities.