Office Information

General Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Open for Patients at 6am
Phone 937.431.9531

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FAQs

photo_17To provide the best possible experience for our patients, we believe it's important for them to have all the information they need to make intelligent decisions concerning their care.

Below are answers to some of the most common questions asked by our patients. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please contact our office and a member of our staff will be happy to help you.

GENERAL FAQ'S

What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center?

  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC), like the Dayton Eye Surgery Center, are facilities where surgeries that do not require hospital admission are performed. They provide a cost-effective and convenient alternative to a hospital stay.

How do I know if my insurance company will cover my surgery?

  • The Business Office staff at DESC, as well as your physician's office, will be able to help you answer some of your questions regarding coverage. Please contact your insurance carrier regarding your specific benefits.

What time is my surgery?

  • Our staff will call you a day, or several days, before your surgery, to tell you when to arrive at the Surgery Center and what time your surgery is scheduled.

What should I do if something comes up and I need to cancel my surgery?

  • Please call DESC and your physician as soon as possible at 937.431.9531. If you call after hours, an answering message will instruct you in leaving a message.

DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE

What do I do the day before surgery?

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery date, and please follow any other specific instructions your surgeon or our staff have given you.

What should I bring the day of my surgery?

  • Please bring all insurance information and your photo ID with you. Also, wear comfortable clothes that are easy to put on and take off, such as shirts that button up the front or loose fitting slacks. Please leave all valuables and jewelry at home. Try to plan ahead, depending on the type of surgery you are having. Please bring any paperwork given to you by your surgeon that he/she requested on your day of surgery. If you have any copayment or deductible due, payment will be expected on the day of the surgery. Please bring a form of payment. We accept all major credit cards, cash or money orders. Personal checks are accepted.

Who will be in the operating room with me?

  • Your peri-operative team consists of your surgeon and their assistants, the anesthesiologist and/or nurse anesthetists, nurses and a surgical technician.

How will I be positioned in the operating room?

  • The operating room team will assist you in finding a comfortable position on the operating room bed. If you have back problems or difficulty lying flat, please let the nursing staff know so we can take extra care on positioning you for your surgery.

Are family members allowed into the operating room?

  • Family members are not allowed in to the operating room for safety and sterility reasons.

Will my family be able to visit me immediately after my surgery?

  • Patients that have had general anesthesia will be in the recovery room with the nursing staff until they are ready to move to the final stage of recovery. Then your family may join you.

Will I be able to drive after my surgery?

  • No. You will have sedation on the day of surgery and should not drive a vehicle, and you cannot take a taxi. All patients must be accompanied by a responsible adult when discharged from DESC and at home. Your doctor will tell you when you can resume driving. You will also need someone to drive you to your post-op appointment.

What is the Post Anesthesia Care Unit?

  • The Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), or recovery room, is the name of the room where you will recover from your surgery and general anesthesia. An experienced post anesthesia care nurse and anesthesiologist will be there to care for you during this time.

What happens in the PACU/Recovery Room?

  • During your recovery you will be placed on a heart monitor that continuously monitors your pulse and blood pressure.
  • A finger cover is placed on your finger. It tells us how much oxygen is in your blood and how well you are breathing.
  • If you have a bandage, your nurse will be checking the area for any bleeding.
  • When you are awake and ready for fluids, you will start drinking small sips of water or 7UP.

How will I feel after surgery?

  • You may feel sleepy, dizzy and/or forgetful from the medications given to you during your operation. These feeling will improve as time passes.
  • You may have some discomfort after your surgery. The nurses will give you medication to make you feel better.
  • In PACU/Recovery Room you will be asked to rate your pain. This helps us objectively evaluate how much discomfort you are having. The scale that we most often use is the 0-10 scale. 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst pain possible.

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1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9 10

No Pain

Minimal Pain

Moderate Pain

Worst Possible Pain

How long will I be in the PACU?

  • The average recovery time is usually between 30 to 90 minutes. Since each person is unique recovery time will vary.
  • You can be discharged to go home when you are reasonably comfortable, awake and alert, pain is manageable, and you have minimal nausea.

Will someone explain to me what I should do when I get home?

  • Before you are discharged home, the nurse caring for you will review your discharge instructions with you and your responsible adult taking you home.
  • All of your questions will be answered before you go home.
  • Our phone number will be given to you to call if you have questions.
  • Always feel free to call your surgeon for any questions or problems.
  • If you do not know your surgeon's number, please call the Dayton Eye Surgery Center at 937.431.9531, or after hours call the Medical Society at 937.223.0990.

AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE

What do I do once I go home?

  • You will need a responsible adult stay with you after you arrive home from your surgery.
  • Some patients have concerns about taking care of themselves when they go home. Please discuss these or any concerns you may have with your nurse during your preoperative interview.
  • A nurse from DESC will attempt to call you the day after your procedure to see how you are doing and answer any of your questions.
  • If you need to speak with a nurse, you may call DESC at 937.431.9531.
  • Your surgeon is available to you as well. You can reach him/her at their office, or they can be paged through the Medical Society at 937.223.0990.
  • Patients are often comfortable when leaving the surgery center and usually do not need anything as stronger than a Tylenol.
  • Many surgeons use local anesthesia at the surgical site so that you will be fairly comfortable until the local anesthesia wears off, whichsometimes does not occur until later in the day or even into the next day.

How should I care for my wound?

  • You will receive specific instructions about how to care for your wound from your surgeon's discharge instruction sheet given to you on the day of surgery.
  • You should check the dressing for any drainage. A small amount of clear or light red staining is normal.
  • Limit bending over if you need to pick something up. Try to stoop instead.
  • You may remove your dressing only as directed by your surgeon.


    For Best Wound Healing…

    • Maintain good nutrition; eat a well balanced diet
    • Do not smoke
    • Do not rub your eye at any time
    • Avoid getting sprays, soap etc. in your eye
    • Follow your doctor's instructions

How do I know if I have a wound infection?

** If you have any of these signs or symptoms call your surgeon**

  • Redness around the eye or drainage
  • Increased tenderness and pain
  • Temperature of 101 degrees or higher and/or chills
  • Persistent nausea
  • Note: If you had an eye block (local injection), slight bruising and/or discoloration is normal