Banner Surgery Centers  

The Day of Surgery

The Day of Surgery  

Before Surgery - "Pre-Op"
Printable checklist

At home on the day of surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, but spit out all the liquid.
  • Take a bath or shower the morning of your surgery, but do not use any powder, lotion, deodorant, perfume, aftershave or makeup.
  • If your doctor has given you specific instructions about taking your medications on the day of surgery, follow those orders carefully.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that will go on easily and fit comfortably over the operative site.
  • Bring an adult family member or friend to drive you home after surgery.
  • Please remove all body piercing jewelry and leave it at home.
  • Leave valuables, including jewelry and watches at home.
  • Please do not wear contact lenses or make-up.
  • If the patient is a child, we encourage you to bring a comfort item for him or her.


  • Please arrive promptly at the time you are told. This time may be up to 2 hours prior to your procedure, and is necessary so the staff can prepare you for your surgery.
  • If your insurance provider requires a co-payment or deductible, you will be required to pay it at the registration desk.
  • A staff member will fasten an ID bracelet around your wrist. You will be asked to verify that your name, your surgeon's name and your birthday are correct.

Before Surgery

  • After you have registered at the reception desk, one of our nurses will spend time with you to answer your questions and prepare you for surgery.
  • You will be asked to change into a gown, cap and paper slippers.
  • Your clothing and personal belongings will be given to your family member or friend for safekeeping.
  • Many surgeries require IVs and monitoring leads. For adults, we usually attach these in Pre-Op, but if the patient is very young, we may wait to attach these in the operating room.
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (proof may be required).


Anesthesia services are provided by highly qualified anesthesiologists. Your anesthesiologist will examine you before surgery, take a brief health history and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to tell your anesthesiologist about any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbs. You should not drive and/or make legal decisions within 24 hours after receiving IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Explanation of anesthesia terms:

  • Local Anesthesia: Local anesthesia only numbs the area being operated on. Your doctor administers local anesthesia.
  • Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC): This is administered by IV and relieves pain during surgery and relaxes you without putting you fully asleep. An anesthesiologist administers this type of anesthesia and monitors you throughout the procedure.
  • General Anesthesia: This puts you to sleep during the entire procedure. An anesthesiologist administers this type of anesthesia and monitors you throughout the procedure.


  • Fees: A facility fee is charged for each surgery preformed. This fee includes all of the cost related to the use of the center for your surgery. You will receive a separate bill from your surgeon, anesthesiologist and any other professional services you receive while at the surgery center (i.e. radiology, pathology).
  • Insurance: Banner Surgery Centers accept  most major commercial insurances, HMO/PPO plans, Medicare, AHCCS and Workers Compensation. You must pay all co-payments and/or deductibles on the day of surgery. We will bill your insurance company as a courtesy; however, any balance due is your responsibility. Payment will be requested from you if reimbursement from your insurance company is not received within 60 days.
  • Payment: If you have no health insurance, or this is an elective procedure, you must pay the facility fee and anesthesiologist's fee on the day of surgery. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, cashier's check and cash.
Banner Surgery Centers are located throughout Arizona and Colorado.
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