General Procedure Instructions

ASC General Procedure instructions

These are the general Procedure Instructions. If you have any questions please call the physician’s office.

DIET?

NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT (or for at least 8 hours) you can take your medicines with a sip of water.

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BLOOD THINNERS BEFORE YOUR SURGICAL PROCEDURE?

Please stop your BLOOD THINNERS for at least 24 hours. You are generally not required to stop ASPIRIN or PLAVIX.  If you are taking ELIQUIS, PRADAXA or XARELTO do not take the medicine the day before the procedure.  If you are taking WARFARIN or COUMADIN you may continue the medicine but do not take it on the day of the procedure.  The instructions to stop blood thinners very from case to case.  Please ask your physician or nurse about what applies to you.

General Blood Thinner exceptions include:

  • For patients having an Angiogram and possible stent, you may be required to be off your BLOOD THINNERS for up to 5 days.  Please verify with your physician or their medical assistant.
  • For patients having a TEE and/or cardioversion, do NOT stop your blood thinners. 

 

 

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ANTIARRHYTHMIC BEFORE YOUR ABLATION PROCEDURE?

If you are on an anti-arrhythmic medication like amiodarone, sotalol, tikosyn or flecainide or similar agent, AND you are undergoing an ablation procedure we may instruct you to stop your ANTI-ARRHYTHMIC medication up to 4 days before your procedure.

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COVID TESTING?

Our surgery center is a COVID-free and safe place. To ensure this continued safety for all our patients and staff, you will need to complete COVID testing prior to your procedure to ensure we receive results in time. Turn-around times for test results do vary depending on the testing facility. You will need to provide us with a copy of the results.

  • For procedures at Arizona Heart Rhythm Center’s surgical center, COVID testing may be done up to 10 days in advance
  • For procedures at St. Joseph’s Hospital, COVID testing must be done 5-7 days before your procedure, per the hospital policy
  • COVID testing locations include: Embry Women’s Health, CVS pharmacies, and at the Peppertree Building (St. Joseph’s procedures ONLY)

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GOING HOME AFTER PROCEDURE?

Most patients will be going home the same day as the procedure. Please plan to be at our facility for 3-6 hours and make sure you have a ride back home as you will be unable to drive yourself if you get any anesthetic medication.

If you are having a procedure at St. Joseph’s Hospital, you may be required to stay longer than 6 hours or overnight. All patients having a WATCHMAN or WATCHMAN FLX device implanted at St. Joseph’s Hospital should expect to stay overnight at the hospital. Please ask your doctor if you are unsure of the date of your hospital discharge. You will be asked to have a driver take you home from the hospital.

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SHOWERS AND SHAVING OF SURGICAL SITE?

Especially if you are getting a pacemaker, defibrillator, or any other implant please remember to take at least 2 good showers before the procedure (generally, one on the night before and one on the day of the procedure).

It is advisable that you use a medicated soap like HIBICLENS, you can generally get it over the counter at your local Walgreens or pharmacy.

If you know where your surgical site would be it is preferable to shave that area carefully.  This can however also be done at the surgical center or hospital.

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ARRIVAL TIME?

Please arrive 30 minutes before your procedure time if you are coming to the Arizona Heart Rhythm surgery center.  If you going to the hospital he will need to arrive 2 hours before your procedure scheduled time at the main entrance of the hospital.

o Arizona Heart Rhythm Center Surgery Center: 1848 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
o Dignity St. Joseph’s Hospital: 350 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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WHAT TO BRING?

Please bring your photo ID, insurance card and updated medication list with you to your procedure, we will need to make copies of them. You may also need to bring certain medications with you, such as inhalers or blood thinners. Please ask your doctor or bring all medications with you if you are unsure.

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GENERAL PROCEDURE TIME?

Remember that your scheduled procedure time is an approximate time.  Your actual procedure start time can be variable, depending on how long it takes to perform the procedures scheduled before you.  You will be kept updated and all efforts will be made to get you in the procedure room as fast as possible.

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