Golf Surgical Center
8901 Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Preparing for Surgery

Required Testing Before Surgery

  • Pre-operative laboratory tests are not required unless your managing physician requests them.
  • If any pre-operative tests are done, you must insure a copy of the results are forwarded to the Center or your surgery may be cancelled.
  • You will be seen by an anesthesiologist (if you require these services) on the day of surgery.
  • Please bring a list of medications you take regularly.


Patient Instructions
Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery.
It is very important that you speak with someone from the Center prior to the date of your surgery.

  • If you are scheduled to receive anesthesia you may not have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to your surgery. Failure to adhere may result in cancellation. You may take instructed medication with a sip of water.
  • If you get a cold, sore throat, or have other symptoms of illness within two day of your scheduled surgery, please call your surgeon.
  • Please remove all jewelry and contact lenses. Please leave all valuables at home. Golf Surgical Center will not be responsible for lost items.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing the day of your procedure.
  • A responsible adult must drive you home and stay with you after your procedure.
  • We should have mailed you a pre-registration packet that we request you mail or fax back to us. We will also be calling you the day before your surgery to provide you with preoperative instructions as to the time we will need you to arrive at our center. If no one has contacted you prior to your scheduled surgery, of if you have any questions please call 847.299.2273 and ask for the Pre-Op department.
  • Your Surgeon and the Anesthesiologist will meet with you prior to your procedure.
  • If you are a diabetic, do not take your Insulin or any oral diabetic medicine the day of surgery unless instructed by your internist. Please bring your Insulin with you the day of your surgery.


Questions and Comments – Answers

What are Ambulatory Surgery Centers?
Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) are facilities where surgeries that do not require a hospital admission are performed. They provide a cost-effective and convenient environment that is less stressful than the large hospital environment.

What can I eat or drink before surgery?
If you are scheduled to receive anesthesia, please do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery: including gum, water, mints, or vitamins unless your Pre-Op Nurse has given you special instructions stating otherwise. This is very important for your safety. If you do not follow these instructions, your procedure may have to be delayed or rescheduled.

What clothing should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that you can change easily and will not bind the site of your surgery. Please remove all jewelry and watches prior to surgery. It is best to leave all jewelry and valuables at home. Please remove all make up and contact lenses.

What medications should I take?
Please inform your physician and the Surgery Center Nursing staff of any medications you may be taking. You will be given specific instructions concerning any medications by Surgery Center Nursing staff prior to your scheduled surgery date. If you take insulin you will be given specific instructions on how to take this medication prior to surgery.

Will I need someone to take me home?
You must have a responsible adult drive you home after the surgery.


Questions and Comments – Answers

Who will provide my anesthesia?
Anesthesia services at Golf Surgical Center are provided by Park Ridge Anesthesiologist Associates. You will have a board-certified anesthesiologist caring for you through out your stay at Golf Surgical Center.

What type of anesthesia might I receive?
The anesthetic plan that will be discussed with you prior to your surgery, is tailored so that you will be able to go home soon after your operation is completed. Special anesthetic agents and anesthetic techniques are used to provide a swift recovery from the effects of anesthesia. Most patients are able to leave Golf Surgical Center within one to two hours of their surgery. The types of anesthetic you receive will be specifically designed for your particular needs and medical indications. There are four main types of anesthesia:

  • General Anesthesia – during this type of anesthesia, the patient is not conscious and has complete loss of sensation.
  • Monitored Anesthesia Care – during this type of anesthesia care, the patient receives sedation and medication to relieve the pain and provide comfort. The surgeon will inject a local anesthetic to provide the loss of sensation necessary for the surgery. Close monitoring of your vital signs, cardiogram and other parameters will be performed by your anesthesiologist.
  • Regional Anesthesia – involves the use of a local anesthetic to provide anesthesia to a specific region of the body. This type of anesthesia includes spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, upper and lower extremity blocks.
  • Local Anesthesia – can provide anesthesia to small areas of the body. This is most commonly injected by the surgeon and there may be no anesthesiologist involved.


Questions and Comments – Answers

What happens when the operation is over?
You will be transferred to our Phase One Recovery where you will rest under the care of specially trained nurses. Your anesthesiologist will monitor your condition. You may be sleepy or dizzy after your surgery.

Once you are ambulatory you will be transferred to Phase Two Recovery where you family members or companion will keep your company before being discharged. Our nurses and physicians will answer your questions and give you instruction. You will receive a written copy of these instructions. Please follow them carefully. If required, your doctor may issue you a prescription, which you can phone ahead to your local pharmacy. Be prepared to go home and finish your recovery time there. You must have a responsible adult with you to drive you home. Have someone plan to stay at home with you through the night. Do not make any important decisions, drive, or operate machinery for 24-hours after your surgery.

What type of side effects can I expect?
Patients often experience minor effects following anesthesia, such as drowsiness, muscle aches, a sore throat, headaches, or dizziness. Nausea may also be present, but vomiting is less common. These side effects decline rapidly in the hour following surgery, but may take several days before they are gone completely. The majority of patients do not feel up to their typical activities the next day, usually due to tiredness or surgical discomfort. Plan to take it easy for a few days until you feel back to normal. Know that a period of recovery at home is common and is to be expected. Contact your surgeon if you have questions about what you can and cannot do, when you can return to work, and how active you can be.


The day after your surgery, a recovery nurse will call you at home to follow up on your progress.


Questions and Comments – Answers

Will my insurance cover my outpatient surgery/procedure?
Golf Surgical Center charges a facility fee. This includes charges for the operating room, recovery room and other services during your stay. This does not include fees charged by your surgeon, anesthesiologist, pathologist, radiologist, or miscellaneous items provided by others providers that are billed separately, if applicable. Contact your Insurance Company in advance if you have any questions regarding coverage.

Will I receive a bill after my surgery?
A claim will be submitted to your insurance company on your behalf. This claim will have only our facility fee. The other providers such as the surgeon, anesthesiologist, pathologist, radiologist and others, if applicable, will submit directly their appropriate fees. Once we have received a response on our claim from your insurance company we mail you an itemized statement that details their response with your portion of the balance remaining. Please contact the Golf Surgical Center’s billing office staff at 847.299.2273 if you should have any questions regarding a bill that you received the Surgery Center.

Who do I contact, if I have questions about my coverage?
Your insurance company is your first point of contact to answer any question you may have about your coverage. If you still have questions Golf Surgical Center employs an experienced business office staff that will be happy to provide you with as much information as possible. Please contact Golf Surgical Center at 847.299.2273