South Kansas City Surgicenter

Surgery Preparation

Your physician has scheduled your surgical procedure at SKCS. The staff has already begun the process to make your visit to the facility as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Prior to surgery, you will receive a phone call from the pre-admission nurse who will speak with you regarding any previous and existing medical conditions as well as any medications that you are currently taking. You will also be given instructions regarding what time to arrive at the center the day of your surgery.

Please visit and fill out a Health Assessment form before your visit. You can also fill out an Advance Health Care Directive prior to your visit nd bring it with you the day of your surgery. An AHCD instructs health care providers about your care if you are unable to make decisions on your own. Note: SKCSurgicenter does not honor DNR requests.

Before surgery you should follow these important safety rules which are critical to your well-being. If you do not follow these guidelines, your surgery may have to be delayed or canceled (if you take insulin or routine medications, your physician or anesthesiologist will instruct you how to take your medication the day of surgery. If you take a blood thinner such as Coumadin or aspirin, please inform your surgeon).

  • Make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home after your procedure.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery unless instructed otherwise by a member of the healthcare team.
  • You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth the day of surgery, provided nothing is swallowed.
  • Do not smoke or use any tobacco products after midnight the night before your surgery.

The Day of Surgery

If you are unable to keep your appointment or are delayed, please contact the Surgicenter immediately at 913-901-9000. Note: The surgeons request that a family member be present during surgery.

  • Bring picture I.D. (required)
  • All jewelry should be removed prior to surgery.
  • Bring your health insurance card with you. You may be asked to bring your co-payment, co-insurance or deductible with you.
  • Wear low-heeled shoes and loose, comfortable clothing which is easy to put on and take off.
  • Remove make-up, nail polish and contact lenses if you wear them.
  • If applicable, bring the following items with you:
    • Your contact lenses or eyeglasses
    • Dentures
    • Hearing aid
    • Crutches or walker

Please register at the front desk upon arrival at SKCSurgicenter.

If you are required to make any financial payment, i.e. co-payment, co-insurance or deductible on day of surgery, you will be contacted by the business office.

Surgery for Children

South Kansas City Surgicenter was designed to accommodate the special needs of our pediatric patients. The Surgicenter has highly qualified nursing staff and the anesthesia team has extensive training and experience with children. We welcome you to tour the Surgicenter and ask any questions you may have prior to your child's procedure. We encourage children to bring a favorite toy or blanket with them. A parent or guardian is required to stay with the child during the pre-operative and post-operative process and must remain in the building during the child's surgical procedure. Parents of small children should bring childcare items such as diapers, bottles and extra underclothes. Legal guardians must bring proof of guardianship.

Pre-Operative Instructions for Medications

Stop taking these medications five to seven days before surgery:

Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Mortin, Excedrin, Celebrex, Bextra, Mobic, Vitamin E, Omega-3 (fish oil), Garlic, Ginger, Flax Seed, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Glucosamine, Green Tea, weight loss or diet medications.

You may use Tylenol for pain.

You will need to discontinue taking medications inhibiting coagulation, including aspirin, Plavix and Coumadin 1 week before surgery if possible. Lovenox should be discontinued the day prior to surgery. If you have been prescribed blood thinner as list above – please check with your medical doctor prior to discontinuing the medication.

Please check with your physician if you are taking any steroids, methotrexate or other medications for rheumatoid arthritis.