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Preparing for Surgery

Pre-Procedure Services at University of Colorado Hospital

What we do

If you are scheduled for surgery, your doctor may recommend that you have further evaluations to make sure you are in the best physical condition possible to undergo the surgery. These evaluations are done at the Pre-Procedure Services clinic.

Our goal is to minimize your risks of developing complications from surgery or anesthesia and to avoid any possible delays or cancellations.

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Inpatient Surgery Instructions Outpatient Surgery Instructions

About Anesthesia

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Have questions about the use of anesthesia during your procedure? The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) posted these YouTube videos to answer your questions:

Anesthesia and You (part one)

Anesthesia and You (part two)

Like to know more about what the anesthesia experience will be like, who will be caring for you through your anesthesia experience, and to learn more about your specific condition and how it relates to the anesthesia experience?

Find out more at this ASA website.

Pre-Procedure Appointment Information

Here's What to Bring to Your Pre-Procedure Appointment

  • Pre-surgery screening form (please download, print, and complete this form, and then bring it with you to your appointment)
  • Insurance co-pay (if any)
  • Name and contact information for your primary care doctors and any other specialists you see regularly
  • Medical records that you feel would be important for documenting major medical evaluations
  • An updated list of your medications, including:
    • Medication name and the dose in milligrams
    • Number of pills you take at a time and how often per day you take them. (If you prefer, you may bring in the original medication containers)
    • Be sure to include any over-the-counter, vitamins and herbal medicines

To Contact Us

Phone Number for Appointments, Insurance Questions
(720) 848-1251

 

Address
Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion
Pre-Procedure Services
1635 Aurora Court, Sixth Floor
Mail Stop F730
Aurora, CO 80045

 

Please DO NOT mail correspondence to the street address. Call the clinic for our mailing address.

 

Our Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Insurance and Billing Information

University of Colorado Hospital accepts most major insurance plans.

 

Your insurance co-pay (if required) is due at the time of service.

 

For your convenience we accept:

  • Cash
  • Personal check
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover

 

Billing Questions

Inpatient Surgery Instructions

Inpatient Surgery Instructions for downloading/printing

Coming for an inpatient stay? Watch this video to learn more about your visit.

Notification and Where to Report

  • Three to four business days prior to your surgery, the Surgery Call Center may contact you to give you your surgery and arrival times, and to review your pre-anesthesia instructions.
  • If you were not contacted about your time of surgery: On the afternoon before your surgery (2 - 4 p.m.) call (720) 848-6070 to find out the time of your surgery or procedure.
  • If your surgery or procedure is on a Monday, or following a Monday holiday, call between 2 and 4 p.m. on the previous Friday afternoon.
  • Where to report: On the day of your procedure or surgery, enter the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion on the Anschutz Medical Campus (formerly Fitzsimons). Check-In is just off the main elevators on the 2nd floor.
  • If you become ill prior to your surgery (cold, fever, upset stomach, etc.) or if you have questions, call (720) 848-0000. Ask for the Resident for the specific surgery/procedure service. You can also call (720)848-4351 and leave a message stating the problem. We will return your call after 6 a.m.

Instructions Before Inpatient Surgery

  • Please follow these instructions strictly. By doing so, you will avoid unnecessary discomfort, delays, or possible cancellations for yourself (or your child), during and after your surgery or procedure.
  • Do not take in any solid food or milk and creamer products after midnight the evening before your surgery or procedure, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Up until 2 hours before the time you check-in for surgery or procedure, you may continue to drink ONLY clear liquids. The ONLY acceptable clear liquids during this time include:
    • Water
    • Sodas or Gatorade
    • 8 ounces of black coffee or tea (no milk, creamer or non-dairy creamer)
    • Juices, such as apple or cranberry - anything you can see through (without pulp), No orange juice!
  • Starting two hours before your check-in time, stop all liquids. This includes chewing gum, or sucking on hard candy.
  • TAKE only the medication you have been instructed to take.
  • DO NOT smoke the day of your surgery.

Other Special Instructions

Recommendations
  • A bath or shower is recommended the night before or day of your surgery or procedure.
  • Wear clothing that will be comfortable and easy for you to put on following your procedure.
  • Please bring your insurance card and a photo ID. Also bring your pharmacy card, if you have one.
  • Please only bring enough money to pay for your copay and prescriptions.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications with doses, times, and the reason you are taking them.
What not to do
  • DO NOT bring jewelry, hairpieces, contact lenses, etc. Bring a case for your glasses or hearing aids if you wear them.
  • DO NOT wear make-up or perfume.
Other important considerations
  • Please allow extra time for parking. Park in front of the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion. There is FREE valet parking available if you are unable to find a parking space quickly or wish to use this service.
  • Although you or your child may be having this surgery or procedure as an outpatient, it may become necessary to be admitted to the hospital after the operation. If you have packed a suitcase, please leave it in the car until you have a room assignment. The room assignment will be given to your family after surgery.
  • If you do go home, you must have someone available to take you home. (They are welcome to wait in the waiting room). Driving a car, operating machines or appliances, making major decisions or ingestion of alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours after having anesthesia.

Outpatient Surgery (Day Surgery) Instructions

Outpatient Surgery Instructions for downloading/printing

Notification and Where to Report

  • Three to four business days prior to your surgery, the Surgery Call Center may contact you to give you your surgery and arrival times, and to review your pre-anesthesia instructions.
  • If you were not contacted about your time of surgery: On the afternoon before your surgery (2 - 4 p.m.) call (720) 848-1340 to find out the time of your surgery or procedure.
  • If your surgery or procedure is on a Monday, or following a Monday holiday, call between 2 and 4 p.m. on the previous Friday afternoon.
  • Where to report: On the day of your procedure or surgery, report to Day Surgery and Procedure Check-in at the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion on the Anschutz Medical Campus (formerly Fitzsimons). Check-In is just off the main elevators on the 2nd floor.
  • If you become ill prior to your surgery (cold, fever, upset stomach, etc.) or if you have questions, call (720) 848-0000. Ask for the Resident for the specific surgery/procedure service. You can also call (720)848-1340 and leave a message stating the problem. We will return your call after 6 a.m.

Instructions Before Outpatient Surgery

  • Please follow these instructions strictly. By doing so, you will avoid unnecessary discomfort, delays, or possible cancellations for yourself (or your child), during and after your surgery or procedure.
  • Do not take in any solid food or milk and creamer products after midnight the evening before your surgery or procedure, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Up until 2 hours before the time you check-in for surgery or procedure, you may continue to drink ONLY clear liquids. The ONLY acceptable clear liquids during this time include:
    • Water
    • Sodas or Gatorade
    • 8 ounces of black coffee or tea (no milk, creamer or non-dairy creamer)
    • Juices, such as apple or cranberry - anything you can see through (without pulp), No orange juice!
  • Starting two hours before your check-in time, stop all liquids. This includes chewing gum, or sucking on hard candy.
  • TAKE only the medication you have been instructed to take.
  • DO NOT smoke the day of your surgery.

Other Special Instructions

  • Recommendations
  • You must have someone availble to take you home and stay with ou overnight. (They are welcome to wait in the waiting room.) Driving a car, operating machines or appliances, making major decisions or ingestion of alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours after having anesthesia.
  • A bath or shower is recommended the night before or day of your surgery or procedure.
  • Wear clothing that will be comfortable and easy for you to put on following your procedure.
  • Please bring your insurance card and a photo ID. Also bring your pharmacy card, if you have one.
  • Please only bring enough money to pay for your copay and prescriptions.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications with doses, and times, and the reason you are taking them.
  • What not to do
  • DO NOT bring jewelry, hairpieces, contact lenses, etc. Bring a case for your glasses or hearing aids if you wear them.
  • DO NOT wear make-up or perfume.
  • Other important considerations
  • Please allow extra time for parking. Park in front of the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion. There is FREE valet parking available if you are unable to find a parking space quickly or wish to use this service.
  • Although you or your child may be having this surgery or procedure as an outpatient, it may become necessary to be admitted to the hospital after the operation. If you have packed a suitcase, please leave it in the car until you have a room assignment. The room assignment will be given to your family after surgery.

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