Frequently Asked Questions

For detailed patient instructions, visit the Before Surgery, Day of Surgery, and After Surgerypages.

1. Where are you located?
2. Should I see my primary physician before scheduling surgery?
3. Will I see my surgeon before surgery?
4. What type of Anesthesia will I have? Will I receive more medication for pain at home if needed?
5. How long will I be at the Surgery Center?
6. Will I spend the night?
7. Should I take my medications?
8. Why can’t I take my diabetic meds?
9. Will I be given instructions after surgery?
10. Why does someone have to be with me 24 hours after surgery?
11. What kind of surgical wound dressing will I have?
12. Why do I have to take all of my jewelry off?
13. What should I bring with me on the day of surgery?

1. Where are you located?
Coral Gables Surgery Center is located at 2645 SW 37 Avenue (also called Douglas Road) Suite 400 in Miami, Florida, 33133.

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2. Should I see my primary physician before scheduling surgery?
Your physician will inform you if you need to see your primary physician before scheduling surgery. Back to top

3. Will I see my surgeon before surgery?
Yes. You will have a consultation with your surgeon and the anesthesiologist prior to your surgery. Back to top

4. What type of Anesthesia will I have? Will I receive more medication for pain at home if needed?
The type of anesthesia you will be given will be determined during your pre surgery consultation. Your physician will prescribe pain medicine for home use.

At Coral Gables Surgery Center, we provide the following types of anesthesia:

General
Epidural
Spinal
Local
Local with sedation
Femoral Block
Interscalene Block
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5. How long will I be at the Surgery Center?
Typically you should plan on an hour and a half BEFORE surgery time and depending on the anesthesia used an hour or two AFTER surgery. Back to top

6. Will I spend the night?
No. We are an outpatient surgery center. All patients go home when stable. Back to top

7. Should I take my medications?
You may take your blood pressure, heart and thyroid medications etc., with a very small sip of water. However, do not take diabetic medications without the permission of a pre-op nurse.Back to top

8. Why can’t I take my diabetic meds?
You could be without food for 12 hours or longer and we don’t want you to have an insulin reaction. Back to top

9. Will I be given instructions after surgery?
Yes. After your surgery, a nurse will go over instructions that your doctor has written for you with you and your companion. Back to top

10. Why does someone have to be with me 24 hours after surgery?
Because medications can take up to 24 hours to leave your system, we recommend someone stay with you for your safety. We also recommend that you refrain from signing any legal documents during this time period. Back to top

11. What kind of surgical wound dressing will I have?
This depends on what type of surgery you have, but be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothes to accommodate any wound dressing. Back to top

12. Why do I have to take all of my jewelry off?
You must take all of your jewelry off because some equipment in the OR can cause burns if jewelry is worn. Back to top

13. What should I bring with me on the day of surgery?
You should bring your photo ID, insurance cards, any applicable patient forms, any receipts of previously paid items, and any payment that you may have been asked to bring. We recommend that you leave any valuable items at home. Back to top