Thank you for choosing to have your surgery (or procedure) at St. Francis Medical Center. Our goal is to make your surgical experience the very best possible.
We request that you schedule a pre-surgery visit at one of our two Pre-Surgery Clinics. This pre-surgery visit will help make sure everything is taken care of prior to your surgery or procedure.
St. Francis Medical Center Pre-Surgery Clinic
St. Francis Community Health Center
2600 Tower Drive, Suite 204
Monroe, LA 71201
St. Francis P&S Surgery & Heart Center Pre-Operative Clinic
312 Grammont Street, Suite 204
Monroe, LA 71201
What to Expect at your Pre-Surgery Visit
A member of our pre-access team will call you to start the process. This includes obtaining insurance and other information that is needed in advance of your surgery. At this time you will also be scheduled for a pre-surgery visit at our Pre-Surgery Clinic in order for us to perform testing. You will meet with the pre-surgery nurse/nurse practitioner for clinical assessment, medical history and teaching as ordered by your physician.
It is extremely important for you to pre-admit prior to surgery. By having your testing done several days prior to your procedure, any abnormal results are reported immediately to your physician so that he/she is able to make decisions for your care. Some of the most common tests ordered are lab work, EKG and chest X-ray, but other tests may be ordered by your physician.
Things To Bring to Pre-Surgery Clinic Visit
There are several items you will need to bring with you to your pre-surgery visit:
How Long Will The Pre-Surgery Visit Take?
Each surgery preadmission process is different based on the testing ordered by your physician. Following is a short list of items which may be required during your pre-surgery visit:
Estimated Total Time 70-90 minutes *Not all cases require an anesthesia visit. In those cases, anesthesia will visit the patient the morning of their surgery. Please note: There are times when your physician may have requested that your lab work is completed and results reported to him/her prior to you leaving the pre-surgery clinic.
It's Time for Surgery
Please arrive at the time instructed by your doctor, or 1 1/2 to 2 hours before your surgery time. Next, you will be escorted to the pre-operative area, where you will be prepared for your procedure and interviewed by the anesthesiologist. After your IV is started and your preparation is complete, a limited number of family members will be allowed to stay with you until you are taken to the operating room. While you are in surgery, your family will sit comfortably in the waiting room and will be kept apprised of your progress throughout the procedure.
Recovering from Surgery
Immediately following your surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room while your doctor updates your family on your progress. One family member is permitted to stay with you in the recovery room, after you are fully awake. If you are staying overnight with us, family members will be allowed to stay with you overnight in your room. Your family will also be given the direct phone number for your room. Upon discharge, please look around your room for any personal items. Please also ensure someone is driving you home.
You will be asked to pay your estimated patient responsibility via phone and at the time of registration before services are rendered. If you are uninsured, please review our Financial Assistance Program found at www.fmolhs.org/financialassistance. Make sure you have the financial means to cover your visit. For example, you may need to pay for unmet deductibles, copayments, unmet out-of-pocket expenses, self-pay deposits, transportation, meals and lodging.