• Center for Advanced Surgery

    The Center for Advanced Surgery (CAS) provides expertise in the care of patients whose surgery is performed in the ambulatory setting. Our environment is family-oriented and friendly. The personal needs of our patients and their families are met by a caring staff. The start time of a surgical procedure is more dependable at the CAS than in a hospital setting, where emergency cases may disrupt the schedule. This means more predictability and higher satisfaction for our patients.  

  • Additional amenities

    • A patient-friendly atmosphere.
    • Electronic displays allow families to continuously track the patient’s progress.
    • State-of-the-art surgical and anesthesia equipment.
    • An acute-pain service is available for patients receiving peripheral nerve blocks performed by anesthesiologists.
  • Patient Surgery Information

    Preparing for outpatient surgery

    • Bring your current insurance card and a picture ID.
    • Please bring copies of the following, if you have them: living will, health care surrogate, power of attorney or guardianship papers.
    • Bring a responsible adult to drive you home (or ride with you in a taxi) if you are having outpatient surgery.
    • Plan to have someone stay with you at home for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
    • Bring a list of your current medications, including how much you take and when you take it, or bring the medications (in their original containers) with you.
    • Tell your doctor about any allergies you have to medicines or food.
    • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and low-heeled shoes.
    • Bring a case to store glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids or dentures during surgery.
    • Pack an overnight bag including personal care items, such as a toothbrush and lotion, if you are staying in the hospital.
    • Bring parent or guardian if you are younger than 18 years old.
    • Bring a favorite toy or blanket for children having surgery.

    Please remember:

    • Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight (unless told otherwise) the day before your surgery.
    • Don’t smoke, use smokeless tobacco, eat mints or chew gum after midnight the day before your surgery.
    • Don’t drink alcohol 24 hours before your surgery.
    • Don’t wear makeup, nail polish, or jewelry including body piercings.
    • Don’t bring money or valuables to the hospital.
    • Don’t drive a motor vehicle for 24 hours after your surgery.
    • Don’t make important decisions or sign any legal documents for 24 hours after your surgery.
    • Don’t drink alcohol or take medication not prescribed by your doctor for 24 hours after your surgery.

    The day of surgery

    • Arrive on time or early to avoid delays or cancellation.
    • Park in the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital garage on Transcript Avenue off South Limestone.
    • Proceed to Level A and take the free shuttle to the first stop, Pavilion A.
    • Enter through the revolving door, turn right and go to the Registration Desk.
    • You will be directed to the Center for Advanced Surgery after registering.

    When you arrive

    After you have registered, you will be taken to the holding room where nurses will get you ready for surgery. Visitors are limited in the holding room.

    Nurses will:

    • Ask you to change into a hospital gown.
    • Check your arm band for your name and birthday. Your arm band will be checked many times throughout your stay at UK to ensure your safety.
    • Go over your health history.
    • Review your medicines and allergies.
    • Check your temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, height and weight.
    • Make sure you are comfortable and start an IV.
    • Tell you what to expect during your time at the hospital.

    During surgery

    Your family and friends will be directed to the surgery lobby where they will receive regular updates during your surgery. Your doctor will talk to them after your surgery. A clerk is available to assist family and visitors. Space is limited, so please limit the number of people who come with you for your surgery.

    After surgery

    You will be taken to an area called the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where nurses will take care of you as you recover from surgery. Most patients will stay in the PACU approximately one to two hours. Some people may need to stay longer.

    During this time, the doctors and nurses will:

    • Keep your pain level as low as possible.
    • Help keep you from being sick to your stomach.
    • Make sure you are warm and comfortable.
    • Update your family on how you are doing.
    • The anesthesia doctor will decide when you can go home or to your room.

    At home

    • Plan to go straight home to rest when you leave the hospital.
    • Follow your doctor's instructions about rest, what to eat, what you can and cannot do, which medications to take and when you may return to your normal activities.
    • Be sure to keep your follow up appointment with your doctor. You should be scheduled for a clinic appointment before you leave the hospital.

    bullet For other important things to know when having surgery, please view the UK HealthCare  Patient Surgery Guide (PDF, 107 KB)

  • Need to cancel?

    If you decide not to have surgery or if you need to cancel due to a fever, a breathing or viral illness, or a family emergency, please call your surgeon’s office and the Pre-op Anesthesia Clinic at 800-898-7644 or 859-323-5849 during office hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or 859-323-5860 after hours. If it is the day of surgery, call the location where you are scheduled to have your surgery.

Page last updated: 7/7/2016 10:26:06 AM
  • Center for Advanced Surgery registration and waiting area