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Patient Education

Types of Surgery

The Scarborough Surgery Center has the capability of performing almost any procedure suitable for outpatient surgery. The staff is trained in all aspects of surgical care for every type of patient - from young children to senior citizens.

Before Surgery

All patients over 16 years of age:

  • No food or milk after midnight (regardless of time of surgery).
  • You may drink water, apple juice, black coffee, or black tea up to 4 hours before surgery.

All patients under 16 years of age:

  • No food or milk after midnight (regardless of the time of surgery).
  • Up until 2 hours before surgery: may have clear liquids (water, apple juice, white grape juice, cranberry juice).
  • Up until 4 hours before surgery: may have breast milk.
  • Up until 6 hours before surgery: may have formula or milk.

Day of Surgery

  • Bring an accurate list of your medications with their doses as well as your medications in their original containers.
  • If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP please bring it with you.
  • Bring two forms of ID (insurance card and photo ID).
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Come showered, wear no jewelry or makeup.
  • Remove body piercings.
  • Bring a case for your glasses, contacts, and dentures.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing i.e., sweat pants for surgery and large button down shirt for shoulder surgeries.
  • If you have been given any special equipment i.e., walker, crutches to be used after your surgery please bring with you.

After Surgery

You will be taken to the Recovery area. There are registered nurses specially trained to care for you as you wake up from anesthesia. The Customer Service Representative in the Waiting Area will make sure your family is kept updated.

Your support person may join you at your bedside when you are feeling up to it. You will be discharged when you are safely ready. The nurse will give you written and verbal discharge instructions about your diet, activity, medications, and home care before you leave.

Maine Medical Center is a member of the MaineHealth System