Below are a few of the basic questions and general information we are asked as patients come into our facility. If you have any other concerns or questions, please feel free to ask our staff at your convenience.
WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?
The physical address of the Rocky Mountain Surgical Center is 1450 Ellis Street (Corner of Highland Blvd. and Ellis Street). The surgery center is located approximately 3 blocks north of Main Street or 1 mile south of Kagy Blvd. just off of Highland Blvd. To the north of the center are the Bozeman softball fields. The surgery center is the lower level of a two story facility with the entrance under the northwest covered drive. Also see our contact page for a map and directions!
WHO PERFORMS THE ANESTHESIA SERVICES AT THE CENTER?
At this time Rocky Mountain Surgical Center does not utilize the services of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).
We contract with only Board Certified Anesthesiologists to provide our anesthesia services.
CAN I DRIVE MYSELF HOME?
Although the Rocky Mountain Surgical Center has implemented guidelines that safely allow patients to be discharged, on many occasions, the patient may still feel the effects of some of the medication received while in our care. It is because of those medications and other possible limitations including the restricted use of extremities post surgically that require all patients to have a responsible adult drive them home. Prior to going home, you will receive both written and verbal discharge instructions, and we ask that your ride listen to these instructions as well, as you may forget due to impaired memory from the medication you’ve received. If you do not have a ride home arranged, it is possible that your surgery or procedure may be cancelled.
WHY CAN’T I EAT OR DRINK AFTER 10PM?
When having surgery or a procedure where and anesthetic or sedation are used, it is imperative that your stomach is empty. If there are contents in your stomach, you may be at risk for aspiration (stomach contents traveling up your esophagus and back down into either your throat or lungs). If you have had anything to eat or drink within 6 hours of your surgery, your surgery may be cancelled.
CAN MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER WATCH MY SURGERY?
We strive to provide the absolute best environment for our patients. Therefore, we must limit any traffic that is not essential to the actual procedure or surgery. Your significant other can be with you up until the time that you are escorted out of your pre-op room to your surgery or procedure. After your surgery/procedure, and as soon as you are awake, we will make sure your significant other is able to be with you.
CAN YOU VIDEOTAPE MY SURGERY?
Videotaping surgeries, generally speaking, ended in the early 1990’s. The reason for this was because the facilities that videotaped surgery would have to keep a copy of the video within the facility. Storage of these videotapes became an overwhelming issue. Since then, almost all facilities have gone to “still pictures”. It is likely that if your physician takes pictures, you will receive a copy of the same.
CAN I BE HOME ALONE AFTER MY PROCEDURE?
It is strongly recommended that you have someone stay with you for 24 hours after your procedure, particularly if you’ve had an anesthetic or any type of sedation. It is important that you rest and have someone to assist you with your needs. The surgery center will attempt to call you the next business day after your procedure to check on your progress.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Make sure you wear loose fitting comfortable clothing. Keep in mind what would be most comfortable for you depending on what kind of surgery you are having.