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Piper Surgery Center Information

State-of-the-Art Surgery Facility in Scottsdale

Dr. White performs surgery at the Virginia Piper Surgery Center, which is located at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea. The Piper Surgery Center offers comfort, privacy, and convenience, as well as a highly skilled nursing staff to help make your surgical experience pleasant and stress-free. Many surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, although more extensive surgeries may require an overnight stay. Dr. White will discuss the details of your plastic surgery procedure during your consultation in her Scottsdale plastic surgery office. Following is information from Scottsdale Healthcare:

Piper Surgery Center
9007 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
phone: 480-323-3950
fax: 480-323-3946

Registration & Pre-certification

You are part of the healthcare team

Your healthcare team includes you, your surgeon, an anesthesiologist, and nurses. As part of the team, your actions are extremely important to your post-surgical care and quick recovery. Please read the following very carefully and follow all requests.

  1. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to a scheduled surgery (including water or gum).
    Prior to an afternoon surgery, you may drink clear liquids only until eight hours before your surgery, then nothing by mouth. These precautions must be strictly observed or your procedure may be delayed or canceled.
  2. Bring all insurance cards and photo identification.
    All deductibles and co-pays are due at time of registration. Please bring source of payment (i.e. credit card, cash, or cashiers check, etc.). After registration, you will be asked to give your insurance, identification, credit card and remaining cash to your family or friend who accompanies you.
  3. Please be prompt.
    For Greenbaum/Piper Surgery Centers, adults should arrive two hours prior to surgery time, unless instructed otherwise by your physician or the pre-operative nursing staff. The time preceding your surgery will be used for lab tests, pre-operative instructions, questions, and time to talk with your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Children 12 years of age and younger may arrive 90 minutes prior to scheduled surgery time.
  4. Leave all jewelery and valuables at home.
    This includes computers, cell phones, pagers, personal stereos with headphones, and body piercing jewelry.
  5. Arrange for transportation.
    For your safety, you must arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home following surgery. The individual should either be readily available by telephone or should wait for you in the family waiting area. Patients may not take taxis home. Patients may not drive for 24 hours after sedation or general anesthesia.
  6. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
    The parent or legal guardian must remain at the facility while the minor is receiving care. Please plan to have someone else drive home to allow you to care for your child.
  7. Power of attorney (POA) or guardianship papers must be provided on admission for any adult unable to sign his/her own papers or for any minor with someone other than the custodial parents.
    The individual name on POA papers must be in attendance to sign all papers.
  8. Check with your physician regarding daily medications.
    For many, it is essential to continue taking daily medications prior to surgery. For example, high blood pressure or diabetic medications.

    • Notify your physician if you routinely take blood thinners such as Coumadin®, aspirin, or herbal medications, as these may have to be discontinued briefly.
    • Ask your physician whether you should take any medications the night before or the day of surgery.
    • Call your surgeon if you develop a cold, fever, or respiratory infection before surgery.
  9. Contact lenses.
    All contact lenses, including extended wear, must be removed prior to general anesthesia cases. Please bring solution and a carrying case with you.
  10. Wear causal, loose-fitting clothing.
    Please wear loose-fitting clothing that does not need to be pulled over your head. You will be given a surgical gown and cap to wear during your surgery and recovery. Bathe the night before or the morning of surgery. You may bring comfortable sleepwear to wear home.
  11. Females age 10-55 will be required to provide urine specimens on admission.

The outpatient surgery center staff will attempt to contact you the day prior to a scheduled procedure. The purpose of this call is to obtain your medical information.

Registration Assistance

For your convenience, you may pre-register online at www.shc.org. Alternatively, you may download the Patient Information Form to print out and mail to the Piper Surgery Center.

Pre-Certification and Payment Arrangements

Most insurance companies require pre-certification. It is your responsibility to verify with your insurance company whether pre-certification or a second opinion is required for your specific surgical procedure. Your physician’s office is the best source of information regarding required information for pre-authorization. Absence of this information may result in a delay or cancellation of your surgical procedure. Please be informed of your insurance requirements.

Our of Network Physicians

While our hospital may be contracted with your insurance, we are advising you that there is a possibility that not all professional services may be contracted with your insurance carrier. Since all insurance coverage varies from policy to policy, we suggest that you follow up with your health plan if you feel the need.

Operating & Recovery Room Policies

Self-pay patients

Self-pay patients or patients without an insurance pre-certification number must pay all estimated surgery and overnight stay fees if applicable at the time of registration. Cash, cashier’s checks, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

Pre-Operative Stage

The nursing staff will assist you in preparation for your surgical procedure. They will review your personal health history, and laboratory work, and any other tests completed as ordered by your physician.

If you are having your procedure at:

  • Piper Surgery Center, please call 480-323-3950 and press option 2.

Your anesthesiologist (if services are required) will consult with you in the pre-operative area on the day of your surgery. Your surgeon will check with you regarding any last-minute questions you might have regarding the procedure.

During your surgery, family members will be asked to wait in the lobby. Your surgeon will make every attempt to visit with your family.

Operating Room

Operating room nurses and staff will stay with you throughout your entire surgery. If you require the services of an anesthesiologist, he/she will monitor you throughout your surgery.

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

When your surgical procedure is completed, you will be taken to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) for 30 minutes to two hours, depending upon your type of anesthesia and surgery. If you experience any nausea, dry mouth, pain, or discomfort, or are cold, let your nurses know and they will take measures to ease these sensations.

Visitors in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

There are two recovery areas. Due to the acute nature of the care given, visitors are not allowed in the first stage recovery area, but may be asked to join the patient when he/she is transferred to the second stage area.

Post-Operative & Follow-up

Post-Operative Discharge

Before you leave, you and/or family member will receive discharge instructions from the nurse that have been provided by your physician. Sometimes due to medications given, you may not remember what was discussed. If you have any questions, please contact your physician.

The medication you receive may make you drowsy, light headed, dizzy and/or nauseated. It will not be safe for you to drive. You must arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you during the next 24 hours.

Do not plan to make any important decisions or sign legal papers for at least 24 hours after your operation.

You can expect some post-operative discomfort. If needed, take prescribed pain and/or nausea medication as directed by your physician. Your surgeon or attending physician is the best resource for answering questions related to your surgery or treatment. You may receive a post operative follow-up call 24 hours after surgery.

If the patient is your child, please plan to have someone else drive you home allowing you to give all of your attention to your child.

Admission to the Overnight Stay Unit at Greenbaum/Piper Surgery Centers

Upon collaboration with your physician, you may decide that additional post-operative nursing care is required. The Greenbaum/Piper Surgery Centers offers a spacious, attractive, and fully accredited recovery care center. If at any time you require a higher level of care, transport to the Osborn/Shea Hospital Facility will be arranged.

Family members and/or visitors may visit once you are settled in your room.

The Overnight Stay Unit Number at the Greenbaum Surgery Center is 480-828-4588. The Overnight Stay Unit number at the Piper Surgery Center is 480-323-3490.

We Want Your Opinion

We value your opinion regarding our services. You may receive a questionnaire. Please give us your input – we want to be the best that we can possibly be. The information you provide will help us improve our care to all future patients. This information will remain confidential.

Scottsdale Healthcare’s facilities and walkways are smoke-free. Please refrain from smoking until departing from the campus.

Scottsdale Healthcare is committed to protecting the confidentiality of its patients’ medical information. We do this through strict adherence to State and Federal privacy laws.

Scottsdale Healthcare supports a patient-centered philosophy of care. As you prepare for your surgical procedure, please know that your need for privacy, safety, and comfort is foremost in our minds.

If you ever have any questions, or something is unclear to you, please do not hesitate to ask. Members of our professional staff are thoroughly informed, well trained, and able to answer your questions.

Our staff of healthcare professionals wishes you a rapid recovery, and we look forward to serving you.

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