What To Expect

We are pleased that you have chosen us to assist in your care. Our facility combines the latest surgical technology with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. This page is designed to provide as much information as possible and to help answer many of the questions you may have regarding your surgery prior to your visit. If you have a specific concern that is not addressed satisfactorily, please feel free to call St. Peters Ambulatory Surgery Center at (636) 928-1670.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, special considerations must be taken to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Please review the below updates to our before surgery, day of surgery and after surgery protocols.

  • Preoperative COVID testing is required for most procedures performed. Your surgeon’s office will provide you with testing locations, orders, and instructions. Our nurses will review this information with you again when we call you to discuss surgical instructions and health history several days prior to surgery.
  • We are maintaining social distancing to the greatest extent possible. We keep patients 6 feet apart or more in our pre-op/post-op area. We are not allowing guests in the pre and post-op area, nor in the waiting room during your procedure. Please provide an adult contact’s name and phone number for us to call with surgical updates from our physicians, and for our nurses to call when ready for pick-up. Pediatric patients will be permitted one parent in the waiting area during their procedure.
  • Upon arriving for surgery, please remain in your car and call 636-928-1670 to let us know you’re here. We will go outside to complete the health screening form and take your temperature prior to entering the surgery center. We will also screen your driver. Please keep your windows closed and your air conditioner on to avoid overheating while in your car. Upon entering, you will be provided a mask if you don’t have one of your own, and hand sanitizer.
  • Upon arrival of your driver for pick-up, they should remain in the car and call us to notify us they’re here. Our nurses will go outside to go over discharge instructions and paperwork with your driver.
  • For your safety and ours, staff will be wearing masks. We may also be wearing eye protection, gowns, and gloves when needed. We are cleaning and disinfecting frequently throughout the day with approved cleaning products.

If you have further questions or concerns regarding these special precautions, please click on the Contact Us link. An administrator will contact you by your preferred method.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work to keep you and our community safe.

Before Surgery

  • Please talk to your doctor about any daily medications you are currently taking. Be sure to mention any over the counter medications, including herbal supplements.
  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) after 12:00 AM (midnight) unless your physician instructs you differently.
  • Take a bath or shower the night before or morning of the surgery.
  • Brush your teeth but do not swallow the water.
  • Refrain from smoking the evening prior and do not drink alcohol 24 hours before surgery.

Day of Surgery

  • It is important that you arrive promptly at the scheduled time.
  • We encourage you to ask any questions you might have.
  • Let the staff know of any special needs you might have.
  • Bring a picture ID and insurance cards with you. Bring forms (pre-op orders, history and physical copies of labs and EKG) from your physician if requested.
  • If you are taking prescription medications, bring your medications or a complete list of your medications, including the dosage and frequency.
  • Arrange for a family member or friend to wait in the waiting room. You must have a responsible person to drive you home and make any necessary stops at the pharmacy after your surgery.
  • Do not wear make-up.
  • Valuables (i.e. all jewelry and money) should be left at home.
  • You may wear glasses, but no contact lenses.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Expect to be at the facility for two to three hours on the day of your procedure.

After Surgery

  • Dizziness is normal after receiving anesthesia; therefore you should wait 24 hours after returning home before:
    • Driving or operating equipment
    • Signing important papers
    • Making significant decisions
    • Drinking alcoholic beverages
    • Taking any medications that are not prescribed or acknowledged by your surgeon
  • Be sure to follow any specific post operative instructions given to you by your physician regarding diet, exercise, rest, activities, and medication. A written summary of these will be provided to you prior to your release.
  • Notify your doctor if you notice any abnormalities at the operative site.