What to expect when you arrive
for your surgery or procedure
Inpatient and outpatient surgery in Sun City Center, Florida
South Bay Hospital offers comprehensive surgical services in inpatient and outpatient settings. Our qualified surgeons perform a wide variety of general and specialized surgical procedures.
For more information about our surgical procedures, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 685-1595.
Our surgical department offers you the following:
- Preoperative holding area—Where you are prepared for surgery and meet with your surgeon and anesthesiologist
- Operating room suites—Equipped with new, high-definition towers and cameras for minimally invasive surgeries
- Post anesthesia care unit—Where you recover after surgery
Our surgical specialties
Our surgeons are specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting many areas of the body. Some of our surgical specialties include:
- Colon/rectal surgery
- Heart and vascular surgery
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- General surgery procedures
- Orthopedic surgery
- Spine surgery
- Urologic surgery
Minimally invasive procedures
Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive surgical options, such as endoscopy, robotic surgery and laparoscopic procedures. These surgeries are often outpatient procedures and offer you many benefits compared to traditional surgery, including:
- Fewer scars
- Less pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Smaller incisions
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure, involving a a flexible tube with a light and camera attached, called an endoscope. Using the endoscope, a doctor can examine your digestive tract.
Laparoscopic surgery, or laparoscopy, is a modern surgical technique involving small incisions, specialized instruments and a camera called a laparoscope. We use laparoscopy for the following procedures:
- Appendix removal
- Carotid treatment
- Colon procedures
- Hernia repair
- Pacemaker implants
- Gallbladder removal
- Video-assisted chest procedures
We offer robot-assisted surgery across several surgical specialties. With robotic surgery, a doctor controls the robotic system, and their hand movements are translated into small, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside of the body.
Scheduling your surgery and pre-admission visit
These guidelines explain our pre-admission process to prepare you for your inpatient or outpatient surgery.
A member of your doctor's team will contact the hospital to schedule your admission and order the tests you'll need before surgery. We'll schedule your surgery and make an appointment for your pre-admission visit. Then, we'll call you to provide you with the scheduling information.
Your pre-admission visit
Use the rear outpatient entrance to enter the hospital and check in at the reception desk. Your pre-admission appointment includes:
- Completion of admitting forms
- Verifying your insurance information
- Nursing assessment and education
- Tests your doctor ordered
- Anesthesia consult if needed
- Confirming when you are to report to the hospital for your surgery
Please bring the following items:
- Your insurance card/s
- Any paperwork given to you by your doctor
- A list of the medications you take
- Your living will or medical power of attorney (if you have one)
Insurance and financial information
It is important that you understand what your insurance covers and where you can go for care. Many insurance plans require pre-certification before admission. To avoid reduced benefits, call your insurance company to verify your coverage and make sure your authorizations are in order.
If you have any financial questions, please call our financial counselors at (813) 634-0173 or (813) 634-3301, ext. 1033. We are available weekdays, from 8:30am to 5pm.
The night before your surgery
Please follow your surgeon's orders to ensure safe preparation before surgery. Some of these orders may include:
- Restrictions on eating, drinking and taking medications
- Arranging for a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery
- Any additional preoperative instructions given by your surgeon's office
Call your surgeon's office if you have any questions.
The day of your surgery
On the day of your surgery, please use the rear outpatient entrance to enter the hospital and check in at the reception desk.
When reporting to the hospital, please follow these instructions:
- Wear very loose fitting clothing.
- Do not bring any medications to the hospital.
- Be prepared to pay your co-payments and deductibles, but do not bring large amounts of money with you.
- Leave unnecessary valuables and jewelry at home.
- Pack only necessary items, such as a toothbrush and comb.
- Wear glasses not contact lenses.
An admitting counselor will greet you at the reception desk, confirm your chart is complete and give you an identification wristband.
Next, you will be escorted to a comfortable room where you will be prepared for your surgery. At this point, you will change into a hospital gown. Your nurse will take your blood pressure, temperature, pulse and start your intravenous (IV) therapy. You will also meet your anesthesiologist. Feel free to ask any questions and discuss any concerns you may have.
If you wish, a family member can wait with you until it is time for your surgery.
After your surgery
When your surgery is over, you will wake up in the recovery room. You will have your own nurse who will monitor your progress until you are fully awake. We value your comfort, so please tell your nurse about your pain. The nurse will give you medication to reduce your pain to promote your recovery. When the nurse is satisfied with your progress, you will leave the recovery unit.