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    Southern New Mexico
    Surgery Center

    2301 Indian Wells Rd. Suite B
    Alamogordo, NM 88310
    www.snmsc.org

    Phone: 575.437.0890
    Fax: 575.437.0905
    Email: pbridges@snmsc.com

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    Our Services

    Southern New Mexico Surgery Center is a multi-specialty center, providing excellent care to all of our patients. Click here to learn more about the various programs.

    Patient and Visitor Info

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    Surgery Preparations

    Checklist | Scheduling | Before the surgery | Anesthesia

    General Information on Processes

    • The first contact that you receive from Southern New Mexico Surgery Center will be from the Business Office to coordinate and review your insurance, demographics, and answer all your questions in relation to the business component.
    • You will then be contacted by a nursing staff within two days of your scheduled procedure to review your health information, give detailed instructions on what to expect, arrival time, and the protocol to follow.
    • You do not need to arrive early. Additional workup time has been allocated in the arrival time you will be given.
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    • Before you leave home, bring directions to the surgery center and the phone number 575-437-0890 in case you need assistance locating the facility.
    • Bring your medical insurance cards/co-pays. This does not apply to workers compensation cases.
    • Bring a copy of the power of attorney if applicable.
    • If you are to arrive prior to 800am, there will be no one to greet you at the front desk. Please sign in and a nursing personnel will be with your shortly.
    • If you are scheduled to arrive in the pm, please feel free to call the facility prior to leaving your house to assure the surgeon is running on time. This is not required but may save you additional wait time prior to your procedure.
    • Remember due to HIPPA regulations we are unable to release information to any unauthorized individuals who may call or come to the facility inquiring about your care without your consent.
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    Prior to Your Scheduled Surgery

    • Complete the Patient Health Screening on One Medical Passport
    • Call your physician immediately if you notice a change in your health between the time you saw your surgeon and the day of your procedure.
    • Drink extra fluids the day before the surgery unless otherwise restricted by a medical condition.
    • You will receive specific instructions on when to stop eating and drinking when you talk to the nursing staff two days prior to your scheduled procedure
    • Educate yourself on expected post op pain. This will be discussed in detail when you are talking to the nursing staff. Keep in mind the goal is pain control not pain free.
    • Take morning cardiac/blood pressure medication with a small sip of water and any other medications instructed for you to take by your nurse or physician.
    • Bring a current list of medications that you take regularly, if not already provided.
    • Hold oral diabetic medication
    • DO NOT take insulin as ordered. The nurse will instruct you on the specific dose.
    • Hold diuretic medication.
    • Bring inhalers if asthmatic.
    • If you are taking blood thinners, confirm they have been stopped according to primary care/cardiologist instructions.
    • If instructed to obtain medical clearance by your surgeon, make sure you have seen your primary care physician prior to your surgery date.
    • Refrain from smoking or consuming alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to procedure. If you are unable to refrain from smoking please ask your nurse for alternative instructions.
    • Wear loose, comfortable clothing (i.e. post op clothing that fits over bulky dressings, slings, etc.). You may wear pajamas if you wish.
    • Take a shower prior to your procedure. Your may have a dressing that cannot be removed until your post op appointment with your surgeon. The specific instructions on dressing care will be discussed upon discharge from the facility.
    • HAVE A RESPONSIBLE ADULT ACCOMPANY YOU TO THE CENTER AND DRIVE YOU HOME FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY. YOUR SURGERY CANNOT PROCEED WITHOUT YOUR COMPANION. YOU WILL BE SEDATED FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE AND UNABLE TO DRIVE.
    • Bring containers to store your contacts, eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.
    • Bring post op equipment (i.e. crutches, braces, O2 if used at home, etc.)
    • Do not bring jewelry or other valuables, including wedding bands or body piercing.
    • Do not wear makeup, hairpins, nail polish, body powder, or contact lenses if possible.
    • For children: bring child’s favorite toys, blankets, bottles, Sippy cups, diapers.
    • Remember to bring your child’s car seat and or booster seat; We cannot discharge a child to a vehicle without proper safety devices in place.

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    News & Media

    Southern New Mexico Surgery Center is a 2012/2013 National APEX Quality Award Winner.
    This distinction recognizes outstanding healthcare organizations that demonstrate the highest levels of excellence in patient satisfaction throughout the United States in markets served by CTQ.