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Your Surgery

The staff of the Wausau Surgery Center is pleased that you and your physician have selected our facility for your surgery or procedure. You are a valued guest. It is our goal to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible.

As we want all aspects of your surgery to go as smoothly as possible, please use this section for instructions on how to prepare for and for what to expect after surgery.

Before My Surgery

To expedite your check-in process please bring the following items:Don't forget your insurance card or driver's license

  • Driver's License or other Photo ID
  • Insurance Card

A Pre-operative Nurse will call you prior to your surgery to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process.

If you have not received a phone call by the day prior to surgery, please call us at 715-842-4490 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

A scheduler will call you the day before your surgery, if your arrival time has changed, please check your messages.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancelations.

Food and Drink
You will be instructed by the Pre-operative Nurse by phone regarding your fasting requirements. If you have any questions regarding your restrictions please call a Pre-operative Nurse at 715-842-4490.
No smoking or Tobacco products 24 hours before your surgery or procedure.
Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.
Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.
Please leave all valuables at home.
Please have a responsible adult with you the day of surgery to listen to your discharge instructions and to drive you home. We do recommend that you have somebody with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.

Notify the Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, or certain herbal medicines. You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery. You can discuss this with your surgeon.

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Items To Bring: Contact lens/glass case, hearing aid case, list of current medications and allergies.
    • For Children: Extra change of clothing, favorite blanket or toy, pacifier, sippy cup/bottle (for after surgery)
  • Information To Bring: Photo ID, Insurance cards, Worker's compensation information (contact numbers and addresses).
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required. Please contact a Pre-operative Nurse as soon as possible.

Day of Surgery

What you need to know for the Day of Surgery:

Check-In: When you arrive at our center we ask that you check-in at the registration desk to complete required paperwork. Please have your photo ID and insurance information available.

Following Admission: After checking in at our center, you will be brought to the pre-operative area where the nurse will prepare you for surgery. A family member/friend will be able to wait in the pre-operative area with you up until the time of surgery. You will meet the anesthesiologist to discuss your anesthesia and answer any questions. At the appropriate time you wil be taken in to your operating room suite. Your family member/friend will be asked to wait in the lobby area until they are able to rejoin you in the recovery area. The surgeon may speak with your family member/friend upon completion of your procedure.

After Surgery

Once you are in stable condition, you will be discharged. Most patients are discharged one hour after surgery. It is normal to experience sleepiness and dizziness for 12 to 24 hours after surgery. A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.

Post Care

You will receive verbal and written post-surgical care instructions (please follow these instructions). Your escort must be available to discuss and sign these instructions before you will be allowed to go home. If you experience anything unusual after your surgery, please call your surgeon or go to the nearest emergency room.

A nurse from our center will attempt to reach you within the next 48 hours to check on your recovery.


Do Not Plan to Drive yourself home or use public transportation after your procedure. A friend or relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.

Overnight Care

Recovery Care Unit

Our special Recovery Care Unit is available for “Pre-approved” procedures requiring a 23 hour stay, You’ll appreciate the professional and personal care from our highly trained team.

What to Bring:

  • Contact lens case
  • Other personal care items
  • Routine medication in clearly labeled containers


Let us know if you have special dietary needs.


After hours visitors are welcome. Access to the building is limited to the east side entrance. One adult family member may stay overnight with you. The after hours phone number is 715-842-4490.


Anesthesia may be provided by a combination of board certified physicians and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA).

The physicians included in this group are:

  • Jonathan Bayba, M.D.
  • Zaven Boornazian, M.D.
  • Jeffrey Crispell, M.D
  • Michael Hodek, M.D.
  • Thomas Hogan, M.D.
  • William Holm, M.D.
  • Debra Markwardt, M.D.
  • William Mason, M.D.
  • Robert McGucken, M.D.
  • Timothy Moran, M.D.
  • Jeffrey Palarski, M.D.
  • Mikko Zuchner, M.D.

The types of anesthesia provided range from sedation, regional, and general anesthesia.

Children and Special Needs Adults

Special Care For Children

We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting.

Please refer to the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery for further tips, as well as the guidelines on this page for children. Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.


Children should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night prior to surgery. This includes NO water. Please do not allow them to chew gum, suck on candy or swallow toothpaste before surgery.

Parental Care

We require at least one parent to remain in the center during the surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along. If your child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, you may want to bring a lunch for yourself while you are waiting.

Personal Comforts

Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security.

After Surgery

You can rejoin your child as soon as he/she is awake and medically stable.

Special Care for Special Needs Adults

We understand that loved ones who depend upon others for daily living require special attention. Besides the guidelines in the Before My Surgery and Day of Surgery, the following tips, will help make care for these adults easier:


The legal guardian needs to sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia on or before the day of surgery.

For Admission

Please bring the patient’s recent health history and medication information. Be certain to follow the food and drink rules in the Before My Surgery section.

Personal Attendant

As with other patients, special needs patients require a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult to remain at the center from admission through recovery. A personal attendant will be required to stay with the patient for 24 hours after discharge.


We do not require a visit to our center prior to your day of surgery.

Some families may elect to bring their children for a preoperative tour. If you wish to do so, please contact our Pre-operative Nurses for appointment information.

Some patients may choose to come to the Center before their surgery date to make payments.

Please notify the surgeon and the Wausau Surgery Center at 715-842-4490 as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients.

Please wear comfortable clothing. Button-down shirts or blouses are best. Wear comfortable shoes. Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry. If you wear contact lenses, you will probably have to remove them for the surgery, so consider bringing your glasses. If you have to wear your contacts, please bring contact solution and contacts case. Please do not wear any make-up as this can hide certain clinical signs. Please remove all body piercings.

You refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents during your surgery. This complication is very serious and you need to strictly abide by our recommendations. This has nothing to do with nausea and vomiting after your surgery as some think.

We have very clear policies as to specific times before surgery when you must refrain from eating and/or drinking. These are all based on safety standards.

We generally request that you take your medication before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. You will be contacted before your surgery regarding medications that you should take or follow the recommendations given by your family doctor. Please bring a list of your medications and allergies.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.

People using insulin should also bring this medication with them to the surgery center.

Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. You should bring these medications with you the day of surgery. Please call us with any questions you may have.

If you use a C-PAP machine while sleeping we also ask that you bring this along as it may be used in the recovery room.

Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person will be allowed to be with you before surgery and may sit with you after the surgery if you so choose.

When a patient is a child often two parents and/or guardians will accompany him or her to the Center. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, however, one parent and/or guardian will be permitted into the recovery room at a time.

Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.

We will individualize each patient's care.

Yes. We call each patient before the surgery to gather information and hopefully answer any of your questions. Preoperative instructions will be given by the nurse who calls you. You can also call the Center directly with any questions.

Yes. You can comfortably take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, etc. Please do not use make up, hair spray, nail polish or toiletries. These may interfere with the anesthesia monitoring and possibly hide clinical signs from the anesthesiologist.

If you are not feeling well, please contact your surgeon immediately. During normal business hours, you can also call the Center for advice. There are some surgeries which are safer if delayed when you are sick. We need to know specific details to make the decision. Please do not delay in contacting your surgeon or the Center.

This will not affect your surgery.

It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. If you are of child bearing age (12-55) you will be asked to provide a urine sample preoperatively. Only essential surgery is done on pregnant patients. If there is any doubt please contact us immediately.

Any patient receiving anesthesia and taking pain medication should not drive until the next day. A patient receiving sedation for a procedure needs a ride home. The few patients who have procedures performed under local anesthesia alone could possibly drive home if pre-approved by your surgeon.

We would strongly recommend that all patients have a ride home and will be accompanied by a responsible adult when they are at home. Patients will not be allowed to drive, walk or take public transportation after sedation or anesthesia. Please make the appropriate arrangements.

All patients will be seen by the anesthesiologist on the day of surgery prior to entering the operating room. Sufficient time will be allowed to answer any questions you may have. If you need to speak to the anesthesiologist before the day of surgery, you are welcome to call the Center and we will arrange for you speak with an anesthesiologist. We can also arrange a preoperative interview if you desire.

We will make every effort to accommodate any special need you may have. We strongly encourage you to call the Surgery Center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable. Do not hesitate to call and suggest anything that may make your day easier.

Yes. Please bring any walkers, post-op crutches, hearing aids, etc.

  • Bring case for eyeglasses, contacts or hearing aid case
  • Bring insurance identification cards, driver's license, completed billing forms, copayments
  • Bring a list of medications and allergies
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home
  • Bring a favorite bottle or "sippy cup," pacifier, blanket or toy for your child
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home

The management of your pain is of great importance to us. We will be assessing your level of pain from the time of admission until you receive our postoperative call at home. We will inform and prepare you for each step of the process. This education will begin with our first contact. You will be repeatedly asked to rate your pain from a numerical scale called the Visual Analog Pain Scale, or for children, the Faces Pain Scale. Using the results of our communication we will alter the therapy as needed in order to assure your comfort.

The management of your pain will be taken very seriously. We will often use a combination of different modalities to help make you comfortable, choosing from oral medications, intravenous medications, nerve blocks, injection of local anesthetic during the surgery, etc. and prior to the surgery, the management of your pain should be discussed with both your anesthesiologist and surgeon. Please feel free to bring up any concerns or fears you may have. Remember that information on pain management gives you the appropriate expectations and hence a smoother, more comfortable recovery.