Outpatient Surgery

At St. Vincent, you'll get convenient, personal and professional outpatient surgical care. Outpatient surgery provides you with a less disruptive healthcare experience that also gets you home faster and reduces medical costs.

Procedures We Perform

Outpatient surgical procedures performed by our highly skilled surgeons include:

• Colonoscopy
• Interventional pain management (epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, pain pumps and neurostimulators)
• Orthopedic procedures
• Ear, nose and throat procedures
• Plastic surgery
• Gynecological procedures
• Ophthalmological procedures
• Urological procedures
• Dental procedures requiring anesthesia

Outpatient Surgery Designed for Children

St. Mary’s takes extra care to keep children calm and comfortable. You can stay with your child right up to the time of surgery and again during recovery. Feel free to bring a favorite stuffed animal or blanket and schedule a preoperative tour for added reassurance.

Important Information for Patients

If you or a family member will be having an outpatient surgical procedure, you’ll find useful information here to help you be prepared.

Preparing for Outpatient Surgery

  • If your physician didn't make an appointment for you at the Pre-Procedure Clinic, please call 812.485.6020 (option 2) to schedule an appointment.
  • A St. Vincent outpatient surgery nurse will call you before your surgery to ask about your medical and surgical histories, current medications, allergies and other pertinent information related to your procedure.
  • Please remember to tell your physician if you have a latex allergy.
  • An adult must accompany you to your surgery and remain with you until you are ready to go home.
  • Please notify your doctor if your condition changes before surgery. Reasons to call include catching a cold, flu, dental work, draining wounds or any other change in health, including elevated temperature.
  • Bring all insurance information, including your insurance cards and forms, and a photo ID with you on the day of your surgery.
  • Be sure to arrive at least one hour before the scheduled surgery. This allows time for routine preoperative preparations. Some surgeons require you to arrive one and a half to two hours before the surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave all jewelry and valuables at home. We will provide storage for your clothing.
  • Do not wear any makeup or nail polish.
  • You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water.
  • You should take a shower or bath the day of surgery or the evening before.

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your scheduled procedure unless otherwise directed by your physician.

Medication Instructions

Call the location where your outpatient surgery is scheduled and ask to speak to a pre-op nurse if you are unsure about taking your medications before the surgery.

Maintenance Medications

  • You may take your daily maintenance medications for heart, respiratory, anxiety or blood pressure problems at their regular scheduled times with a sip of water.
  • Exceptions include ACE inhibitors and receptor blockers.

If You Have Diabetes

  • Do not take your diabetes medications the day of surgery if you’ve been instructed not to eat.
  • We will check your blood sugar upon admission.
  • If you are insulin-dependent, bring your insulin with you.


  • Bring your respiratory inhaler with you.
  • You may use your inhaler prior to the procedure as you would normally.

Blood Thinners

  • Sometimes we will need to do a lab test for blood clotting times two hours before your procedure.
  • Please call your physician for instructions on how to discontinue the following blood thinners before your surgery:

o Coumadin
o Plavix
o Heparin
o Aspirin
o Ibuprofen
o Excedrin
o Arthritis and/or anti-inflammatory medications

  • If you are an interventional pain management patient and are currently on anticoagulant therapy, you must have clearance from the physician who prescribes that therapy to discontinue your medicines for five days before your procedure.


Your anesthesiologist will discuss the risks and benefits associated with different anesthetic options.

You may need general anesthesia if it is not possible to keep you comfortable with blocked or local anesthesia. Your anesthesia provider will be with you and monitor you during the entire length of your procedure.

After Surgery

  • Anesthesia and medications will slow your reflexes and may make you feel drowsy. You should arrange for a ride home. We may have to cancel your procedure if you cannot find a ride home.
  • Do not use public transportation (buses, taxis, etc).
  • We will talk with you and give you written instructions for your care at home.
  • A friend or relative should stay with you throughout the night after your surgery for your safety.
  • A nurse will call you one or two days after the surgery to check on your progress and answer any questions you may have.

Financial Arrangements

  • If you have questions about billing or your account, please contact our Financial Services office at 812.485.4393.
  • Someone from our business office may contact you before your surgery regarding financial arrangements. We will gladly process your insurance benefits for you. However, you are responsible for paying any unmet deductible and/or co-insurance on the day of or before your surgery.
  • You can expect to receive a separate bill for the facility, your surgeon and the anesthesiologist. Charges for laboratory studies (other than routine) and any pathology studies may be incurred and billed separately as well.
  • Our payment methods include: cash, personal checks, cashier's check, MasterCard and Visa.

Visitation Policy

  • Due to space limitations and patient comfort, we suggest that no more than two people accompany you to your outpatient surgery.
  • Visitation for overnight patients ends at 8 p.m.
  • An adult should remain with a pediatric patient at all times until discharge.
  • We prefer that no children under 13 years old be in patient areas.
  • One person may stay overnight with an observation patient.
  • All St. Vincent campuses are smoke-free. Consistent with our commitment to the prevention and treatment of disease, we feel a responsibility to provide clean air for patients and employees and serve as a role model for a healthier community. We appreciate your cooperation in refraining from smoking and ask that you inform your visitors of this policy.


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