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 the NovaMed of Chicago Northshore at 773-973-7432.

Learn what to expect before, during and after your surgery:

Preparing for Your Surgery

  • You will receive pre-op instructions regarding medication, food and drink from your doctor's office at the time your surgery is scheduled.
  • Please carefully follow the fasting instructions you received from our facility. Failure to do so could result in the cancellation of your surgery.
  • DO NOT consume any alcohol 24 hours before your surgery as this will interfere with anesthesia and may cause bleeding problems.
  • All oral medications should be taken on the day of the surgery with a small sip of water unless instructed otherwise by your physician or a member of our staff.
  • If you have diabetes controlled by oral medication or insulin, please discuss this with the doctor's office at the time you schedule your surgery.
  • Refrain from using powders, lotions or any kind of cosmetics on the face, eyes, chest and arms.
  • If you develop a fever, cough or other medical problem, please contact your physician.
  • DUE TO SEDATION AND IMPAIRED VISION, YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE A RIDE TO AND FROM THE SURGERY CENTER.


If you are unable to keep your appointment or are delayed, please contact us at 773-973-7432.

The Day of Surgery

  • Please wear a shirt or top that buttons down the front and has loose fitting sleeves and cuffs.
  • On admission, you will be escorted to our pre-op area where a registered nurse will review your current health status, including medication you may be currently taking.
  • If wearing a buttoned or zippered shirt or top, the majority of our patients do not need to remove any clothing. Eye drops prescribed by your surgeon will be given and a small IV will be started to administer sedation medication.
  • There will be equipment used to monitor your heart (EKG), blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and pulse at all times. Blood sugar levels will also be monitored if ordered by your physician.
  • You will be taken to the operating room for your surgery. The anesthetist and nurses will make sure you are comfortable during your surgery.
  • Following surgery and a short recovery period, you will be taken to our discharge area. You will be given a snack and instructions from your surgeon for care of the eye after your surgery.

After Your Surgery

  • You will receive instructions for the care of the eye following your surgery.
  • DO NOT consume any alcohol for 24 hours following your surgery.
  • If you develop any problems following your surgery, please contact the surgery center at 773-973-7432.



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