The UF Health Florida Surgical Center is an outpatient, ambulatory surgical center that provides services to a diverse group of patient from all age groups.
University of Florida physicians and Shands HealthCare staff members are committed to providing quality medical care in a fully equipped setting. You will find that our skilled staff offers excellent physical and emotional support to our patients and families at every point in their stay - before, during and after surgery.
Our goal is to offer you a safe, convenient, comfortable and less costly alternative to the traditional stay.
UF Health Florida Surgical Center is part of Shands HealthCare, an integrated clinical delivery system offering the most comprehensive range of services in north central Florida.
Before Surgery Information
To ensure the safest surgical experience possible we require that all patients undergo a pre-operative evaluation. This evaluation can be completed at the Shands Florida Surgical Center on a day before your surgery or several hours prior to your scheduled surgical time.
This work-up may include lab tests and an EKG. If you have had lab tests within the past four weeks or an EKG in the last six months, you can bring a copy of the results and it may not be necessary to repeat the test.
Also, you will be seen by an anesthesiologist. Your surgeon's office staff will schedule a time for your pre-operative evaluation at UF Health Florida Surgical Center. This process will take approximately one and one-half hours. Additional time may be required depending on the number of tests needed.
You will be asked to call UF Health Florida Surgical Center the business day prior to your surgery to be notified of your scheduled time of arrival on the day of surgery. You will need to call us between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to receive this information. (If you call after hours, the Shands Message Center will not be able to give you your arrival time.) Based on information provided by your surgeon's office, our financial staff will attempt to contact you prior to your preoperativevisit to make financial arrangements. We will prepare an estimate of your charges and request that you pay for any applicable co-payments or deductibles prior to your surgery. Please bring your insurance cards, picture ID, claim forms and any papers your physician may have instructed you to bring.
Your surgeon will give you instructions to follow prior to your surgery. The following list contains additional instructions that are important which you should be familiar.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to surgery unless your surgeon instructs you otherwise. If your surgery is scheduled after 1:00 pm, consult a nurse at the Center for specific instructions.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol after midnight prior to your surgery.
- You must have someone available to drive you home and care for you after your surgery is completed. Your surgery will be cancelled if you arrive on the day of your surgery without arrangements for someone to drive you home.
- A parent or legal guardian of minor patients must stay in the facility during the entire surgical procedure.
- Take all of your regularly scheduled medicines the day of surgery except medications for diabetes. Please discuss any medications with your doctor or a physician at UF Health Florida Surgical Center.
- Notify your doctor if you develop any signs of illness such as a cold or a fever before the date of your surgical procedure.
- Leave all jewelry and other valuables at home.
- If you wear contacts or glasses, bring a case to put them in.
- Remove nail polish and makeup prior to arriving at UF Health Florida Surgical Center.
- Bring comfortable, loose fitting clothes to wear home. If you are having hand, arm, foot or leg surgery you may have a large dressing after surgery and clothing should fit loosely over it. A gown will be provided for use while you are at the Center.
- If your surgical procedure will require the use of a sling or crutches afterwards and you already have these items, you are encouraged to bring them with you.
- If you are traveling out of the immediate area to go home, bring a pillow and a blanket to make your ride more comfortable.
- If you need special help because of a disability, please call 352.265.8990.
After Surgery Information
Below are some guidelines to supplement the instructions that you will receive from your surgeon. Your surgeon will authorize your discharge from UF Health Florida Surgical Center.
- Follow your surgeon's instructions regarding diet, rest and medications.
- We recommend that you not drive, make important decisions, or sign any important papers for at least 24 hours following a surgical procedure.
- In the event of any difficulty, you should call your physician's office.
- One of our nursing staff members will call you at home within 72 hours following surgery to check on your progress.
Conditions & Services
- Cutting-edge regional anesthesia for orthopaedic surgries
- Ear, nose and throat
- General orthopaedics
- General surgery
- Pediatric orthopaedics
- Sports orthopaedics
- State-of-the-art image guided techniques
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Florida Surgical Center, please contact 352-733-8800.
Pay your bill
If you have questions or wish to pay in person, please consult our billing section.
Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.
Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.
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