If your condition requires outpatient surgery, chances are it can be performed close to home in one of the Cleveland Clinic Ambulatory/Outpatient Surgery Centers located in Beachwood, Lorain, Elyria, Strongsville and, our newest location, Twinsburg. The Avon Family Health and Surgery, opening in late 2011 will also have an outpatient surgery center scheduled to open in 2012.
The outpatient surgery centers operate in conjunction with our family health centers and allow you to have surgery, spend a short amount of time recovering at the center, then return home—where you are most comfortable—to complete your recovery, as well as continuing your care at your local family health center.
Cleveland Clinic physicians practice at many convenient community locations, including the Richard E. Jacobs, Beachwood, Lorain, Elyria, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Strongsville, Twinsburg and Wooster Family Health and Surgery centers. The family health centers offer primary care, such as general internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics, for your family's ongoing health needs, as well as many specialty services.
Surgical consultation and treatment are offered at our family health centers in the following specialties:
- ear, nose and throat/audiology
- medical oncology
- orthopaedics and sports health
- pain management
- plastic surgery
- vascular surgery
Other onsite services included at our family health centers are computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography and breast health services, and a full-service pharmacy.
Our surgery centers and family health centers are fully accredited and backed by the resources of Cleveland Clinic.
About Your Surgery
Eating and Drinking
Eat a light dinner the evening before your surgery. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Do not smoke, eat or drink anything (including water) after midnight on the day your surgery is scheduled. There are special eating/ diet instructions for endoscopy and colonoscopy patients. Please follow the instructions that were given to you by your physician at the family health center.
It is strongly encouraged that you stop smoking. This will reduce your risk of respiratory and anesthesia complications after your operation. You may want to speak with your primary care physician at the family health center about smoking cessation programs and ask your physician for the Smoking Cessation Booklet.
Drinking alcohol can greatly affect the outcome of your surgery.
If you are staying overnight, please bring your mediations with you to the family health center or surgery facility. Bring with you a list of all prescribed and over-the-counter medications you take, including dosage and strength. Check with your surgeon or anesthesiologist about which medications to take on your day of surgery.
If you are advised to take your medication, swallow only the smallest amount of water and inform the anesthesiologist or the nurse on the day of surgery.
If You Take Coumadin
If your surgeon tells you to stop taking Coumadin before surgery, you must contact the doctor who monitors your Coumadin and get approval before you stop taking any doses.
Patients with Diabetes
On the morning of surgery, do not take your insulin or diabetic pill but bring it with you to the family health center. If your arrival time is after 9 a.m. or you are not feeling well, immediately notify the check-in personnel that you are an insulin dependent diabetic. Also, if you take insulin and need to take a bowel prep the day before surgery, check with your medical doctor about insulin doses.
Patients with Asthma
Bring your inhalers with you to the hospital. If needed, you may use your inhaler as directed by your family health center physician.
Nail polish, nail tips, wraps, gels, etc.
All nail polish should be removed before your arrival for surgery. We understand that tips, wraps, gels, etc., are expensive; however, we ask these products be removed from at least one finger on each hand (preferably the index or middle finger). This will be used to accurately monitor your oxygen level during surgery.
You will be most comfortable in loose-fitting, easily folded clothing and low-heeled shoes. For your convenience, lockers are available.
Your family will be responsible for your valuables. Jewelry (including body piercings), money and credit cards should be left at home.
Patients who rely on hearing aids should wear them to the hospital on the day of surgery so that you can hear and understand everything we need to communicate with you.
You will be asked to remove all non-permanent dental work before your surgery. Please bring a denture cup with you to the surgery center.
Wear glasses when possible. If contact lenses must be worn, bring your lens case and solution. If glasses are worn, bring a case for them.
Wear your hair loose, avoiding the use of clips, or pins and bands that bind hair. Do not use hair spray. A head cover will be provided on the way to the operating room to contain hair.
Wigs and hairpieces
Before going to surgery, patients are asked to remove wigs and hairpieces and are given a head cover to wear.
Makeup and perfume
Makeup and perfume should not be worn the day of surgery.
Creams, lotions, deodorants
Creams and lotions should not be worn on the day of surgery. A light application of deodorant is permissible.
In Case of Illness
If you develop a cold, persistent cough, sore throat, fever or any other illness within two days of surgery, your surgeon needs to be notified. Call your surgeon’s office.
At our family health centers we have treated thousands of patients. Here are a few of their stories. If you are looking for Cuyahoga County family medicine, or family medicine in Cleveland, contact us today.
"Whenever my husband and I have any tests done, we receive the results right away -- usually within two days. The doctors and nurses are very kind and take a personal interest in us. All of our doctors are with the Cleveland Clinic -- and we are very happy."
- Marion K.
"Peter needed corrective surgery for strabismus (crossed eyes). We had to cancel his operation twice because he had ear infections -- and when we were told he needed ear tubes as well, the surgery center staff moved heaven and earth to get the surgeries done at the same time, so he wouldn't have to go through an operation twice. We noticed improvements that same day. Peter doesn't hunt around for his toys anymore, he goes right to them. And his speech has just taken off.
"We adopted Peter when he was 5 months old, from Russia. Everyone says how lucky he is. But we're the lucky ones."
- Sharon and Gary V.
"Having this cyst removed was my first surgery ever, and I was really nervous. But from the time I put on my gown until the time I left, everybody was so nice, really putting me at ease. They kept asking me if I was okay, did I need anything, and they called the day after I got home to make sure I was doing all right. We were so pleased that my wife baked two platters of cookies and as soon as I was able to drive, I brought them over."
- Robert P.
"Nicholas' adenoids were so large that he would stop breathing in the middle of the night. They needed to be removed right away and his surgery went just wonderfully. He went to sleep without crying and woke up without crying. The staff made a game out of it for him. And when we got home, Nicholas took a nap and then went out and rode his bike for the rest of the afternoon."
- Pam K.
"My father had quadruple bypass surgery in 1976 and from way back then, I've been in love with the Cleveland Clinic. Everyone made me so comfortable from the moment I walked into the Lorain Surgery Center. No matter what, I had every confidence in the world that the Cleveland Clinic team would pull me through."
- Sally R.
"I had two previous back surgeries. Then, my third was at the Cleveland Clinic Lorain Surgery Center; and right after the surgery, I felt just great. Now, I'm able to do anything. I even went skiing this winter for the first time in five years."
- Patterson K.
These stories are just some of the success stories experienced at our Family Health Centers. If you are looking for Cuyahoga County Family Medicine, or medicine in the Cleveland area, visit or call one of our centers today.