OFFICE SURGERY CENTER
Welcome to Dr. Zoran Potparic’s in-office AAAA-certified plastic surgery center in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Potparic, one of the leading board-certified plastic surgeons in Florida, serves patients from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and the Palm Beaches. In addition to surgical procedures, we perform a large variety of services including fillers and fat grafts, Botox® and Botox-like agents, and chemical peels.
For more information or to set up a consultation, call Dr. Zoran Potparic in Fort Lauderdale at (954) 779-2777 or contact us online.
Our state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center provides an enhanced patient-focused experience with the best of both worlds: an experienced surgical team combined with the state-of-the-art surgical technology. Office-based surgical suite provides safety, convenience, comfort, and discretion.
This surgery center is AAAA-accredited by the National Accreditation Association and is State of Florida certified, which means it has all the necessary support and staff available in hospitals or surgery and hospital-based surgery centers.
- State-of-the-art outpatient surgery suite
- Pre-operative and post-operative recovery care
As a patient of our ambulatory surgical center, you should observe some of the same precautions and preparations that all hospital patients undergo. This includes routine blood tests and a thorough medical history, which helps us make certain that you will not have any adverse reaction to anesthesia or surgery. We will usually have you avoid eating and drinking before the procedure, likely stopping at midnight of the surgery date. We ask that you have an adult friend or family member drive you home after surgery. We also ask that you have this friend or relative come with you to the center to receive instructions and to spend a night after surgery with you.
ADVANTAGES OF AN AAAA-CERTIFIED SURGERY CENTER
Many surgeons and many patients tend to prefer ambulatory surgery centers for outpatient procedures for a number of reasons:
- Safer option: The center is safer as to a hospital surgery and is extremely designed for comfort and convenience. The finely tuned level of care provided in the relaxed, already known surroundings makes your experience safer and less stressful.
- Convenience: There is much less administrative paperwork and “red tape” at a AAAA office surgical center compared to the admissions process at most hospitals. Patients also like the fact that they can leave a surgery center relatively quickly after their surgery, which translates into less time lost from work for your convenience.
- Presence of family and friends: Whereas most hospitals keep patients recovering from a surgical procedure in separate rooms, in our surgery center, the patient can usually spend the recovery period after surgery with their loved ones.
- Control over procedures and standards: Dr. Potparic prefers working in the ASC as he can set the standards for staffing, safety, postoperative care, etc., rather than having these decided for him by a hospital administrator.
- Cost: In numerous cases, the outpatient procedure performed in an ASC costs between one-half to one-third as much as the same procedure done in the hospital.
The staff of our surgery center wants to thank you for choosing our facility. We are dedicated to ensuring that your visit is as comfortable and pleasant as possible by utilizing the highest quality of care in a warm, personalized setting.
What should you do the day BEFORE surgery?
What should you do the day BEFORE surgery?
Schedule someone to drive you home and someone to stay with you overnight: a significant other, friend, or family member for the first 24-hour period after surgery. Have prepared meals ready for you for the first couple of days. You may not be up to cooking right away.
Medication requirements and instructions will be provided to you during your pre-operative visit. Please provide a list of all medications you are currently taking. If you have a list already prepared, please bring that with you. Bring your medications with you the morning of the surgery.
There are limitations when it comes to eating and drinking. The doctor’s staff will provide instructions for the limitations particular to your procedure. It’s very important that you follow the instructions. Your surgery may be cancelled if you do not follow the required food and drink limitations in order to avoid serious complications.
What should you EXPECT before your surgery?
The patient coordinator will discuss with you the pre-operative directives, tests, prescriptions, and financial matters prior to your pre-operative evaluation by Dr. Potparic. During this time, Dr. Potparic will go over the surgical plan again and draw pre-operative markings and take pre-operative photos.
We will update your family and friends on your progress. Understanding the concern of your family and friends while you are undergoing your procedure, every effort will be made to keep them informed of your progress, and we’ll try to let them know when they can rejoin you after the procedure.
We’ll keep things moving. We know time is a precious commodity for all of us. We want to make sure that we are not wasting time and, as such, scrutinize our performance and processes to make sure that we do not waste your valuable time.
DAY OF SURGERY
Our staff has been trained to provide a caring environment because we understand how frightening surgery can seem for you and your family.
Arrive at your scheduled time. This allows us the time that is necessary for your preparation and helps us keep things moving, which prevents delays.
Wear something comfortable, something that can be easily removed and put back on with little effort. Try to wear a button-down or zip-up type of shirt. Do not wear nail polish or cosmetics, and do not wear contacts. Please mention if for some reason your contacts must be worn.
Please do NOT wear or bring anything of value.
We provide a safe environment, but there’s always a chance of loss.
Do not smoke!
Smoking can interfere with the anesthetic, recovery, and healing of your procedure and frequently produces nausea during the recovery period.
Do not drink two days before surgery! Consumption of alcohol within 48 hours before surgery may increase intraoperative bleeding.
Notify your physician if you think you may be pregnant.
Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to your developing baby.
Do not schedule surgery during your menstrual cycle, as it increases bleeding during surgery and blood loss and may cause complications to surgery.
What can you expect the day of your surgery?
Upon your arrival, the patient care coordinator will go through the admission process with you, which is relatively quick since we will have most of your information from your medical record.
Our pre-operative nurse will accompany you into the pre-operative area and have you change your clothes and store your belongings securely until you are ready to go home. Then we will escort you to the stretcher where we will prepare you for surgery and begin your pre-operative procedures. The nurse will conduct a pre-operative evaluation, taking your vital signs. An IV will be administered for your procedure.
The anesthesiologist will speak with you prior to your procedure, explaining your anesthesia options and what to expect. He will answer any questions you may have and go over pre-operative information that the nurse has collected.
We realize that you may be just as anxious about your recovery as you are about your surgery. Below are some answers to some questions you may have, as well as some of the things you may experience post-surgery.
After your surgery is completed, you will be monitored in the recovery room by the RN. During this time, the doctor will check on your progress.
The doctor will inform your family and/or friends of your status and the outcome of the procedure.
Once you’re comfortable in the recovery room, someone from our staff will get you dressed and escort your family in to sit with you. Expect to be sleepy and drowsy, but we realize that having someone you know sit with you might make you feel more relaxed.
Your caretaker will be given post-operative instructions before you leave. The nurse will go over medications with them since you may still be sleepy when it is time for you to go home. In the event of any difficulty, call the doctor.
What can you do AFTER your surgery?
The nurse/doctor will give you post-operative instructions. It is important that you follow these instructions.
Keep a low-sodium diet, drink a lot of fluids, and no exercise until instructed otherwise.
These instructions will help you in your recovery, and we encourage you to follow them exactly as they were given to you.
No alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours.
Do not drink after surgery, and especially if you’re taking pain medications.
You’re more than likely going to feel drowsy after anesthesia; this is normal. We suggest you avoid driving, operating equipment, or signing important documents for at least 24 hours after the surgery.
The patient care coordinator and doctor will call you after your surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know immediately.
Call your physician or local hospital in case of a medical emergency.
If you have any questions or comments, please call us at (954) 779-2777 or contact us online.