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Maria Parham Healthbeat A publication of Maria Parham Medical Center and The Daily Dispatch Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke STROKE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:  1) Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body. 2) Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding. 3) Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. 4) Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination. 5) Sudden severe headache with no known cause. If you have experienced any have had a TIA or mini-stroke. having a stroke act F.A.S.T. and of these symptoms, you may If you think someone may be perform this simple test above: July 18, 2012 Same day surgery at MPMC: What to expect WHAT IS OUTPATIENT SURGERY? Your private physician has deter mined that you need a brief and minor surgical procedure. Because you are in good health and the procedure is a minor one, your surger y will be performed on an outpatient basis. This means you will come to the Outpatient Surgical Ser vices the morning of the procedure and you will be allowed to go home that evening.   BEFORE SURGERY Before your surgery, you will need to pre-register at the Outpatient Surgical Services Registration Desk. You should pre-register no later than 48 hours prior to your surgery. To pre-register, come between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., MondayFriday. Outpatient Surgical Ser vices personnel will direct you to the laboratory, X-Ray department, and the EKG depar tment for necessar y tests.   THE DAY OF SURGERY On the morning of surger y, take a good soapy bath and wash your hair. Do not apply body cream, make-up, hair spray, perfume or nail polish. You may wish to bring a book or magazine to read (If there is to be any change in surgery time, you will be promptly notified). You should report to the Outpatient Surgical Ser vices Registration Desk at least one hour before the time designated by your physician for your surgery. Remember to bring along your insurance information as well as the copy of your outpatient pre-registration form. Once paper work is completed, an identification band will be attached to your wrist. When it is time for your surgical procedure, the operating room team will come and escort you to the operating room suite. Visitors and family members will wait in the Surgical Services Lobby, located on the lower level of the new tower, during the patient’s surgery. Children or the infirm: One visitor will be allowed during the SEE SURGERY/PAGE 2

Daily Dispatch: Special Section: MPMC: Healthbeat: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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