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Front Range Orthopedic & Spine Surgery Center

We are proud to provide our valued patients and communities with a beautiful, state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center for orthopedic surgeries located in Longmont that is licensed by the state of Colorado, Medicare certified and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. We accept most insurance plans.

Our facility is designed with orthopedic patients in mind. We use state-of-the-art technology and employ a highly experienced and specialized nursing staff along with a team of elite orthopedic surgeons and anesthesiologists who are board-certified.

Please read the following information to prepare for your upcoming surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What to Expect

You are scheduled to have surgery at the Longmont Surgery Center. We believe that patients who are informed about their procedure and have been prepared preoperatively can expect the best results. Following is information pertinent to your visit.

Prior to your surgery, your doctor will evaluate your health status. A medical history, physical examination, and any diagnostic tests will be performed. Your doctor will explain the planned surgical procedure and the potential risks and complications that may occur. You will be asked to sign a consent form authorizing your doctor to perform the procedure and verify that you understand what will occur. In addition, a nurse from the surgery center will contact you to review your health history and go over pre-operative instructions.

On the day of your surgery, you will be expected to arrive on time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes later than the requested time your surgery may be canceled. When you arrive at the surgery center you will complete any necessary forms for admission. You will then be taken to the preoperative area. While in the pre-op area an intravenous catheter will be inserted in order to deliver IV medications. A nurse will collect pertinent medical information and verify the surgery site. A shave and scrub prep may also be done around the incision site. One adult may wait with you after you are prepped for surgery.

An anesthesiologist will discuss with you and your surgeon the form of anesthesia to best use for your procedure. On the day of surgery the anesthesiologist will perform a pre-anesthetic assessment and further discuss your anesthetic options. The types of anesthesia are:

General Anesthesia – This type of anesthesia involves breathing anesthetic agents. The anesthesiologist will assist your breathing while you are under general anesthesia. During the procedure, you will not be aware of your surroundings or feel any pain.

Regional Anesthesia – This type of anesthesia involves blocking a nerve in the area of your surgery. You will be awake and able to breath on your own. You may also receive medication to sedate you to insure your comfort.

Local Anesthesia – This type of anesthesia involves injecting the area around your surgery site with local anesthetic, similar to what a dentist may use. Sedation may also be given with this type of anesthetic by an anesthesiologist or a registered nurse.

After your procedure, you will be transferred to the recovery area where you will be monitored by the nursing staff. Recovery may be a two-phase process. Once you are in the second phase a family member will be allowed to sit with you.

Once you meet certain discharge criterion, which determines your recovery from the anesthetic, you will be prepared to leave the facility. It is required that you have a ride with a responsible adult (18 years of age or older) who will escort you and who will participate with your post-operative care upon discharge. You may require a caregiver to stay with you the first surgical night. This should be discussed with your surgeon and the pre-operative nurse in advance of the surgery date.

A nurse will discuss with you your discharge orders and give you instructions for your home care. You will also be given a written copy of these instructions to take with you.

We want you to have the best outpatient surgical experience possible. You can expect a follow up phone call following your procedure in order for us to inquire about your recovery process and satisfaction with your visit. We would greatly appreciate your feedback so that we may continue to improve and provide quality patient care. You will be given a satisfaction survey during your post-operative visit. Please fill it out and return it to the clinic staff.

If you have any questions regarding information found here, please feel free to call us.

Pre-op Instructions
  • Notify your surgeon if you develop symptoms of a cold, fever, or other illness as it may be necessary to postpone
    your surgery.
  • DO NOT EAT ANYTHING (including chewing gum or chewing tobacco) after midnight the night before surgery unless you have been otherwise instructed. This is extremely important and noncompliance could result in a postponement of your surgery. You may have water until 4 hours before your arrival. You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery but please spit everything out.
  • If you have received pre-operative prescriptions, have them filled before your surgery day and bring them with you.
  • Notify your physician of any medications you are taking. The doctor will advise you whether or not to take the medication the morning of surgery. If you are advised to take your medications the morning of surgery, do this with a small amount of water. Patients who are using medical cannabis by prescription may continue to use as directed
    but it is requested that they stop usage at midnight prior to surgery. Patients who are using recreational cannabis need to stop 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Stop taking all over-the-counter supplements five (5) days before surgery, unless you have been instructed otherwise by your surgeon or the pre-operative nurse. If you are having surgery on your shoulder you need to stop NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen and Naproxyn 5 days before surgery.
  • You must arrange for a ride home in advance. Your ride home should plan to stay at the surgery center during your procedure and needs to be available all day in case there are unexpected changes in the surgery schedule. Arrival times can be from 6 am to 3 pm. You will not be permitted to drive or take a cab home. You may not leave the facility alone. You may only be released in the care of a capable, responsible adult. You will need to have a caregiver stay with you the first night. This may be mandatory depending on the
    procedure and should be discussed with your surgeon and the pre-operative nurse prior to your surgery date. Failure to have arrangements made may lead to a cancellation of your procedure.
  • If you live out of town we suggest that you make arrangements to stay in Longmont the day of your surgery.
  • Please do not bring children less than 16 years of age to wait while you have surgery. Children are not allowed in the pre-operative and post-operative areas (unless they are the patient).
  • Wear loose, casual clothing the day of your surgery. If you wear glasses or contact lenses please bring a case or container for storage. Wear minimal make-up. Nail polish is discouraged and may need to be removed prior to surgery. If having hand surgery, any artificial nails must be removed from the operative hand. Please remove nail polish from at least one finger/toe on your operative extremity prior to your arrival. Leave all jewelry and valuables at home. The surgery center cannot be held responsible for them.
  • Shower the morning of surgery with antibacterial soap or hibiclens. Wash the operative area (unless in a cast) for approximately 5 minutes and if you are having shoulder surgery wash the armpit and do not wear deodorant.
  • Do bring a copy of your insurance card and a method to pay co-payment if you have one. You can call your insurance carrier or the surgery center in advance to find out if you will be required to pay a co-payment on the day of surgery.
  • Should your doctor feel admission to the hospital is necessary for your well being following surgery; arrangements will be made for your transfer.
  • If, for any reason, you decide to cancel your surgery, please notify your surgeon at 303-772-1600 or Front Range Orthopedic Surgery Center at 720-494-3200. If your surgeon or the surgery center is not notified of your cancellation, you may be charged a $300.00 cancellation fee.
  • If you arrive more than 15 minutes later than the requested arrival time your surgery will be cancelled.
Hours & Directions

Monday – Friday from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Understanding Billing

As you prepare for your surgery, we would like to make sure you understand how you or your insurance company will be billed for the services you receive. The success of your surgery is dependant on a team effort by many dedicated professionals. Because government and insurance rules do not permit the Surgery Center to bill or collect money for other providers, each member of the team will bill and collect payment separately. At a minimum, you will receive three separate bills. Depending on your specific procedure, you may receive additional bills as well. Following is a list of the bills
you can expect:

  • Surgery Center Bill – You will receive a bill from FROSC known as a facility fee. This fee includes billing for medical supplies, medications, equipment usage and nursing care. Any questions regarding these services or payment information should be directed to the phone number found at the bottom of this form.
  • Surgeon Bill – The surgeon performing your surgery will submit a bill. If a surgical assistant is required for your procedure, the surgeon’s office may bill for these services as well. This bill will be submitted by the surgeon’s office and all questions and payments should be made directly to that office.
  • Anesthesiologist Bill – The anesthesiologist will bill for the services they provide during your surgery. All questions and payments regarding anesthesia billing should be directed to that office. Contact Ashley at 303-422-9438.
  • Additional Bills (Dependent on type of procedure) – Depending on several factors related to your particular surgery, you may receive additional services for which you will be billed separately. These additional services may include: Implants, Laboratory, Pathology, Radiology, Durable Medical Equipment and Assistant Surgeon Fee (If not affiliated with the surgeon’s office).

Insured Patients: The bills described above will be submitted to your insurance company following your procedure. If you are unsure about any aspects of coverage you should contact your insurance provider. Also note that you may have a co-payment responsibility that is due the day of your surgery. The Surgery Center will contact your insurance company to inquire about a co-payment. We will make an effort to let you know of the co-payment or deductible amount prior to your surgery. If you are uncertain whether you are required to pay a co-payment, please contact your insurance provider with this question. Front Range Orthopedic Surgery Center requires payment in full of any deductibles or co-payments before your
procedure. Credit cards are accepted except for American Express. If you are unable to make the required payment before your procedure you may contact Care Credit to make arrangements for payment. You may reach Care Credit at 800-365-8295 or online at www.carecredit.com. Please contact Joyce, Director of Billing at 303-772-1600 if you require assistance with this process.

Uninsured Patients: The bills described above will be sent directly to you following your surgery. Front Range Orthopedic Surgery Center requires payment in full before your procedure. If you are unable to make the required payment before your procedure you may contact Care Credit to make arrangements for payment. You may reach Care Credit at 800-365-8295 or online at www.carecredit.com. Please contact Joyce, Director of Billing at 303-772-1600 if you require assistance with this process. Credit cards, except American Express, are also accepted. The other members of the provider team will submit their bills separately. Any questions regarding their charges or billing should be directed to their respective offices. We realize that these multiple bills can be confusing. Our staff will do their very best to answer your questions and direct you to the proper sources of information. If you have any questions regarding the information found here please contact Joyce, Director of Billing at 303-772-1600.