In order to ensure your visit or procedure goes smoothly, an Altus representative will contact you within XXX days of your visit or procedure to provide you with your designated arrival time, verify your information and discuss your insurance coverage. This is also a great time to review your own questions with us so be sure to have those ready. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the details we’ve provided below and to call the designated center with additional questions you may have.
Preparation & Procedures
What You Should Bring To Your Appointment
In order to provide you with comprehensive cancer care, it is important that we understand your medical history and the care that you have previously received. If time permits, we will mail you a personalized packet of information prior to your appointment. This packet contains helpful information, including what to expect on your first day along with the Altus Cancer Center telephone number. To help us provide you with excellent service and care, please bring the following items to your first appointment:
- Insurance card(s) and driver's license
- Should your insurance company require that you have a physician referral, please bring it with you to your first visit
- Medical Records: prior to your first appointment we will obtain your medical records relating to cancer diagnosis and treatment. Some of your physicians may choose to fax your medical information directly to us on your behalf. However, it is very helpful if you could also bring it with you to your first appointment. These include your most current surgery reports, your pathology report, physician notes, CT and/or MRI scans, bone scans, and lab work
What to Expect at Altus
- Upon arrival, you will be given a tour of the sleep lab and an opportunity to ask questions.
- You will then be "prepped,” which consists of placing several small sensors on your head (above and below your eyes) to monitor your sleep cycle (No needles are involved).
- Flexible elastic belts will be placed around the chest and abdomen to measure your breathing efforts and a device will be used to measure nasal/oral airflow.
- The level of oxygen in your blood and your heart rate will be monitored by a clip that fits on your index finger.
- As you sleep, data will be collected to make a polysomnographic study. A specialist will then carefully analyze the data and determine whether you have a sleep problem or a sleep disorder. Please note that following-up with your physician is key to successful treatment.
Prior to Your Stay at Altus
- Pack as you would for an overnight stay at a hotel.
- If you have special needs, (e.g. mobility issues, oxygen requirements) please advise our staff prior to your stay.
- It is important for your sleep professional to know if you are taking any regularly prescribed or over-the-counter medications since certain medications can affect sleep and the interpretation of the sleep study.
- Do not discontinue any prescription medications without first speaking with your doctor.
Please take note of the following:
- If you have not received a call from Altus by 4 p.m. on the day before your procedure, please call the location you are scheduled to visit.
- Avoid taking any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements unless approved by your physician. Please bring a complete list of these medications with you.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight. You may have a minimal amount of water to take physician-approved medications.
- Avoid using alcohol and tobacco products 24 hours prior to or after your procedure.
- A responsible adult must accompany you to the center, await completion of your procedure, and drive you home at the time of your discharge.
- Avoid wearing makeup, lipstick, nail polish or jewelry.
- Wear simple, loose-fitting clothes that are easy to put on after surgery. Our surgery center is kept at a low temperature, so please bring something warm.
- Food and drinks are not permitted on the second floor of the facility.