The Functional Neurosurgical Ambulatory Surgery Center (FNASC) is an outpatient center in Littleton, Colo., that provides same-day deep brain stimulation (DBS) generator placement and DBS generator programming. FNASC also offers DBS generator replacement and DBS reprogramming, no matter where the patient’s initial DBS surgery was performed.
FNASC is owned and operated by the Neurosurgery One’s Denver DBS Center and Littleton Adventist Hospital to provide more convenient, easier care to patients receiving deep brain stimulation to help control symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and epilepsy. FNASC is located in Littleton, a southern suburb of Denver, with direct highway access from Denver International Airport without the need to travel through downtown Denver.
Functional Neurosurgical Ambulatory Surgery Center
11 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite 120
Littleton, CO 80120
Hours: Open first and third MONDAY of each month from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 303-955-5555 or 720-524-7062.
FAQs About FNASC
- How do I pre-register for my surgery at FNASC?
- Where can I get patient forms for FNASC?
- What do I need to do before my DBS generator placement surgery?
- What do I need to do the day of my DBS generator placement surgery?
- What will recovery from DBS generator placement surgery be like?
- What symptoms after DBS generator placement should I be concerned about?
How do I pre-register for my surgery at FNASC?
To make your surgery day a seamless experience where you can walk in, check-in, and be ready for your procedure rather than having to complete pages of paperwork, we recommend you register online through One Medical Passport as soon as your procedure has been scheduled.
Completing your medical passport online will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Make sure to have the following information available before starting:
- Health insurance information
- Name, address and phone number of your primary care physician
- List of all current medications including their dosage and frequency
- List of prior surgical procedures and the approximate dates
Where can I get patient forms for FNASC?
Please click on any of the following links to download patient forms for the Functional Neurosurgical Ambulatory Surgery Center:
What do I need to do before my DBS generator placement surgery?
Each patient is unique and will receive detailed, personalized instructions when their DBS generator placement surgery is scheduled. In general, patients should do the following unless your neurosurgeon tells you not to.
- Stop taking any blood-thinning medications, including aspirin and ibuprofen, 7 days before the procedure.
- Continue taking Parkinson’s or seizure medications and any blood pressure medications until the day of surgery.
- The night before your procedure, shower using a special antibacterial soap called chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) from the neck down. Do not use CHG on your face or above the neck.
- Not eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery and do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before the procedure.
What do I need to do the day of my DBS generator placement surgery?
On the day of your surgery, we request that you:
- Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery and that you not drink alcohol for 24 hours before the procedure.
- Take any medications needed the day of surgery with a very small amount of water.
- Shower again before coming to FNASC using chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) antibacterial soap from the neck down. Do not use CHG on your face or above the neck.
- Leave jewelry and valuables at home and remove all makeup before arriving.
- Wear a shirt that buttons rather than one that must be pulled on over your head, as the procedure is performed on your upper torso.
- Arrange for a loved one, friend, or other transportation home, as you will not be allowed to drive following the procedure due to general anesthesia.
What will recovery from DBS generator placement surgery be like?
After your surgery:
- You may be drowsy for several hours after the procedure, so plan on resting when you return home. However, it is a good idea to take brief walks several times the day of surgery and the day after.
- We recommend that you drink plenty of fluids and slowly return to your normal diet.
- When you leave FNASC, we will provide you with specific instructions for what you can and cannot do for the next few days or weeks, as well as personalized instructions about medications. In general, though, for the first 24 hours, patients should not:
- Drive a vehicle or operate machinery
- Drink alcoholic beverages
- Although you may experience soreness at the incision site, you should be able to resume most normal activities the next day, including showering. You may remove the dressings from the surgery site, but don’t remove the Steri-Strips™.
- For several weeks after the procedure, most patients should avoid:
- Strenuous activity
- Raising arms overhead
- Lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds
What symptoms after DBS generator placement should I be concerned about?
If you have any questions or concerns, you should not hesitate to call your surgeon. You also can call FNASC at 303-955-5555 or 720-524-7062. Please call your surgeon or FNASC if you experience:
- Fever of 101 F or above
- Sudden pain you have not experienced before
- Cloudy drainage from the surgery site
- Redness, warmth, or firmness around the surgical site
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Bleeding or oozing from the surgery site that does not stop after applying pressure for 10 minutes
- Increased swelling or numbness of the fingers or toes