Preparing For Your Surgery

  1. Please be aware, if you are 50 years or older, recent lab work (in the last 30 days) and an EKG (in the last 3 months), despite exceptional health, will be required.
  2. A Midtown Surgery Center personnel will contact you prior to your surgery concerning facility billing.
  3. A nurse will call you the day before your surgery to confirm the surgical time and specific preoperative instructions.
  4. Due to the new protocol for physician prescriptions (e-script), we highly recommend requesting your prescription to be sent to your pharmacy prior to your procedure.
  5. Notify your physician if your medical condition changes, such as a cold or flu.
  6. Any specific surgery-related questions, please contact your Surgeon’s office.

Day Prior to Surgery

  1. NPO status: Typically, there is NO eating or drinking (which includes water, chewing on gum or candy) day of surgery. **Reminder: RN will confirm NPO status/instructions with you the day before your surgery.
  2. If it is necessary for you to take medication by the direction of your physician please do so with only a small sip of water as soon as you wake in the morning.
  3. It is imperative that you have an adult 18 years or older to escort you home after your procedure. For your safety, your procedure may be canceled if you do not have an escort. We will not discharge you from the surgery center unaccompanied. If you are unable to arrange for an escort, you may contact Partners in Care.
  4. Prepare a thorough list of your medications to present to the nurse in the pre-operative area.

Day of Surgery

  1. Please arrive one hour prior to your scheduled surgery time. Upon arrival, you will be asked to present a Photo ID, Insurance card, complete admission forms (including your escort’s contact info) and sign consents.
  2. Prior to your surgery, you will meet with the Anesthesiologist, nurse and Surgeon, and will have the opportunity to ask any last minute questions.
  3. Leave all valuables at home, including jewelry, contact lenses, etc.
  4. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Example: Shoulder surgery- recommend a loose/stretchy top or large button down.
  5. Suggestion: Please arrange for a responsible adult to remain with you during the first night post operative.
  6. It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, lightheaded or dizzy several hours after surgery.
  7. Do not drive, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages or operate machinery for 24 hours.
  8. Your surgeon will prescribe pain relief medication, as needed, for at-home use following surgery. Reiterate E prescribe
  9. You will be given written post-operative instructions. The nurses will review these with you and answer any questions.

Recovery At Home

  1. Please refer to your personal Postoperative Instructions provided at discharge.
  2. A Midtown Surgery Center nurse will call you the day after your procedure to evaluate how you are feeling and provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
  3. If you have any additional Postoperative questions do not hesitate to call and speak to a nurse.
  4. You will receive a survey after the procedure via email. No worries if you did not provide an email; a hard copy with a self stamped envelope can be provided as well. We appreciate all feed back and ask that you take a moment to complete.