Prior to Arrival

Following your physician's instructions regarding preparation for your same day procedure is extremely important. Notify your surgeon before coming to the Center if there is any change in your physical condition (i.e. cold or fever).
    You may be required to obtain pre-admission testing, and/or medical clearance prior to your surgery. Consult with your surgeon regarding the need for this.
The night before your surgery you may eat a light snack before 10:00 pm. Do not drink or eat anything after midnight - not even coffee or water. This will reduce the possibility of nausea and vomiting following anesthesia. You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything. Refrain from use of mints, chewing gum or cigarettes. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery.
    Medications taken daily, in the morning, for any cardiac, pulmonary or hypertensive conditions should be taken with sips of water the morning of surgery. Any oral or injectable medication taken for diabetes should not be taken the morning of surgery, unless otherwise instructed by the physician. Bring all of your diabetic medications with you to the center. Asthmatic patients should bring their inhalers with them the day of surgery. If you are taking ASA or any other blood thinners, please consult with your surgeon.


  • Please be advised, if you are taking any herbal supplements, they must be discontinued 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Please bathe or shower prior to surgery. Remove all make-up, including mascara.
  • Do not use lotion or oils after bathing. Some podiatrists may require removal of toenail polish prior to surgery. Please consult with your surgeon.
  • It is advisable to select loose fitting, comfortable clothing that will be easy to put on following your procedure.
  • Please limit visitors to 1 or 2 persons.
  • All valuables including jewelry, money and credit cards must be left home. We can not be responsible for damaged or lost property.

The State of New Jersey mandates that all healthcare facilities provide information to their patients regarding living wills/advance directives. This information will be provided by your physician's office prior to your admission. If you already have a living will/advance directive, please provide a copy for your chart upon admission.

 


Day of Procedure

Glen Ridge SurgiCenter makes every effort to assure your peace of mind the day of your surgery.
    Our staff will notify you prior to the day of your surgery to review instructions and confirm admission time. Generally, you will be requested to arrive 45 - 60 minutes prior to your scheduled time unless otherwise specified by your doctor.
    Upon arriving you will be asked to present insurance card and photo ID along with any other forms necessary from your insurance company. Spouses of married couples who carry additional insurance coverage should also bring this information together with their social security number.
    Be prepared to sign forms giving your consent for the operation and permission for the anesthesiologist to anesthetize you. If the patient is under 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the patient and sign the consent form.
    After admission to the Center has been completed, you will be asked to change into center attire consisting of gown, slippers and hat.
    Appropriate health history and physical evaluation will be obtained by a staff nurse. At this point, any x-rays, test results or paperwork provided by your physician should be presented.
    Here, in the pre-operative area, your physician and anesthesiologist will confer with you answering any questions prior to your procedure. At the appropriate time, you will then be escorted to the Center's specially equipped outpatient operating room in preparation for your surgery.



During your procedure, your physician and anesthesiologist are present with you along with at least one nurse. It is our prime objective to insure your total well being throughout the surgery by having this team monitor your status every step of the way.
    Following the procedure, you will be taken to a recovery area until fully alert. In most cases, recovery from general anesthesia takes about one to one and a half hours, and recovery from IV sedation takes about 30 - 45 minutes.
    After recovery, a light snack is offered. You will be given appropriate post-operative instructions by our nursing staff and requested to schedule a post-operative appointment with your physician.




Discharge

To insure your safety, the SurgiCenter asks that each patient make provisions in advance to be accompanied by a responsible adult driver. Taxicab or car service is not an acceptable substitute for a responsible adult driver. This driver must be 18 years or older and may choose to stay in the waiting area for the duration of your procedure or be contacted by our staff when you are prepared to leave. Patients are not permitted to drive themselves home.
    A responsible adult needs to be with you the evening of surgery. Upon your return home, we strongly advise strict rest and relaxation to aid in a faster recovery.
    A nurse from the center will phone you the next working day after your surgery to see how you are and answer any additional questions you might have.





Satisfaction

The staff of the SurgiCenter strive to make your surgical experience as comfortable as possible. We welcome any suggestions or recommendations for improvement. Please take a moment to fill out the evaluation form that will be given to you upon discharge.


Billing

The Glen Ridge SurgiCenter directly bills all primary insurance companies. Surgeons, anesthesiologists and, in some cases, laboratories will also bill seperately. For billing inquiries, you may call Carey P. Smith at (973) 275-1860 or visit MBAC on the web at medical-billingonline.com.

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