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,
- 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
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.
Glen Ridge SurgiCenter makes every effort to assure
your peace of mind the day of your surgery.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.