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Frequently Asked Questions - Surgery

Find answers to commonly asked questions about same-day surgery procedures. You can also find additional resources by visiting the preparing for surgery page.

What is an Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC)?
Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) are facilities where surgeries that do not require a hospital inpatient admission are performed. They provide a safe, cost-effective, caring and convenient environment that is less stressful than a large hospital environment.

What time is my surgery?
Surgery center staff will call you the day before your surgery to tell you the time to arrive at the surgical center. If you have not received a call by 2:00pm on the day prior to surgery, please telephone the surgical center to ask about your surgical and arrival time.

What should I do if something comes up and I need to cancel my surgery?
Please call both your surgeon’s office and the surgical center as soon as possible. If you call after hours, an answering service will take your message.

How do I know if my insurance company will cover my surgery?
Please check with your insurance carrier to review your benefits and determine if pre-authorization is required. If you need assistance with this, the surgical center billing department will be happy to help you.

What do I do the day before surgery?
View our preparing for surgery information to review what to do before your surgery, the day of surgery, and after your surgery.

What should I bring the day of surgery?

  • Please bring all insurance cards and information with you. Your doctor may provide you with a surgical center Registration Form that you can fill out and bring with you.
  • Please bring your list of medications, including the dosages. Also include a list of any supplements, herbal preparations and vitamins that you take.
  • Please bring any paperwork given to you by your surgeon.
  • Please bring your healthcare Power of Attorney and/or Guardianship papers (if applicable).
  • Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home (including rings, watches, necklaces, earrings, and money). While we do our best to safeguard your belongings, they are best secured at home.

Will I be able to drive after my surgery?
If you are having surgery under anesthesia, with the exception of local anesthesia, you cannot drive, and must be accompanied home by a responsible adult. This policy is for your safety, and is strictly adhered to. You cannot take a taxi home, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.

Will my family be able to visit me immediately after my procedure?
Due to the need for privacy, we suggest that a limit of one or two family members visit the patient during the postoperative phase. We are happy to give family members waiting in reception periodic updates on the patient’s condition.