Preparing for a Procedure at
the Surgery Center
Prior to Your Surgery
You will be required to have a complete history
and physical, a comprehensive evaluation of your
health from past to present, by your primary
care physician. Depending on the type of surgical
procedure you are having, you may also need blood
work and an electrocardiogram
(EKG) in addition
to the history and physical. Your surgeon will
inform you which additional tests may be
Certain medications can interfere with your
body's ability to stop bleeding. Therefore,
patients scheduled for surgery should check with
their doctor regarding which medications to
take before surgery.
Day Before Surgery
day before your scheduled surgery,
please call 215-829-6829 between
4 pm and 7 pm for your arrival
time to the Surgery
The Day of Surgery
When you arrive at the Surgery Center on the
day of your surgery, you will need to register
at patient registration located on the 1st
floor. Family members and friends are asked
to wait on the 4th floor. There is a lounge
with a television and light refreshments to
make their wait more comfortable.
After you have registered, you will be brought
to the 4th floor where you will wait to be called
for surgery. You will then be escorted to the
5th floor pre-operative area. Once you are in
the pre-op waiting area, you will given a hospital
gown and asked to change. You will be provided
bags for your clothes and personal items which
will be locked up for the duration of your procedure.
A nurse will then check your blood pressure,
temperature, heart rate and breathing. After
your vital signs are taken, a nurse may insert
an IV. After your IV is in place, the doctors
and nurses will ask you a few questions. You
will have the opportunity to speak to both your
surgeon and anesthesiologist before the surgery
After you speak with the doctors and nurses,
you will be taken from the pre-op waiting area
to the operating/procedure room.
After your surgery is completed, you will be
transferred to the recovery room where you will
be monitored by a nurse while your anesthesia
wears off and you “wake up.”
Once you are alert and able to sit in a chair,
you will be given a snack. A member of the staff
will review your discharge instructions with
you. You will also receive a written copy of
these instructions. Following the review of your
instructions, your IV will be removed and you
will be able to change into your clothes. Once
you are dressed, your family member or friend
will be asked to pull their car to the front
of the Surgery Center. You will be escorted to
the waiting car and discharged to the care of
your family or friend.
Surgery Center does not provide
overnight accommodations. In
the event of medical need, you
may be admitted to the hospital.
Important Checklist for Patients
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight
the night before your procedure. This includes
but is not limited to candy, gum, mints, etc.
- Check with your surgeon about taking your
usual morning medications. If permitted, you
may take them with a sip of water.
- Do not
wear any jewelry or bring any valuables with
- Remove ALL piercings.
your insurance cards and any copays or referrals
- Make sure you have a responsible
adult to accompany you to and from the surgery
you do not bring a responsible
adult with you, your surgery
may be delayed or cancelled.
If you have any questions or concerns, please
call the Surgery Center at 215-893-7020.