Preparing for Surgery

Before Your Surgery

Your surgeon will discuss with you why your surgery is necessary and what result is expected. The staff in your surgeon's office will schedule your surgery with us.

  • Please call us at 856-218-4948 or 856-218-4900 between noon and 2 p.m. the business day prior to your procedure to receive instructions and an arrival time to the Surgery Center.
  • If you experience any change in your physical condition, such as a sore throat, a cold or fever, please notify your surgeon prior to surgery.
  • If you are taking medications, please inform the pre-op nurse when you receive your arrival time. Instructions will be provided to you regarding what medications the pre-op nurse indicates you need.
  • Please bring your health insurance information and referral, if necessary and (if requested) any deductible and/or co-payment for which you are responsible.
  • Do not consume any solid foods or liquids after midnight the night before your procedure.
  • If your child is undergoing surgery, the pre-op nurse will discuss feeding instructions with you during the pre-op call. Parents must stay in the facility while your child is in surgery.
  • Do not smoke for 24 hours prior to your procedure.
  • Wash the operative area with soap and water, unless otherwise instructed.

To learn more about surgery preparation or other surgery center services, please call 856-218-4900.

The Morning of Surgery

  • You may be instructed to take certain medications with small sips of water.
  • Wear comfortable clothing you can change in and out of easily and will not be tight over the site of your surgery.
  • Do not wear contact lenses. Please leave your jewelry and other valuables at home.
  • If you are bringing a child for surgery, bring in his/her favorite toy, blanket or bottle.
  • If you wear nail polish, please have one finger unpolished. All toe nail polish must be removed if having lower-extremity surgery.
  • Remember to arrive at the time you were told to report to the Surgery Center.
  • You will be escorted to a comfortable pre-op room, where you will change and relax before surgery. A family member or friend may accompany you.
  • The anesthesiologist will meet you to discuss your anesthesia, tell you what will happen before, during and after your procedure, and answer any questions you may have.
  • When your surgeon is ready for you, you will be accompanied to the operating room. Family members or friends will be asked to wait in the lobby.

To learn more about surgery preparation or other surgery center services, please call 856-218-4900.

After Your Surgery

  • Your initial phase of recovery will be in our Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, where you will be cared for by specially-trained nurses. An anesthesiologist will monitor your condition. When you have recovered sufficiently, you will be served light refreshments and be reunited with your family.
  • The nurses will provide you with a written copy of instructions from your physician. The nurse will explain the instructions to you and answer any questions you may have.
  • You may be sleepy or dizzy after your surgery, even after spending time in the recovery room. You must have a responsible adult accompany you and drive you home.
  • Even though you may feel fine, have someone plan to stay at home with you throughout the night. Do not make any important decisions, drive or operate machinery during the 24-hour period following surgery.
  • Please follow your physician's written instructions carefully. A nurse will call you within a few days of your procedure to check your progress and to answer any questions.
  • Plan to take it easy for a few days following surgery. Some patients experience after-effects from anesthesia, including drowsiness, muscle aches, a sore throat and occasional headaches. Nausea or vomiting is less common. These side effects decline rapidly in the hours following surgery, but it may take several days before they are completely gone.
  • Plan to give yourself time to return to normal; a period of recovery at home is to be expected.
  • If you have questions regarding what you can or cannot do following surgery that were not answered on your discharge instructions, please contact your physician.

To learn more about surgery preparation or other surgery center services, please call 856-218-4900.