We are pleased that you and your physician have chosen South Shore Ambulatory Surgery Center for your upcoming surgery or procedure. The information below will provide you and your family with instructions to make your experience as comfortable as possible. We encourage you to ask questions whenever anything is unclear and we wish you a speedy recovery.
Preparing For Your Surgery
Prior to your surgery Pre-Surgical Testing (PST) is required for most outpatient surgical procedures. The PST staff will ask you questions regarding you current and past medical conditions, allergies, and medications you are taking. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have and be sure to let the staff know of any special needs. It is important to bring the following to your PST visit:
- Picture ID
- Information from your surgeon's office.
- All insurance papers and cards.
- List of all medications and dosage
- Allergy and medical information.
PST is located at 444 Merrick Road, Suite 100 1st Floor in Lynbrook, NY. If you have any questions about PST call (516) 872-2150 between 8am and 4pm.
- If you take medication for any conditions, ask your doctor and/or SSASC’s nurse whether or not to take it on the day of surgery.
- For women, if there is a possibility that you are pregnant, please notify your doctor and/or SSASC’s nurse.
- Leave all valuables at home including watches, rings, jewelry and wallets.
- Please notify your surgeon of any changes in your health such as a cold, fever or sore throat.
- Please shower with regular soap and water the morning of surgery. Do not shave surgical area. You may brush your teeth.
For your safety, please arrange for a family member or adult friend to escort you home. We advise that they wait at SSASC for you until you are discharged. Additionally, it is best have someone with you the first 24 hours after surgery. Please be advised that if you do not have a family member or friend to accompany you home, your surgery will be rescheduled for a time when someone is available.
Please call South Shore ASC between 1pm and 4pm the day before your surgery at (516) 887-0890 to confirm your arrival time. Please be aware that your surgery time may change if emergency situations arise. It is important that you provide your surgeon and SSASC a phone number where you can easily be reached for any changes in your surgery or arrival time.
I M P O R T A N T M E S S A G E
The evening prior to your surgery or procedure, UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED, DO NOT eat or drink anything (including water) after midnight - NO GUM, MINTS, or HARD CANDY. Doing so may result in your surgery being cancelled. Take your medications with a small sip of water the morning of surgery, as directed by your physician.
DIABETIC PATIENTS - please DO NOT take any insulin injections or oral diabetes medications on the morning of surgery. We will check your blood sugar levels when you arrive.
Day Of Surgery
Arrive promptly at the time instructed during your pre-op phone call. This will allow adequate time for all necessary admission procedures.
Please bring your insurance ID cards and photo ID. If special financial arrangements are necessary, please call SSASC prior to admission.
Be sure to bring any paperwork your doctor gave you such as test results or your medical history and a list of medications you are taking.
For women, if there is a possibility that you are pregnant, please notify your doctor and/or the SSASC nurse.
Leave all valuables at home including watches, rings, jewelry and wallets.
Please notify your surgeon of any changes in your health such as a cold, fever or sore throat.
Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
Upon arrival into the Pre-Operative area, you will change into a hospital gown and slippers which we provide. You will be asked to remove contact lenses, dentures, jewelry, piercings and any prosthesis.
If you have a rash or history of skin infections or Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), let your nurse know immediately upon admission.
Wash your hands before and after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, and when touching anything that is unclean.
You will have an intravenous (IV) catheter placed in your vein. Tell your nurse promptly if the bandage or catheter becomes loose or gets wet.
If you do not see your care providers clean their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub prior to caring for you, please ask them to do so.
In the Recovery Area
- After surgery you will be moved to the Recovery Area where you will be closely monitored until you are ready to go home.
- When you are awake, your family will be able to join you. Although the times may vary, most patents are discharged 45 to 90 minutes after surgery.
- It is perfectly normal to feel discomfort in the area of the surgery. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness depending on the kind of anesthesia you received.
At Home After Surgery
- Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for care while recovering at home. If you have redness or swelling at the wound site, or fever or chills, call your doctor immediately.
Always clean your hands before and after caring for your wound.
- For the first 24 hours following surgery, do not engage in strenuous activities, do not drink alcoholic beverages, drive or make any important decisions.
- A SSASC nurse will call you within 72 hours to evaluate how you are recovering at home.
- You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the care you received. Your comments will enable us to continue to improve our services.
The patient’s guardian, next of kin or legal authorized responsible person has the right to exercise the rights delineated on the patient’s behalf to the extent permitted by law, if the patient:
Is a minor
- Has been adjudicated incompetent in accordance with the law
- Has designated a legal representative to act on their behalf.