Preparing For Your Surgery
Prior to your surgery, if you are unable to register online. A staff member for the Manhattan Surgery Center will call you to confirm your surgery time and review important instructions you need to follow before your surgery. They 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. If your child is having surgery, ask about our orientation for children.
- The Manhattan Surgery Center staff will also call you regarding you financial responsibilities.
- If you take medication for any conditions, ask your doctor and/or the Manhattan Surgery Center’s nurse whether or not to yake it on the day of surgery.
- For women, if there is a possibility that you are pregnant, please notify your doctor and/or the Manhattan Surgery Center’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.
For your safety, please arrange for a family member or adult friend to escort you home. We advise that they wait at the Manhattan Surgery Center 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.
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 the Manhattan Surgery Center 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.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
- Upon arrival, 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.
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. In the event of difficulty, please call your surgeon.
- 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 nurse for the Manhattan Surgery Center 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:
- Has been adjudicated incompetent in accordance with the law
- Has designated a legal representative to act on their behalf
- Is a minor
please call center to schedule a tour and orientation for your child.