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How To Prepare For Surgery

​In the days before your procedure, a representative from our business office will contact you to discuss your insurance coverage and financial responsibilities to Northeast Surgery Center for the facility fees associated with your scheduled procedure. This conversation may cover co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance payments, etc. Please do not hesitate to ask for clarification on any of these matters during this phone conversation or at any time prior to your procedure. Please be advised, you may also receive a similar call from your surgeon’s office in regards to the actual surgeon fees for your scheduled procedure.

Also, expect a call from our nursing department a day before your scheduled procedure to discuss pre-operative preparation and to answer any questions you may have regarding your procedure. During this call, we will verify you registered online and give any special instructions, arrival time and estimated discharge time. If you receive sedation or anesthesia, our policies ask that you arrange for a responsible adult to take you home from the center. Your designated adult driver should be on hand to help you receive post-procedure instructions, take you home and be available to you overnight after your surgery. For your safety, you will not be permitted to drive yourself home after receiving sedation or anesthesia. Please understand patients will not be permitted to take a taxi or other public transportation unless accompanied by a responsible adult.

To schedule or cancel a procedure, please call your surgeon’s office as they will make the arrangements.

What do I need to bring the day of my procedure?

  • Your insurance card(s).
  • Driver’s license or photo ID.
  • A list of your current medications (if you have not completed online registration).
  • The portion of your procedure payment, as discussed with our office personnel prior to your surgery day.
  • Leave valuables and jewelry at home.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Patients having shoulder surgery will need to bring a large T-shirt that can be cut to accommodate the surgical dressing/sling.
  • You will be instructed to arrive at the center 45-60 minutes prior to the procedure.
  • If you’re younger than 18, you must have a parent or guardian accompany you to sign your paperwork. For children younger than 18, a parent/guardian must remain in the center during the entire pre and post-op experience. If you are an adult who is unable to sign the consent, you must have someone with you who is authorized to sign on your behalf. Guardianship and/or durable medical power of attorney papers must be presented and copies will be made for the patient record.
  • Bring the name and phone number of the person who will be taking you home. You will not be permitted to drive, take a taxi alone or leave the center without an adult chaperone assuming responsibility of your care.
  • Also remember to bring any durable medical equipment provided from your surgeon (crutches, elastic stockings*, etc.) for use after the procedure.
  • For pediatric patients: Please remember to bring in the child's pain medication prescribed by the surgeon.

*for patients needing elastic stockings, please wear them the day of surgery.