Before surgery

Preparing for your surgery

  • You must first register online at www.simpleadmit.com. A staff member from South Shore Surgery Center will call you to confirm your surgery time. They will ask you questions regarding current or 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 an orientation for children.
  • The South Shore Surgery Center staff will also call you regarding your financial responsibilities.
  • Your doctor or the South Shore Surgery Center’s nurse will instruct you as to what time you are to stop eating and drinking prior to surgery. This includes water and chewing gum. Be sure to follow these instructions completely to avoid having your surgery cancelled.
  • If you take medications for any conditions, ask your doctor and/or the surgery center’s nurse whether or not to take it the day of surgery.
  • For women, if there is any possibility that you are pregnant, please notify your doctors and South Shore Surgery Center’s nurse.
  • Leave all valuables at home including watches, rings, jewelry and cash. The center is not responsible for lost or damaged property.
  • Please notify your surgeon of any change in your health such as a cold, fever or sore throat.
  • Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you the first 24 hours after your surgery. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home or leave in a taxi by yourself.

Day of surgery

  • Bathe or shower and remove all makeup. Do not apply lotions or oil after bathing.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
  • Arrive promptly at the time instructed during your pre-op call. This will allow adequate time for all necessary admission procedures.
  • Be sure to bring any paperwork your doctor gave you such as test results or your medical history, list of medications you are taking, as well as crutches and walkers you have received.
  • Upon arrival, you will change into a hospital gown and slippers which we provide. You will be asked to remove contact lenses, dentures, jewelry and any prosthesis.
  • Anesthesia personnel will meet with you to discuss your anesthesia and answer any questions you may have.

In the recovery room

  • 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 patients are discharged 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours 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. Please follow these discharge instructions. 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, operate machinery, or make any critical decisions.
  • A nurse from South Shore Surgery Center will call you within a day or two 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.