What to Expect

Preparing for your surgery:

For your health and safety, some laboratory tests or medical clearance may be required prior to your procedure. Your surgeon or the Center may ask you to visit your family doctor to obtain the necessary tests or clearance within 30 days of your procedure.

Within a week of your scheduled procedure a nurse from Northwell Health | Greenwich Village Ambulatory Surgery Center will call you to conduct a pre-operative interview. They will ask you questions regarding your past and current medical conditions, allergies and medications you are taking. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have, and be sure to let them know of any special needs.

The nurse will instruct you as to what time you are to stop eating and drinking prior to surgery.

If you take medication for any conditions, ask your doctor and/or the Center nurse whether or not to take it the day of your surgery.

Please notify your surgeon of any change in your health, such as a cold, fever or sore throat. For women, if there is a possibility that you are pregnant, please notify your doctor and the Center.

For your safety, a responsible adult MUST be available to stay with you during the entire duration of your surgery.

Children, age 17 years and younger or incapacitated adults must be accompanied by a person with legal guardianship.

Day of Surgery:

Northwell Health | Greenwich Village Ambulatory Surgery Center requires that someone over the age of 18 arrive and stay with you during the duration of your surgery. *Please make sure that individual is with you upon check-in.

Arrive promptly at the time instructed, which is usually 30-90 minutes prior to your surgery time but will be confirmed with a call prior to your surgery date. This will allow adequate time for all necessary admission procedures.

Please bring your insurance identification cards and photo ID. If special financial arrangements are necessary, please call Greenwich Village Ambulatory Surgery Center prior to the day of surgery.

Leave all your valuables at home. This includes any jewelry, rings, watches or your wallet.

Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.

Items to bring with you include but are not limited to: a list of your current medications, prior obtained prescription for pain medication, containers for eye wear, medical equipment you may use or have received prior to your surgery, any important records such as living will or patient advocate forms and any comfort devices such as a pillow for the ride home.

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.

Your care throughout your stay will be closely monitored by our staff for your safety and comfort.

When you are awake, one family member over the age of 15 will be able to join you in the recovery area (Pediatric patients are allowed 2 family members).

Each individual is different however you may expect to be in the recovery area 30 minutes-2 hours