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  • Why Choose an ASC?

    When patients choose to use an ambulatory surgery center (ASC), most find that the process is much more convenient and personal. Our center offers a relaxed environment with medical staff focused on offering individualized patient care. Our specialized staff helps each patient's visit go as quickly and smoothly as possible.

     

    Other benefits of an ASC include:

    Ease of Use:
    Since our center focuses on a limited number of procedures, most patients find that we are much easier to navigate than a typical hospital environment.

    One Location:
    Our center offers patient registration, waiting rooms, surgical suites and recovery rooms all in one convenient location.

    Highest Quality:
    Our physicians are all board certified in their field, specialists who are experts in performing surgery in their respective specialties. Additionally, our nurses and surgical technicians are trained and experienced professionals with the entire surgical process. We are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care available.

    On-Time Procedure:
    To meet a patient's specific scheduling needs, we offer many scheduling options. Plus, since all surgeries at an ASC are scheduled, your procedure is rarely bumped or delayed by an emergency case.

    Reduced Cross-Infection:
    We see surgical patients only. In fact, if a patient is ill, we usually will reschedule the procedure until they feel better. Therefore, there is a very small risk of infection.

    Focus on the Patient:
    We know exactly how many patients we will serve each day and can, therefore, staff appropriately to ensure very personal care. Our priority in the center is you and your procedure.

    Reduced Cost:
    Since we do not have the overhead of a hospital or HOPD (hospital outpatient department) where surgery on the very seriously ill patient and emergency surgeries are performed, our ASC is typically able to perform your procedure at the same high level of care with the same specialized attention but at a much lower cost. Additionally, ASC’s only charge one bundled fee per procedure versus hospital/HOPD billing where every supply, medication, etc. that is used is billed for.

     

Pre-Op

  • Where does my surgery occur?

    Your surgery will be performed in our new, state-of-the-art operating room within our surgery center.

     

  • Do I need to get any pre-operative testing done?

    Pre-operative testing will vary based on the type of surgery you are having as well as your age and health history. Your surgeon will inform you of any testing that is required prior to having your surgery at our center. We ask that patients get their pre-operative testing/office appointments done as early as possible in order for all of your information/results to get to our center in a timely manner so clinical staff can review your chart.

  • How long is my surgery?

    Each surgery varies on how long they are, speak with your surgeon and they can give you an accurate time of how long your surgery will be.

     

  • What should I wear to surgery?

    Arrive to our center in comfortable clothing. Depending on your surgery the pre-operative nurse that calls you ahead of time will instruct you on what to wear to make heading home after as comfortable an experience as possible.

  • How do I prepare for my surgery?

    Your gastroenterologist or surgeon will have provided you information prior to the day of your procedure. In addition, a registered nurse from Specialty Surgery Center of Connecticut will contact you a day or so before your procedure to review the items you will need to do to prepare yourself. The nurse will also confirm the date and time of your procedure and answer any questions you may have.

  • When will I be notified of my arrival time for surgery?

    Scheduling changes are common. A registered nurse from Specialty Surgery Center of Connecticut will call you prior to your surgery and give you the time of your surgery and when to arrive at our center. We also ask patients to call in the early afternoon on the day before their surgery to confirm your time.

     

  • Why do I need to arrive earlier than my surgery time?

    Coming earlier gives you time to check in and prepare for your surgery. Your preparation consists of checking in with the registration staff, having your medical history reviewed by a registered nurse, changing into surgical attire, having an intravenous (IV) line inserted, checking vital signs and meeting your surgical team.

     

  • What should I bring with me the day of surgery?

    Upon arrival, you will be asked to complete registration paperwork and sign consents. You will need to bring your insurance card, a photo ID and any payments that are due on arrival. Any payments that are required will be explained to you ahead of time by our billing office so that you come prepared on the day of your surgery.  Also, please bring any equipment such as slings, boots, crutches, ice wraps or braces that your surgeon has provided to you prior to surgery.

     

  • Why can’t I eat or drink before surgery?

    There are several reasons for this rule. First, if there are contents in your stomach, you are more likely to get nauseated and get sick after surgery. Second, when anything is present in your stomach, including water, excess saliva, food or drink, these contents can be regurgitated and inhaled into the lungs. This may cause complications, including severe pneumonia.

     

    Do not eat or drink after midnight prior to arriving at the Specialty Surgery Center of Connecticut unless otherwise instructed by the surgery center team. This includes water, chewing gum, mints and hard candies. Brush your teeth on the morning of your procedure, but do not swallow any water.

     

  • Can I take my daily pills at home before and after surgery?

    Do not take any herbal or dietary supplements 7 days prior to surgery. If you are taking aspirin, aspirin-like products, Coumadin, Plavix or other blood-thinning medication, consult your prescribing doctor immediately for directions regarding these and other medications. A pre-operative nurse will call you prior to your surgery and instruct you on which morning pills to take/not take the day of surgery. If you are instructed to take your morning medication please do so with a small sip of water. Your surgeon will inform you of when to resume your home medications after surgery is complete.

  • Why does everyone ask me the same questions over and over?

    Certain key questions such as what the procedure you’re having, if you have any allergies, or if you’ve had anything to eat or drink are critical to the success of your surgery. Having several people confirm the information is a safety precaution that decreases the chance of missing important information. We understand that repeatedly answering the same questions may be annoying, but it is necessary to help our team ensure your safe and comfortable operative and post-operative experiences.

     

  • What type of anesthesia will I be getting?

    The type of anesthesia depends on the procedure and the decision is jointly made by your surgeon and anesthesiologist. You will be able to ask any questions when you meet with the anesthesiologist in the pre-operative area. The main categories of anesthesia are:

    • General : The patient is given medication to put him or her in a deep sleep during surgery.

    • Total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA): The patient is given a combination of medications through the IV and is not given any inhaled gases.

    • Monitored anesthesia care (MAC): The patient is given medication that prevents pain and causes relaxation. It does not put the patient to sleep.

    • Regional/Local anesthesia: The patient is given medication that numbs the part of the body where the surgery is done; for example, the arm, hand, leg or foot.

     

    Regardless of the category of anesthesia that you may receive, special anesthetic agents and techniques are used to provide a safe and speedy recovery.

     

  • What are the risks of anesthesia?

    All operations and all anesthetics have risks and they are dependent upon many factors including the type of surgery and the medical condition of the patient. Most patients operated on in surgery centers are of the healthier group of patients, and in these circumstances serious complications, while they can occur, are fortunately very rare.

     

    To repeat – the risk of a major complication in an otherwise healthy patient is extremely low. Your anesthesiologist will assess you preoperatively and every precaution will be taken to minimize your risk. Our equipment is the most advanced and up to date. There will be very little in the acute period that we cannot handle as well as the hospital. However, we will routinely see minor problems such as nausea and vomiting, sore throat, dizziness, tiredness, headache, muscle aches, and pain, most of which are easily treated.

     

  • What should I do if I’m not feeling well or if I need to cancel?

    If you are not feeling well and/or need to reschedule for any reason please notify your surgeon’s office as well as our staff at 203-321-0777.

     

Recovery

  • How long do I stay in recovery?

    Recovery periods vary from person to person and from procedure to procedure due to length of each surgery. A rule of thumb is that you can usually expect that longer procedures will require longer recovery periods and shorter procedures require shorter ones. The average recovery time our patient’s stay is between half an hour to an hour.

  • Will I have pain after surgery? If so how will it be managed?

    If you are having a surgical procedure, you may experience normal pain afterwards. To minimize pain after an orthopedic procedure, ice and elevation of the affected extremity will help minimize swelling, thus reducing pain. If you have been given a prescription for pain medications, get it filled as soon as possible (before surgery or immediately after). Stay on top of your pain by taking the pain medication when you first become aware of pain sensations. Remember, always eat before taking pain medications to avoid nausea. If your pain is not controlled using these measures please notify your surgeon so it can be properly managed.

     

  • Is it safe to have surgery in a surgical center versus going to the hospital?

    Most surgical procedures can and should be performed in an outpatient setting for healthy patients. A surgery center specializes in ambulatory surgery unlike a hospital, therefore, it’s staff is specialized in providing patient care for outpatient surgical procedures. Also, patients admitted to a surgery center are healthy and will not be exposed to patients with critical illnesses as would be the case in a hospital setting.

  • When can I resume my daily activities? Will I receive instructions?

    Activity at home will be based on what type of surgery you had. Your post-operative nurse will provide you with a print out of any restrictions/instructions that your surgeon has for you when you go home.

  • When can I eat and drink again after my surgery?

    Your post-operative nurse will have you begin drinking fluids once you’re awake and give you something to eat.  Throughout the rest of the day of surgery we encourage patients to follow a bland/light diet (i.e. soup, toast, rice) and then resume their pre-surgery diets the next day.

  • Can I drive home after my surgery?

    No, you will need to have an adult take you home after any procedure requiring sedation or anesthesia. This is for your safety. In case you need help at home, you will need someone available to assist you. Patients cannot drive for 24 hours after having sedation or anesthesia. In addition, you will not be permitted to take any ride service home without a responsible adult to accompany you. If you do not have a ride home or are not accompanied by a responsible adult, your surgery may be canceled.

     

  • When do I follow up with my doctor after surgery?

    Your surgeon will include in your discharge instructions when you should follow up in their office, the average range is 7-14 days for most patients.

  • What if I have complications after going home?

    The patient should call their surgeon’s office with any complications/questions after going home. If any emergencies occur (i.e. shortness of breath, chest pain) please call 911 and go to your nearest Emergency Room.

     

  • How long does the anesthesia stay in my body?

    The anesthesia remains in your body for 24 hours so it will still be in your body for the rest of the day of surgery.

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