Brookdale’s Ambulatory Surgery Suite is an important service that allows patients to resume their
normal routines quickly after an operation. With ambulatory surgery, you come to the hospital in
the morning, have your operation and are home the same evening, or in some cases, early the
following day. Ambulatory surgery may be chosen for procedures too complex to be performed in a
physician's office, but are relatively uncomplicated and do not require hospitalization. Patients
receive convenient, quality and cost-effective care, while at the same time having all of the medical
resources of a major tertiary care hospital instantly available.
Your Guide to Ambulatory Surgery
Preparation For Your Operation
You and your doctor will decide whether ambulatory surgery is right for you. Your doctor will then schedule a day and time for your operation at Brookdale's Ambulatory Surgery Suite.
Your doctor will also make an appointment for you to have preoperative testing at our Pre-Admission Screening Unit (PASU) two to fourteen days prior to the day of surgery. Please bring a list of all your medications with you on the day of your pre-testing.
Be sure to tell your doctor all the medicines you have been taking, including nonprescription drugs especially aspirin-containing drugs and anticoagulants (blood thinners). If you become ill with a cold or other respiratory illness, or develop other physical symptoms between the last time you saw your doctor and the day scheduled for surgery, CALL YOUR DOCTOR. It may be necessary to postpone your operation.
The Night Before Your Operation
Brookdale's OR Scheduling Office staff will telephone you and inform you of the time of your arrival. It is important that you have an empty stomach on the day of your surgery. For this reason, eat a light evening meal the day before surgery, avoiding spicy, greasy or rich foods. DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING after midnight or your operation may have to be canceled. Also, do not chew gum or smoke after midnight.
On The Day Of Your Operation
Continue not to eat or drink, remember, not even a sip of water. (You may brush your teeth as long as you don't swallow any water.)
Wear loose clothing that can easily be removed and put back on after surgery.
You must arrange to have someone come with you and drive you home after surgery--it isn't unusual to feel slightly sleepy or dizzy after anesthesia and medication.
If you are younger than 18 years old, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when you come in for your surgery.
Free parking for ambulatory surgery patients is available in our garage on Amboy Street; have your parking ticket validated by the Ambulatory Surgery Center's staff.
When You Arrive
Please arrive at your appointed time. If this is your first encounter with Brookdale, you will be instructed to come to Room 101 of the Admitting Department otherwise the instruction you will receive the night before your surgery is to report to Room 601 6th floor of the CHC building. Bring all cards and forms pertaining to your health insurance coverage.
In the Admitting Office, necessary paperwork will be completed; in some cases blood and urine tests will be performed that day. From Admitting, you will be directed to the Ambulatory Surgery Center on the sixth floor of the Community Health Center (6CHC-Room 601).
A nurse there will make sure all records are in order, and will check your physical condition and vital signs. You may also receive additional preparation, such as shaving or medication. Please remove contact lenses, dentures, hairpins and other accessories.
Parents may stay with their children before and after surgery. If only one parent can be present, please arrange to have a friend or relative join you at the hospital to help you care for your child on the drive home.
If your operation requires anesthesia, the anesthesiologist will speak with you before your procedure to discuss your medical history, type of anesthesia and what you can expect. Be sure to mention any cold symptoms, allergies and past experiences with anesthesia.
Depending on the surgery and your medical history, you will receive one of three types of anesthesia:
General: You will be asleep through your operation.
Regional: Only the portion of the body to be operated on is anesthetized by injection. You will be awake but comfortably sedated.
Local: Only the specific area to be operated on is anesthetized. You may receive additional intravenous sedation.
After Your Surgery
Following your operation, your continued care will be monitored by nurses in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. Once the effects of the anesthesia have worn off, you will be moved to our Ambulatory Surgery Suite, where you will be encouraged to take liquid nourishment as soon as you can tolerate this. At this time, a member of your family can join you in the suite. When you are ready for discharge, the staff will provide you and your family with instructions about your care at home.
Within 24 to 72 hours after your operation, a nurse from the Ambulatory Surgery Center will telephone you to see how well your recovery is progressing and answer any of your questions.
Remember to follow the instructions given by the nursing staff and by your surgeon. Your surgeon will continue to be responsible for your postoperative care. Inform your surgeon about any symptoms or changes in your condition. Your doctor will advise you when you can resume your normal activities.
For more information about Ambulatory Surgery, please call (718) 240-5040.