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Pre-Operative Information



Thank you for considering The Center For Special Surgery for your upcoming procedure. We’re committed to quality health care.  Proof of this commitment is our Accreditation by The Joint Commission. We’ve been awarded accreditation because we strive to provide the very best care possible, and we’ve proven it by meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for high quality health care.  We look forward to providing you with state of the art medical care with a personal touch of comfort and attention to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your stay. The following will answer the most commonly asked questions.



Before Your Procedure

You will be notified a day or two before surgery by our nursing staff to review instructions and confirm your admission time.  You will be asked to arrive at the center approximately one half hour prior to the scheduled procedure unless otherwise specified by your doctor. Following admission to the center, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown and slippers. A nurse will then obtain your health history and complete a physical assessment.  You will be visited in this pre-operative area by your physician and an anesthesiologist if desired, and will have the opportunity to ask any last minute questions. When it is time for your procedure, you will be escorted to the surgery center's specially equipped operating room.



  • All insurance cards.

  • A photo ID.

  • A list of all medications you take.


  • If you are having sedation, do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight prior to the day of your procedure unless otherwise directed by your physician or a surgery center staff member. If you are not having IV sedation there are no restrictions.


  • Wear jewelry or bring valuables.

  • Wear any make-up.


  • If you are having a prostate biopsy you must use a Fleets enema approximately 3-4 hours prior to your appointment time. 

  • Your doctor should have instructed you on any medications you needed to stop prior to your prostate biopsy. The list can be viewed HERE.



During Your Procedure

Your physician, an anesthesiologist, if required, and at least one nurse will be present with you throughout the length of your procedure to monitor your status and help you feel as comfortable as possible. Light sedation is most common and is administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.  This method has been designed to ensure a pleasant and relaxed experience for our patients. After your procedure, you will be escorted to the recovery area for a short time until you are fully alert.  Recovery from light sedation may take up to one half hour, however, a few individuals may require a longer period of time. Once alert, you will be offered a light snack. Your doctor will visit you in the recovery area and he will have the opportunity to answer some of your questions immediately. 



Your Discharge (IV Sedation Only)

If you are NOT having IV sedation this section does not apply. If you have IV sedation...


You must have a responsible adult driver, 18 years or older and we request that you handle these arrangements in advance. Your companion or driver may choose to stay in our waiting area throughout the period of your procedure, or a staff member will be happy to make a telephone call for you when you are prepared to leave the facility.

We strongly recommend that you not make plans for the remainder of the day because you should go home and rest. View more detailed post-operative instructions HERE.




The center will bill your insurance directly for your surgery including all supplies.  In addition, your insurance company will be billed separately by your surgeon, anesthesiologist and, if applicable, the laboratory where specimens or cultures have been sent.



Privacy Practices

The privacy of your medical information is important to us.  We understand that your medical information is personal and we are committed to protecting it. We create a record of the care and services you receive at our facility including any test results that you may have concerning your general health and your specific condition. This information is kept confidential and is generally shared only with your physician(s) and insurance company but may also be disclosed to your lawyer (if applicable and with a signed release) and certain governmental agencies and oversight organizations.  We will not sell your name to any marketing or fundraising companies. View all patient disclosures HERE.  

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