How to Prepare for Surgery

Prior to Your Procedure

  • Specific individual instructions will be provided by your physician before you come to the center.
  • You should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night prior to your procedure, unless you are instructed otherwise.
  • Each patient must sign a consent form before the procedure. Patients under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign the consent form.
  • Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are easy to take off and put on.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications and your insurance or Medicare ID cards.
  • Be prepared to make a payment/co-payment at the time of your procedure.
  • Please arrange to have someone stay at the center during your procedure. You will not be able to drive afterward.

When You Arrive

  • Please notify the receptionist of your arrival.
  • Your insurance/Medicare card will be copied and returned to you.
  • You will be asked to complete your health history forms and to make a payment/co-payment.
  • A nurse will talk with you and record your vital signs, allergies and other patient information.
  • If you are having an upper endoscopy, you will remove any dentures, partial plates or oral body jewelry prior to procedure.
  • An I.V. will be started so that we may give you intravenous medication to help you relax and feel more comfortable.
  • Your family/driver will wait in our comfortable waiting room until you are discharged.
  • If you use a CPAP, we encourage you to bring your unit with you.

After Your Procedure

  • Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for care while recovering at home. 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 any alcoholic beverages, drive or make any critical decisions.
  • A nurse from Surgical Center at Millburn 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.
  • After your procedure, you will be receiving a survey by our third party vendor, Press Ganey. We appreciate if you can complete the survey.