Whether you return home after surgery or stay in the Hospital, the preparation is very similar. It's important that you are prepared for surgery. When you are well prepared, you improve your chances of a positive experience. Please follow all instructions given to you to ensure your surgery goes forward as scheduled.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center is open Mondays from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., and Tuesdays through Fridays from 7:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
The main Operating Rooms are open 24 hours per day.
Pre-Operative Testing Unit: 718-267-4262
Ambulatory Surgery Main Desk: 718-267-4251
Operating Rooms Main Desk: 718-267-4214
Preparing for Surgery
When should I cancel? How can I cancel?
If your physical condition changes before surgery -- such as a cold, rash, persistent cough, sore throat, fever or stomach upset -- notify your physician. He or she may want to reschedule your surgery. If you are unable to keep your appointment or if you will be late for your surgery, please notify the Ambulatory Surgery Center at 718-267-4251 or the main OR desk at 718-267-4214 as soon as possible.
What should you discuss with your surgeon or doctor?
Make sure you understand why you are having your surgery and what will happen. Be sure to discuss with your physician what medications you are currently taking and whether or not you can continue them before the surgery, on the day of surgery and after the surgery. Don't forget to tell your doctor about any over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements that you are also taking. If you normally require antibiotics before surgery or dental procedures, be sure to request a prescription from your physician.
How do I arrange for testing and registration?
As soon as the surgery is scheduled, please call the Pre-Operative Testing Unit at 718-267-4262 to arrange for pre-admission testing and insurance registration. The Center's hours are 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. They are closed weekends and holidays. Please have your insurance information available when you call. If you are having your pre-admission testing and medical clearance for surgery with your private doctor, please remind him or her to fax the results to 718-932-5358 as soon as possible (and include the scheduled surgery date with the results). Patients who are under 18 must provide immunization records at the pre-testing exam.
Should someone escort me home from my ambulatory surgery?
If you are having ambulatory surgery and receiving anesthesia, it is essential that you arrange for someone to escort you home after the surgery, preferably by car. Patients receiving local anesthesia do not require an escort. A comfortable waiting room is available for your escort in the Ambulatory Surgery Center and on the Hospital's fifth floor. A beeper is available if your escort prefers to walk around the area while waiting. Patients who are under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who must stay on the hospital campus throughout the operation.
What should I do the day before surgery?
It is essential that you not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your surgery. This includes medications and water unless your physician specifically orders them. If your surgery is scheduled for the afternoon, then your anesthesiologist or physician may allow some changes in the fasting rule. Check ahead of time. Do not use alcohol or sedative drugs for 24 hours before surgery. On the day (or Friday) before surgery, if you have not received a call by 5:00 P.M., please call the Operating Room to confirm your arrival time and location of your surgery. The telephone number is 718-267-4214. Please plan to arrive one to two hours before your scheduled time of surgery and expect to stay two to four hours if your surgery is ambulatory.
What should I bring?
Please bring insurance information, contact lens container, and a list (or the actual bottles) of medications you are currently taking. We will provide you with a gown, robe and slippers. Please do not bring jewelry, money, credit cards or valuables. We cannot be responsible for them. If you are an ambulatory patient, you will receive a locker and the nurse will hold the key to secure your belongings. Children tend to become restless and apprehensive while waiting, so please leave them at home.
What should I wear?
Please wear low-heeled shoes and loose clothes that will be easy to put on and comfortable to wear following surgery. If you are going to have a cast, be sure the clothes will fit over a cast. Please avoid makeup or keep it to a minimum. During surgery, your belongings will be kept in a labeled bag and forwarded to your room if you are hospitalized, or returned to you before you go home if you are an ambulatory surgery patient.
What can I expect when I arrive?
Your temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure will be taken and the nursing staff will help get you ready for surgery. Your anesthesiologist and surgeon will talk to you prior to your operation. Anesthesia will discuss types of anesthesia available and together they will choose the best method.
What can I expect immediately after the surgery?
After your operation, you will rest in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) or a patient lounge until you are ready to go home or be transferred to one of our patient care units for further observation. Ambulatory patients should plan to wait at least one hour following surgery. For patients ages 14 to 18, parents or responsible parties should plan to stay with the child in the PACU or patient lounge.
How do I care for myself once I'm home?
If you received sedation or general anesthesia, you should have someone stay with you at home the first night after surgery. Be good to yourself and take it easy until your physician recommends that you return to your usual routine. Follow your physician's instructions regarding diet, rest and medication. Do not drive, operate machinery or tools, drink alcoholic beverages or take any medications not prescribed by your physician for at least 24 hours following surgery. It is natural to experience discomfort at the surgical site. It's also natural to feel some dizziness or drowsiness after treatment or surgery. If you feel you are having medical problems after discharge, contact your physician. If your physician is unavailable, call the Emergency Department at 718-267-4285.
Will someone from the hospital follow up with me after surgery?
A member of our staff will contact you within a few days after your surgery to see how you are doing. A member of our Patient Service Team may call you about your experience as a patient at the Ambulatory Surgery Center or as an inpatient. We strive to provide the very best service and care and this information assists us to improve your experience. Please let us know if you prefer not to be contacted.
What will I be charged for?
Fees will be charged by a variety of providers not just the hospital. In addition to the hospital's bill, you may receive bills from your surgeon, the assistant, pathologist, cardiologist, radiologist and anesthesiologist. You may also incur special fees for special equipment, implants, tests and treatments.
Can I donate blood to myself or my family or friend before surgery?
There is no on-site donation center at Mount Sinai Queens. Patients who are interested in donating blood for themselves (in anticipation of surgery) or in having family and friends donate for them are encouraged to contact the Long Island Blood Center at 631-927-5036 to arrange an appointment.
All other donors are encouraged to contact the New York Blood Center at 800-933-2566. Anyone from age 17 to 75 in good health may donate. A history of hepatitis, jaundice, cancer, heart disease, or exposure to AIDS will disqualify the donor. Most medications are allowed; some are not. Requirements for donating blood to yourself, called autologous donations, vary. The staff at the Blood Center will be happy to answer any questions.
Where will my surgery take place?
Your surgery will take place either at the Ambulatory Surgery Center on the first floor of 25-25 30th Road or in the main operating rooms on the fifth floor of the hospital at 25-10 30th Avenue. The Ambulatory Surgery Center is a modern surgical facility that provides same-day surgical care for people who can recuperate comfortably at home shortly after surgery. The building also houses our Pre-Operative Testing Unit on the second floor. The main operating rooms, on the other hand, provide surgical care to a broad variety of patients, including those people who will need to stay in the hospital immediately after surgery and (similar to the patients at the Ambulatory Surgery Center) patients who can go home shortly after surgery.