The Weeks Before Your Surgery

The information below will help you prepare for your surgery, but we also need to be prepared for you. By furnishing us with information about your health before your visit, you will assist us with providing the most appropriate and efficient care for you when you arrive. For this reason, we ask that you first take a few minutes to complete a confidential health questionnaire.

Pre-Admission Testing

For some patients, testing and other consultations may be required prior to surgery. You may be asked by your surgeon to visit our Pre-Admission Testing Center (212-241-3188) where you will meet with anesthesiologists, nurses, and patient care associates, who will interview you and may conduct basic tests, such as blood tests, electrocardiogram, and chest X-ray. If you come to our Pre-Admission Testing Center, please bring:

  • A list of all the medications you are taking (including dietary supplements and herbal remedies)
  • Results of heart or lung tests (if you have them)
  • The names and telephone numbers of doctors you see on a regular basis

Also be sure to tell us about any allergies you have (i.e. to medications, foods, and/or substances like latex or iodinated x-ray contrast). Test results can also be faxed to the center (212-659-8328).

Medications

Special instructions about your medication(s) in the days before your surgery may be given to you by your surgeon or by the anesthesiologist. In particular, drugs that prevent blood clotting (blood thinners, such as Coumadin, Plavix, aspirin, NSAIDs, and some herbal supplements) will require special instructions.

Stop Smoking

Research has clearly shown that smoking can increase the chances of complications of anesthesia and surgery, and also causes many long-term health problems. In addition, smoking is not permitted inside the hospital facilities. So now would be a perfect time to break the smoking habit. For help quitting (counseling, support, nicotine replacement, and other aids) speak with your doctor or read the Smoke Free for Surgery brochure.

Financial Planning

Questions related to hospital charges for your surgery can be addressed to Hospital Financial Screening (212-731-3600). If your surgery/procedure requires anesthesia services, you will receive a bill for anesthesia services separate from the hospital and surgeon. The anesthesiologists participate with many, but not all insurance plans. The surgeon's participation (or lack thereof) with an insurance plan may affect the anesthesia bill. Questions about billing and payment can be addressed in advance by calling our anesthesia billing providers (800-627-4470).