Our caring healthcare professionals always work with the patient experience in mind. From start to finish, you’ll feel truly cared for. To ensure an efficient and relaxed surgical experience, we recommend that you refer to the following in preparing for your procedure:
Preparing for Your Surgery
To properly prepare for your procedure, please make sure to observe the following guidelines.
Before your surgery and admission to the center you must provide your medical history using our patient portal, SIS Exchange. When your procedure is scheduled, you will receive an email and/or text message with a secure link that is customized for you. As soon as you receive the notification, click on the link and complete the easy, online questionnaire that will include a review of your medical history, allergies and medications.
A registered nurse from The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley will contact you via phone one to two days prior to your surgery to provide you with the final details of your procedure and your arrival time.
If you did NOT receive the pre-registration link or email within 10 days prior to your procedure, please contact us at 844-484-4258.
Eating & Drinking
Guidelines for eating and drinking prior to your surgery will be provided to you by your physician or a Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley nurse. Please be sure to carefully adhere to these guidelines; failure to do so can result in the rescheduling of your surgery.
If your physician has provided you with a prescription, to be taken after your surgery, please have that prescription filled before your surgery. Please note there is not a pharmacy on our premises. However, there are many pharmacies located nearby. Should you need assistance locating a convenient pharmacy, our team will gladly assist you.
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. You will need to arrange for a responsible adult, age 18 years or age or older, to:
- Accompany you to The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley
- Drive you home after your procedure
- Remain with you for 24 hours after your surgery, if you received anesthesia or sedation
Please ask the person accompanying you to plan to remain at The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley while you are having surgery. Your physician may wish to speak with them. Your surgery will be canceled if a responsible adult is not available.
Your Surgical Appointment
Scheduled surgery times are subject to change due to the nature of the surgical process. Therefore, we ask that you please keep the entire day of your surgery open for any possible changes. You will be contacted one day prior to your procedure to confirm your surgery time.
Please contact your surgeon or doctor before the day of your surgery if:
- You experience noticeable changes in your health since your most recent doctor visit, which may include minor issues like a cold or changes in body temperature. Even if you don’t think it’s serious, it is best to let your doctor know.
- You think you may be pregnant.
- You have forgotten to mention relevant medical conditions such as latex allergies, diabetes, and heart/kidney/liver issues. As a rule of thumb, these types of conditions should be disclosed to your physician before any treatment (surgical or otherwise) is recommended and administered.
- You are taking any medication (prescription or over the counter) that your surgeon or physician is not aware of. This is especially crucial due to the potential of unpredictable drug interactions with anesthesia.
The Day of Your Surgery
The Morning of Your Surgery
- Bathe or shower at home before surgery but do not apply lotion, cosmetics, or deodorant. If surgery will be on a hand or foot, artificial nails and nail polish must be removed.
- Do not wear makeup, jewelry, contact lenses, or hair styling products. If you cannot leave your contact lenses at home, make sure to bring your storage case.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Make sure to leave all your jewelry, cash and valuables at home. You will not need them at New England Surgical Suites and we cannot be responsible in the event of a loss.
The Day of Your Surgery
You should come to The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley with a trusted companion at the appointed time to ensure an efficient admission process. This includes: presenting valid forms of identification, signing a consent form for your procedure, and getting prepped for surgery. If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Please arrive promptly for your appointment. Upon your arrival, our reception team will get you registered and notify our caregivers of your arrival.
You will be asked to sign a form giving your consent for surgery and anesthesia, if applicable. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you and sign the consent form.
When you and your nurse have determined that you are ready, the person who accompanied you will be able to join you in your recovery room. Instructions for your care will then be provided to both of you. Plan on being in the recovery room for a minimum of one to two hours depending on the type of anesthesia you received.
Don’t forget to bring:
- All valid insurance cards
- A government-issued photo ID or driver’s license
- Accepted forms of payment
- A copy Advance Directive if required
After Your Surgery
After the surgery, you will be placed under observation in our recovery room until you are ready to be discharged. The person who accompanied you to the center will receive discharge instructions from your doctor and drive you home.
The time you spend in the recovery room is based on the procedure performed and/or your physician’s explicit instructions. Usually, most outpatient procedures require no more than one to two hours in the recovery room.
You will receive written, post-surgery instructions regarding diet, exercise and medications to encourage optimal healing and accelerated recovery time. We recommend taking it easy and having another responsible adult at home with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. We also advise that you refrain from doing the following within the first full day after your discharge:
- Driving and operating heavy machinery or equipment
- Signing or consenting to documents of legal significance
- Making critical decisions that can affect day-to-day living or existing social/work relationships
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Engaging in intense or strenuous physical activities
After you return home, be sure to follow the instructions the nurse gave you regarding diet, medication and rest. Your physician will require a follow-up visit. If this has not already been scheduled, please schedule as soon as possible. A nurse from The Surgery Center of the Merrimack Valley will attempt to contact you the next business day after your surgery to check on your recovery and answer any questions you might have.
If you experience any of the following, please contact your physician’s office:
- Bleeding that soaks through your dressing
- Nausea or vomiting for more than 24 hours
- Uncontrolled pain despite taking pain medication as prescribed
- Signs/symptoms of infection, which may include:
- Fever 101⁰ or greater
- Open incision
- Increased soreness, pain, or tenderness
- Red streaks, increased redness, or increased puffiness near incision
- Colored or bad-smelling drainage from incision
If you experience any problems or unexpected health issues, please contact your physician as soon as possible.
Our facility accepts most major commercial insurance, HMO/PPO plans, Medicare, Workers Compensation, and other government-sponsored health coverage. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your insurance coverage.