Patient Information

The Surgical Center of Greater Annapolis strives to make our patients as comfortable as possible before their procedure. Therefore, here is some of the information you may need before you visit us!​

Planning for your surgery

Arrival Time: A surgery Center nurse will contact you 2-5 business days before your surgery to give you an arrival time and to review your medications and pre-operative instructions.

Medications: In general, you may take all of your medications as usual up to the day of surgery. The nurse will review which ones can or cannot be taken on the day of surgery. Please be sure to ask your surgeon about stopping any blood thinners, aspirin, or aspirin-like products. If you are having Cataract surgery, you do not need to discontinue these products.

Eating & Drinking: DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. Nothing by mouth includes water, gum, lozenges, or cigarettes. If your child is the patient, please be careful to enforce this. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery.

It is REQUIRED that a responsible adult accompany you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours. 

The Day of your Surgery
  • Please arrive on time.

  • Wear a loose fitting or button-down shirt (short sleeves preferred), slip-on shoes, no makeup, no jewelry, and please leave valuables at home.

  • Bring your insurance card(s) and identification. Also, if you need to make any out-of-pocket payment, please be sure to bring a form of payment.

  • Use your eye drops as instructed by your surgeon.

  • If your child is having surgery, feel free to bring a favorite toy, blanket, or stuffed animal for comfort.

You must be discharged into the care of a responsible adult to drive you home and care for you after surgery.

You will be given verbal and written post-surgery instructions regarding diet, activity, and medications.

 

One of our nurses will call you the day after surgery to check on your progress and discuss any questions you may have. If you have an unexpected problem, please call your doctor at the number provided on your discharge instructions. If he or she does not respond, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Helpful Links
For the safety of our patients and the liability of the center, patients are not allowed to use Uber, Lyft, or any other type of taxi service for arrival or departure from our center before or after a surgical procedure, unless they have a responsible party that will stay with them during the ride home and into their house. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you are unable to secure a ride from a family member or friend, please give us a call and we will provide information for a medical transport service.

Surgical Center of Greater Annapolis

83 Church Road

Arnold, MD 21012

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