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Q: What is an ambulatory surgery center?
A: An ambulatory surgery center is a facility exclusively for outpatient surgical procedures on otherwise healthy patients. This type of center does not work with critically ill patients or handle emergencies.
Q: What is the benefit of having my surgery at an ambulatory surgery center rather than in the hospital?
A: An ambulatory surgery center such as Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery specializes in performing outpatient procedures efficiently and effectively. Procedures cost less because they do not require a hospital stay. Additionally, you will be safer because you will not be exposed to patients with contagious illnesses.
Q: Why should I choose Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery?
A: We utilize the latest medical technology and state-of-the-art equipment available. Our highly-trained nurses and healthcare professionals work with our experienced surgeons to make sure that surgeries go smoothly and successfully.
Q: Is Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery certified by any agencies?
A: We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. This accreditation is currently renewed on a yearly basis.
Q: Will someone contact me before my surgery?
A: Yes. A member of our medical staff will call you to review your medical history, discuss your medications and allergies, and discuss pre-surgery procedures. Please visit the Patient Center to access all necessary forms and instructions
Q: How should I prepare for my surgery?
A: Our forms, Preparing for Adult Surgery and Preparing for Pediatric Surgery [Link], provide instructions to follow before and after your surgery. Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns ahead of time with your surgeon or surgical staff members.
Q: Why are foods and beverages not allowed before surgery?
A: We advise you not to eat or drink after midnight as a precaution to prevent reflux of stomach contents into your esophagus during surgery.
Q: What should I do about taking my prescription medications?
A: Some medications can be taken with a small sip of water on the morning of your surgery. Please discuss this with your surgeon and be sure to let your surgeon know ahead of time if you take medication for diabetes.
Q: Do I need to tell my doctor about vitamins and herbal supplements that I’m taking?
A: Absolutely. Certain vitamins can interfere with blood clotting and may need to be stopped prior to your surgery. Herbal products also can affect the body’s ability to heal after surgery.
Q: Who will give me anesthesia?
A: Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery works with a team of anesthesiologists. One of these anesthesiologists will be handling your case.
Q: What type of anesthesia will I be getting?
A: The type of anesthesia depends on the type of procedure that you are going through. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will discuss your options with you before your surgery.
Q: Will I feel any side effects from the anesthesia after my surgery?
A: Most types of anesthesia used at Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery have few, if any, side effects. You may experience minor side effects, including nausea, dizziness, headache, and fatigue, from some medications. For this reason, patients must be accompanied by an adult when they are discharged.
Q: Will I be in pain after the surgery?
A: Our staff will work with you to evaluate any discomfort or pain and will recommend the appropriate medications to ensure that you are comfortable.
Q: Will I get a separate bill from the anesthesiologist?
A: Yes, the anesthesiologist provides you with a separate bill. The billing staff at Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery can help you communicate with your insurance company regarding coverage.
Q: May I be in the room during my child’s surgery?
A: It depends on the surgery and circumstances. Please discuss this with your surgeon.
Q: May I drive myself home?
A: No. Regardless of the type of surgery or anesthesia, we require that you be driven or accompanied home by an adult.
Q: Who can drive my child home?
A: Your child must be driven home by a parent or a legal guardian who can show documentation that verifies status as a legal guardian.
Q: What happens if I get sick before my surgery?
A: Please contact us to discuss your illness and determine whether your surgery needs to be rescheduled.
Q: What should I do if I think I am pregnant?
A: Please discuss this with us so that we can determine whether surgery is advisable.