Planning Your Surgery

Scheduling Surgery

Thank you for choosing us for your surgical care. Our Surgical Coordinator will help guide you through the process. Please carefully read the following information, which should answer most of your questions about your upcoming procedure.

For any additional information please call our Surgical Coordinator at
973-243-9300, ext. 108 or by fax to 973-325-8573.

Pre-Admission Testing

All patients need to complete pre-admission testing prior to surgery. Lab work may be completed at your Primary Care Physician's office (PCP), laboratory of your choice, or any hospital. You will be required to have blood work and a urinalysis within 30 days prior to the date of your surgery. Some patients may require more extensive testing; including an EKG, chest x-ray and medical clearance from their Primary Care Physician that will be determined by your surgeon. All of the information and prescriptions for pre-admission testing will be provided to you by our Surgical Coordinator.

Insurance

Our Surgical Coordinator will contact your insurance company for an insurance authorization prior to the date of your surgery.

If you have out-of-network insurance you may be required to make a prepayment prior to your surgery date.

FMLA/Disability Forms

If your employer requires you to have disability/medical leave/FMLA forms completed; you may hand deliver, fax, or mail them to our office. The following information is required:

  • 7-10 business days for forms to be completed and returned.
  • Specific dates that you are requesting off and date of return to work (or estimation).
  • Where to forward completed information to and to whose attention.
  • There is an administrative fee of $10 for completing each form and they will be completed at the time of your surgery.

Surgery Time

Your surgery date will be booked at the time of your office visit. The hospital or same-day surgical facility will contact you the day before your surgery with your time of surgery and your arrival time.

Due to the high volume of patients, please inform us if you are planning to cancel/reschedule your surgery 7 days prior to your procedure. This must be done over the phone with the Surgical Coordinator only. Failure to do so will result in a $100 fee (for any reason other than a medical illness verified by a doctor's note).

All patients are required to have a family member or friend to drive you home after surgery as anesthesia may affect your ability to drive for 24 hours afterwards.

Pre-Operative Instructions

You will be provided a list of medications to stop/discontinue prior to our surgery. Please discontinue any birth control pills 1 month before scheduled procedure (unless otherwise specified by your specialist). If you take high blood pressure, heart, diabetic, or any other medications consult with your physician that prescribed these medications whether or not you may take it the morning of your procedure. Remember to drink plenty of liquids the day before your procedure. Bowel prep instructions will be provided to you if your procedure requires one.

You may not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
You may take any required medication with a sip of water the day of surgery.

All questions regarding pre-operative instructions please call our Surgical Coordinator at 973-243-9300, ext. 108.

Post-Operative Instructions

Please review your post-op instructions prior to surgery and ask your doctor any questions on the day of surgery. Discharge instructions will be provided by staff at the hospital or same-day surgical center.

Call our office after your surgery to schedule a post-op appointment 7-10 days after your surgery.

For all post-operative questions and concerns please call our office and speak to one of our medical assistants.

In the event of a post-op emergency please call our office at 973-243-9300 and a member of our staff will direct your call. You may reach our on-call physician during non-business hours at 973-243-9300, press option 5 and leave a detailed message. Our on-call physician will return your call.