We strive to make your surgical experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible. You will find our medical staff to be skilled and supportive. When you arrive for your appointment, our schedulers will try to keep your waiting time to a minimum.

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Surgery scheduling

At the Hand to Shoulder Associates, a surgical scheduler will plan your surgery date and pre-operative testing. Please note the following tips to avoid any delays or cancellations in your procedure.

  • Please provide us with the telephone number to contact you regarding your surgery date and arrival time.
  • Report to us if you have a cold, cough, sore throat, or fever that has developed within one week before surgery.
  • You must notify us if you suspect that you may be pregnant.
  • If you have any questions regarding authorization/pre-certification of your surgical procedure, please contact your insurance company.

Pre-surgical testing

Generally, pre-operative testing is recommended depending on your age and health status. Pre-surgical testing must be completed at least one week before your surgery. Depending on your medical conditions, you will be requested to get a written release from your family or referring physician. This is to prevent any post-operative complications.

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Day before surgery

The day before surgery, a member of the surgical team will contact you to review your pre-operative instructions and to confirm the arrival time. The most important things to remember are:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery.
  • You will need someone to drive you home if you are discharged within 24 hours, as the anesthesia may make you feel dizzy and sleepy.
  • As per law, patients under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian stay at the center throughout the surgical procedure and recovery time.

Day of Surgery

The instructions to be followed on the day of your surgery include:

  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water.
  • Please plan to arrive 2 hours before the scheduled surgery time.
  • Leave all valuables, including piercings, jewelry, money, and credit cards at home.
  • The operating room receptionist will ask you to complete the health questionnaire.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing that is easy to remove and to wear back home. Your clothes will be placed in a secure locker, and we will provide you with a hospital gown. You will meet the anesthesiologist to discuss the type of anesthesia to be administered, either local or general anesthesia.
  • For safety, a responsible family member or friend must stay with you at the center during the procedure and drive you home upon discharge.
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After surgery

You will be moved to the recovery room after surgery. You will be closely monitored by a recovery room nurse. You will receive a discharge summary – a concise report of your surgery, hospital stay, discharge instructions and medications, diet, activity, and follow-up care. For your comfort and safety following surgery, we remind you of the following:

  • You can start taking your personal medications along with the prescribed medications by your surgeon.
  • Make sure a responsible adult stays with you for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • You are restricted from driving a vehicle or operating any heavy equipment for the first 24 hours.
  • Take sufficient time to sign important documents or make significant decisions.
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