I have never undergone surgery before. Is there a way that I can learn more about the experience at Hospital for Special Surgery?
HSS can provide you with a Patient Information Guide that answers many of the questions you may have about an upcoming surgery.
Where do I go on the day of surgery? How will my family know when to visit, where to go, and who to call?
HSS created the Family Atrium Guide to help make your surgical day as seamless as possible. This guide lists HSS Surgical Center and Atrium locations, phone numbers, maps, and visiting hours. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to the C2C team.
What is a pre-admissions testing day?
You will be instructed by the surgeon’s office staff if you require pre-admission testing. The following are some of the pre-admission tests that may or may not be needed:
- Blood samples or specimens
- Medical examination to "clear" you for surgery
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Chest x-ray (CXR)
This pre-surgical screening is determined by your surgeon and may be done at HSS or an outside facility. If you are going to be admitted to the hospital for a few days, you will need the clearance exam to be provided by an HSS medical physician.
What time is my surgery?
You will receive a call from nursing the business day before your surgery with the time of your procedure and any information you will need to know in advance. Please note that the office is closed on weekends, so if your surgery is scheduled on a Monday, nursing will call with your surgical time on Friday.
How early do I need to arrive in New York City prior to surgery?
Your surgeon will be able to advise you most appropriately about the timing of your stay. Typically, depending on your procedure, your pre-operative consultation, medical clearance appointments, and pre-operative education class may be scheduled 1-2 weeks prior to your surgery. This time may be shorter for minor outpatient procedures.