Hospital for Special Surgery Ambulatory Surgery Center of Manhattan, LLC, is a state-of-the-art facility providing the highest quality outpatient surgery options for our patients. The HSS ASC of Manhattan follows world-class best practices as established by Hospital for Special Surgery.
HSS ASC of Manhattan has four operating rooms and 16 beds for pre/post anesthesia care. Specialties include foot and ankle, hand and upper extremity, and sports medicine. HSS ASC of Manhattan is an independent, fully-licensed ambulatory surgery center providing multi-specialty outpatient surgical services and was formed as a joint venture between Hospital for Special Surgery and HSS surgeons.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality patient care and to improve your mobility and quality of life. One of the ways in which we achieve these goals is by making you an active partner in your care. Please see the information below for how you, your friends and family, and your healthcare team can all play a vital role in providing you with the best care and the best outcomes.
What is ambulatory surgery?
Ambulatory surgery is also called outpatient surgery. It is designed as a service in which a patient arrives at the hospital or surgical center, has surgery, recovers, and usually goes home all in a relatively short time, without an overnight stay. Most of our patients spend a total of 5 hours with us before returning to the comfort of their homes.
The anesthesiologists at the HSS ASC of Manhattan will play a vital role in your upcoming surgery, administering anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety during your surgical procedure and entire HSS ASC stay. Your anesthesiologist will discuss with you your medical history and the anesthetic plan for your operation and recovery. After your surgery, your anesthesiologist will care for you in the recovery room and, in addition, your surgeon may consult an anesthesiologist from our acute pain team to treat your post-surgical pain.
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding anesthesiology. If you still have questions, your anesthesiologist will be happy to answer them before your surgery begins.
Most of the joint-related surgical procedures at the HSS ASC of Manhattan are performed using regional anesthesia (spinal, epidural or nerve block are all types of regional anesthesia). Regional anesthesia numbs the nerves around the part of the body being operated on, producing partial or total temporary loss of sensation in that area. Most patients undergoing regional anesthesia also chose to receive intravenous sedation, which allows them to sleep during the operation. In some cases you may be able to stay awake during your procedure. Patients who undergo regional anesthesia generally have better pain control and are less likely to report feelings of nausea or vomiting following surgery.
While regional anesthesia is the most common anesthetic technique at the HSS ASC of Manhattan, general anesthesia is preferable in some cases. General anesthesia numbs the entire body and makes patients unaware of everything occurring in the operating room. Patients undergoing general anesthesia return to consciousness after the surgery is complete.
You and your surgeon and anesthesiologist will discuss what type of anesthesia is best for you before your procedure, with the goal of keeping you safe and comfortable.
HSS ASC of Manhattan anesthesiologists regularly employ techniques (such as regional anesthesia) to reduce the risk of post-operative nausea and vomiting, and routinely give anti-nausea medications as part of your anesthetic care.
If you have a history of motion sickness, or nausea and vomiting following surgery, please inform your anesthesiologist before surgery. He or she will make necessary adjustments to the anesthetic plan to ensure the best approach to prevent or minimize these side effects.
Orthopedic surgery is often associated with post-operative pain, and pain control is one of our top priorities. At the HSS ASC of Manhattan we have a variety of proven methods to keep you comfortable and safe. If you are scheduled for an outpatient procedure, your anesthesiologist will make sure that your pain is manageable before you are discharged from the HSS ASC.
As your surgery date approaches, there are several important things to keep in mind and prepare for.
On the day of surgery, please only bring necessary documents and items as directed by HSS ASC staff.
The HSS ASC is committed to providing a safe and secure environment during your stay. In order to keep your belongings safe, we kindly request that you do not bring any valuables or unnecessary personal belongings (e.g., suitcases, jewelry, cash, medical equipment, etc.) with you.
Please pack lightly as HSS ASC of Manhattan staff cannot secure and store multiple bags, suitcases, luggage or backpacks for you or your visitors. Belongings that fit into a storage bag issued by the HSS ASC of Manhattan will be secured and stored for you while you are in the operating room. Any additional personal belongings will be given to your designated visitors or family members for safekeeping. The HSS ASC of Manhattan will not be responsible for any lost or misplaced personal belongings that were not secured by staff.
Please wear casual, loose-fitting clothing and athletic footwear. You will be provided with a gown to wear during your procedure.
If arriving at the HSS ASC of Manhattan by car, please use the patient pickup/drop off entrance located at 248 E 65th Street. Otherwise, please use the main entrance at 1233 2nd Ave. Upon entering the building, reception can be found on the second floor, which is accessible by elevator. At reception, the admitting assistants will complete your admission process, have you sign a few documents, and place an I.D. bracelet around your wrist. After completing check-in, you’ll view a short welcome video while you wait to be called into the pre-surgical holding area.
Patients will be brought into the holding area by a nurse, and after a quick assessment, your visitor will then join you. Once the patient is called for surgery, visitors will be directed to the waiting area. After surgery, your physician will speak to your visitor about your condition. Your visitor will be notified when you are taken to the recovery room and when you can be seen. Please remind your visitor to remain in the waiting area or to let the desk staff know if they must leave.
To ensure the safety, comfort and privacy of all the patients in the Recovery Area, we ask that everyone follow these guidelines:
In the recovery room, the nursing staff will provide the necessary care for you and monitor your return to meet discharge criteria. In order to be discharged from the recovery room to home, you must meet our established discharge criteria:
Depending on the type of anesthesia you receive, you will stay at the HSS ASC until your condition is stable and it is deemed safe for you to leave.
When it is time for you to leave, the person escorting you home will be asked to bring the car to the 65th Street entrance. We ask that the driver please be patient if there is a prolonged wait. HSS ASC personnel will escort you to the car and assist in your departure.
You will not be allowed to drive yourself home. Keep the number of people who accompany you to one. We follow national standards that do not permit children under the age of 14 to accompany you on the day of hospital discharge.
If your driver does not plan to wait at the HSS ASC of Manhattan during your surgery, please ask your nurse for an estimated discharge time and then inform the person giving you a ride to be ready at that time. We also ask that you give the nurse a phone number where we can contact the person giving you a ride home. Individuals picking up patients upon discharge should bring pillows for patients to use during transport.
As a patient in an ambulatory surgery center in New York State, you have the right, consistent with law, to:
The HSS ASC of Manhattan is committed to providing high quality care and skilled and compassionate service to our community. Consistent with this commitment, the HSS ASC of Manhattan complies with applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, culture, language, age, disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, partnership or marital status, veteran or military status, or any other prohibited basis.
The HSS ASC of Manhattan :
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You also have the right to file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Room 509F, HHH Building, Washington, DC 20201, 1.800.368.1019, 800.537.7697 (TDD). Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.
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Be an active partner in your care
Together with The American Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), we urge patients to become involved in their care through a program called “Speak Up.” “Speak Up” offers simple advice on how you can make your care a positive experience. Research shows that patients who take part in decisions about their healthcare are more likely to have better outcomes.
“Speak Up” means:
Seeking education about your medical issues and your treatment allows you to be a better partner in your care. Good communication with your healthcare team benefits everyone. Letting us know your issues and concerns
helps us in your care and also keeps you involved as an active partner. Feel free to ask your nurse and other members of the healthcare team to address your concerns.
Know what medications you take and why and when you take them
Check and double check identification
Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection. HSS ASC of Manhattan staff members are aware of this and will clean their hands with either soap and water or a sanitizing solution (Purell) before and after they provide care for you. If you have not seen someone on your healthcare team wash their hands, we suggest that you ask them to do so.
Remembering these things and making sure to press the call bell when you want to move about will help you to stay safe and have a good recovery.
Your Partners in Care and Safety
Now that you have reviewed this information, you have learned many ways to keep yourself safe throughout your time at the HSS ASC. Of course, you are not alone in this effort. Your healthcare team and the entire staff at the HSS ASC are committed to excellence in all that we do. As such, it is our goal to ensure the highest level of safety for our patients. Remember, “Speak Up”, ask questions, share concerns and be mindful of your surroundings. We welcome you as partners in your care and we look forward to getting you up and moving, safely, to a better quality of life.
HSS ASC of Manhattan (“HSS ASC”) is a participating provider in a growing number of health plan networks. View the list of the insurance plans in which we participate. It is important to check whether we participate in the specific plan by which you are covered.
Certain licensed facilities are required by law to make available information about the fees you may be billed that may not be covered by your healthcare plan. To obtain an estimate and more specific information regarding charges and insurance coverage, you may contact the HSS Insurance Advisory Service. They can serve as a liaison service between you, your insurance carrier, and the HSS ASC to provide information regarding your potential out of pocket responsibilities for copayments, deductibles and co-insurance amounts. The HSS Insurance Advisory Service can be reached at 212.774.2607 or through our online form.
The physician services you receive in the HSS ASC are not included in the HSS ASC's charges. In addition to the bill for the HSS ASC facility fee, you will receive separate bills for the following services:
The above providers make their own decisions regarding participation in insurance plans and may or may not participate in the same health plans as the HSS ASC. View contact and plan participation information for these physicians and physician practice groups.
If you are concerned that you may not be able to pay in full for your care at HSS ASC, you may be eligible for financial assistance. We provide financial aid to patients based on income, assets, and needs. View information about financial assistance or contact our Financial Assistance Office at 212.606.1505