Two to three weeks prior to your surgical procedure, you may be directed to make an appointment with our Presurgical Department. Presurgical Screening (PSS) is located in the main hospital on 3 West.
It is very important to eat and drink as usual on the day of your PSS visit. Do not skip breakfast or lunch.
The classes that are offered by the Patient Education Department are for patients undergoing spine surgery, total hip replacement and total knee replacement. Classes are generally scheduled on your pre-operative testing day through your surgeon's office.
The Patient Education Department has developed many educational materials and what to expect guides for other types of surgeries performed at HSS. These are reference tools designed to help guide the patient and family throughout one's recovery.
Undergoing a surgical procedure can be a stressful experience for many patients, but HSS is focused on providing you with every tool you'll need to feel at ease with your upcoming procedure. Take a look at our what to expect guide to surgery at HSS.
We believe that visitors can play a vital role in the healing process and enhance the well-being of our patients. Find out information about visiting your friend or family member at HSS.
Specialized anesthesia and pain management techniques help our patients achieve better surgical outcomes after many orthopedic procedures and also may reduce the rate of other postoperative complications.
The anesthesiologist is with the patient for the entire time. Anesthesiologists at HSS have dedicated themselves to perfecting the art and science of regional anesthesia. Regional anesthetics have been associated with a lower incidence of blood clots, reduced blood loss and quicker recovery times.
Together with our nursing specialists, relieving pain is at the core of our practice at each level of care, including our Pain Management Division, Acute Pain Service, and Recuperative Pain Medicine Service.
Our orthopedic operating rooms are as specialized as our world-class surgeons. Joint replacement surgeons perform surgeries within special enclosures in the operating room to maintain the strictest sterile environment. These important details were specified by the hospital's surgeons to help them provide the best possible results for our patients.
After your surgery, you will moved to the PACU for careful monitoring while the effects of anesthesia gradually diminish. Patients can receive a visitor to the PACU during the specific visiting times.
Take a tour of a private patient room (Classic Select)
While many patients choose to stay in semi-private inpatient rooms following surgery, HSS also has private rooms available for an additional charge. There are four different types: Classic, Classic Select, Premier and Premier Select. To learn more about these room types or to request a private room, please call our Coast to Coast Team at 212.606.1610.
Other room amenities
Early rehabilitation is important to regain your normal activities of daily living. If ordered by your physician, your rehabilitation will begin the day of or the day following your surgery by an HSS physical therapist.
Discharge time is 11:00 am. Case managers are available to assist with your discharge from the Hospital.
Postoperative Care Program
The postoperative care program (POCP) is here to help you recover safely following surgery. If you experience an issue following surgery, please contact your physician's office first. If you are unable to reach them and it is between the hours of 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday - Friday, please contact the POCP at 212.606.1188 and ask for Beeper #76697.
If you require ongoing physical therapy following your discharge, the range of options will be discussed with you while you are in the Hospital. See a complete listing of HSS rehabilitation centers.
Take a tour of our Sports Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation facilities: