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Patient Information Guide

This guidebook, Your Pathway to Recovery: Information Guide for Ambulatory and Inpatient Surgery, is designed to help patients answer any questions they may have about their upcoming surgery. Read the guide in the viewer below or download the PDF.

Please also visit our Pre-Op Education page for additional materials, including comprehensive guides on spine surgery or a total joint replacement (hip and knee).



  • About HSS
  • Your Rights, Privacy, and Safety
  • Members of the Healthcare Team
  • Preparation for Surgery and Admission
  • Your Ambulatory Surgery
  • Your Inpatient Surgery
  • Anesthesia, Pain Management, and the PACU
  • Inpatient Hospital Stay
  • Information for Visitors
  • Billing and Insurance Information
  • Providing Feedback to HSS
  • Getting to HSS & Important Telephone Numbers