Day of Surgery


  • Plan to arrive at the scheduled time provided to you during your pre-op phone call.  Your prompt arrival will allow the required time to complete your paperwork
  • If you will be having anesthesia, you must have a responsible adult bring you in and take you home. If you have no driver, your appointment will be canceled. If using public transportation, (taxi, Logisticare, etc.) you must have a family member accompany you. You may travel unattended if using a medical cab. If transporting a child in need of a safety restraint (car seat or booster), please make certain to bring this with you to ensure a safe discharge.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications or herbal supplements and any drug allergies. If you are taking Coumadin, Plavix, Aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication (i.e. ibuprofen or Aleve), please make certain your surgeon is aware and has given you instructions about these medications. Please also let us know if you think you may be pregnant.
  • Leave all valuables and jewelry at home.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing such as elastic waist pants, a t-shirt and slip-on shoes.
  • Please do not wear makeup, nail polish, perfume or hairspray.
  • Do not eat solid food or drink fluids after midnight the night before your scheduled procedure. This includes water, gum or candy. During your pre-op call, you will receive specific instructions regarding medications.
  • You will need to bring your insurance card(s), including Medicare, along with a photo ID.
  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover and Care Credit are accepted by the facility. Debit cards, cash, cashier’s checks, certified checks and money orders are also accepted.
  • If you are a self-pay patient, we require that you pay for your service on or before the date of your appointment unless other arrangements have been made.
  • We at North Haven Surgery Center will do our best to work with you to make appropriate financial arrangements; however, these arrangements must be finalized before the date of your appointment and approved by our Administrator. If you have questions about financial arrangements, please call us at 203.234.7727.


  • Arrangements should be made for the care of siblings as your child having the surgery will require your full attention.
  • Encourage your child to bring a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket for added comfort.
  • Please bring the following items with you: diapers, a pacifier, change of clothing and either a bottle or sippy cup for after surgery if they cannot drink from a regular cup.
  • We require that Parents/Guardians remain in the facility while the child is having surgery.
  • Parents/Guardians will be asked to wear an identifying bracelet with the same information contained on the child’s bracelet. Bracelets may be removed once your child is discharged from the facility.
  • Parents/Guardians may be with the child during both pre-op and recovery periods as soon as the anesthesiologist and recovery nurse determine it is appropriate.
  • All instructions regarding eating, drinking and arrival time will be reviewed the day before surgery during the pre-op phone call.

After Surgery

  • The amount of time spent in recovery varies from patient to patient. After your procedure, a nurse will monitor your vital signs and make sure you are alert and stable. You will be sent home as soon as it is determined that it is safe to discharge you from the facility.
  • If you received sedation or general anesthesia, it is recommended that you rest the remainder of the day following your procedure. Although you may feel normal, your reflexes and mental ability may be impaired.
  • Do not consume alcohol, drive, operate machinery, or make important personal or business decisions for 24 hours as the effects of sedation or anesthesia can last for more than 24 hours.
  • You may feel dizzy, lightheaded or sleepy for 24 hours or longer. Also, if you received general anesthesia, it is normal to experience generalized aching and sore muscles for 24 hours.
  • You may experience a sore throat.
  • A nurse will call you the next business day regarding your recent procedure.

In case of an emergency, immediately call 911 or go to a local hospital emergency room.

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