Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Prepare for Surgery

Important Instructions for Your Surgery

Your surgeon will discuss the specifics of your surgery, the medical restrictions you must follow and recommendations. If you continue to have questions about your procedure, or experience any change in your condition, such as a cold, cough or fever, call your surgeon prior to your surgery day.

A pre-operative nurse from Gloucester County Surgery Center will call the day before your surgery to confirm your arrival time and answer questions about the Surgery Center. The nurse will ask about your medical history, anesthesia experiences, medications and supplements, and if you have a history of sleep apnea. A business specialist will also call about your financial obligation and insurance benefits. You may be required to have an evaluation by our anesthesiologist prior to your surgery day.

Enlist the support of trusted adults. You must have a responsible adult (over 18) accompany you to the Surgery Center and drive you home after discharge. We cannot allow you to drive yourself home after discharge since you still will be affected by the anesthesia and pain medications. If you intend to use a transport service, you must have a trusted adult accompany you home with this service. During your procedure, your companion may remain in the reception room to receive updates and your surgeon’s report. Also arrange to have a trusted adult stay with you for the first 24 hours to monitor your recovery at home.

How long will my surgery take? For many procedures, patients can expect to be at the Surgery Center 3 to 4 hours from admission to discharge. This varies with each patient and type of procedure. Check with your surgeon about the specifics of your surgery.

At Home Before Surgery

  • The night before surgery, do not eat or drink anything after midnight. (May change according to the scheduled time of your surgery.) This includes water, coffee, tea, gum, mints and candy. You must have an empty stomach. Liquids or food in your stomach can cause serious (even fatal) respiratory complications.
  • If you normally take blood pressure, heart, thyroid, seizure or pain medication in the morning, take them with only a small sip of water on the morning of your surgery.
  • If you are diabetic, take half the dose of your insulin the night before your surgery. Do not take any insulin on the morning of your surgery.
  • To minimize the risk of infection, bathe or shower the night before or in the early morning. Remove nail polish.
  • Follow any other instructions you receive from your doctor.

Morning of Surgery

  • Do not drink anything unless otherwise directed. If you have been instructed to take your morning medications, take them with only a sip of water.
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that is easily removed and foldable, and flat shoes.
  • Bring cases for eyeglasses, hearing aids and dentures. Do not wear contact lenses.
  • If you have sleep apnea, bring your CPAP machine.
  • Do not wear jewelry, piercings (earrings, tongue, necklace, nose and belly rings), makeup, perfume or lotions. You may wear deodorant.
  • Leave valuables at home.

Package up and bring the following:

  • X-rays your doctor has specified
  • List of all medications with your name, dose and how often you take them
  • Driver’s license and insurance card
  • Required insurance co-payment
  • Pre-surgery documents and consents you have completed

Gloucester County
Surgery Center

163 Bridgeton Pike, Route 77
Building B
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

State of New Jersey licensed
Medicare certified
AAAHC accredited