Planning For Your Procedure

By following the simple guidelines below, you can help us ensure your comfort and safety.

Pre-Operative Testing
Your doctor may require lab work, an EKG or other tests to ensure you are healthy enough for surgery. This must be completed at least five days before surgery.

Medication Review
You must discuss all medications you are currently taking with your doctor prior to surgery.

Arrange for Transportation and Care
No patient having anesthesia or sedation will be allowed to drive themselves home. You must have a responsible adult with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Taxis are NOT acceptable for transportation home unless you are accompanied by another responsible adult.
For safety reasons, a child must be accompanied by TWO adults. The driver should not be caring for a child who has received anesthesia.

The Surgery Center of Orthopedic Associates will contact you with your arrival time
Our nurses will call you pre-operatively with your arrival time and time for the anticipated start of the procedure. If you have any questions please call (845) 454-0120.

Refrain From Eating or Drinking
You may NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless directly instructed otherwise by our office.

Day Of Surgery

In order to ensure a timely, safe and comfortable experience, please remember the following:

  • Wear casual, loose fitting clothing so you will be comfortable after surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup or dark fingernail or toenail polish.
  • Glasses, contacts, hearing aids, and dentures must be removed prior to surgery.
  • Do not bring any unnecessary valuables (i.e., money, jewelry, credit cards).
  • Remember to bring identification and insurance cards. You must also bring your referral, if required by your insurance.
  • Bring a favorite toy or blanket for small children.
  • Do not bring any other small children (siblings) to the procedure.
  • Pre-Operative Review: Our staff will review your personal history, the pre-surgical checklist items, what you can expect regarding the procedure, discharge plans and care after surgery. Please feel free to ask ANY questions or discuss any concerns. Be sure to indicate any medical issues you may be experiencing as well as any medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, you may be taking.
  • Meeting with your Anesthesiologist: Your Anesthesiologist will discuss your anesthesia plan and review your medical history the morning of surgery.
  • Discharge

    After your surgery, you will be taken to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), where we will continue to monitor your recovery.

    Your surgeon and/or anesthesiologist will determine when you are ready to be discharged. Before leaving, a nurse will review written instructions with you for your follow-up care at home. Feel free to ask any questions.

    It is highly recommended that you have another adult with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. They can also assist you in filling any prescriptions provided by your doctor after surgery. You should not drive, operate machinery, drink alcohol or take drugs other than those prescribed by your physician for the first 24 hours.


    1910 South Road, Suite C
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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    Phone: 845-218-4211

    Mon: 7:00AM - 3:00PM
    Tue: 7:00AM - 3:00PM
    Wed: 7:00AM - 3:00PM
    Thu: 7:00AM - 3:00PM
    Fri: 7:00AM - 3:00PM
    Sat: Closed
    Sun: Closed