Things to remember

  • You should plan on arriving approximately one hour before your procedure is scheduled. 
  • DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight unless previously instructed otherwise by your physician or the pre-operative nurse. This includes water, gum, candy and mints. You may brush your teeth and/or rinse with mouthwash.
  • You should refrain from smoking the evening before and the morning of your procedure.
  • If you are asked to get medical clearance or pre op testing  from your Primary Care Physician, or another specialist, we will need written documentation, no later than 3 days, prior to your procedure. It is the patient’s responsibility to obtain the necessary testing done prior to your procedure.
  • If there is a change in your physical condition such as a cold, cough, fever or any change in the condition for which you are having the procedure done, please notify your physician. 
  • If you wear dentures, contact lenses, eyeglasses or other prosthesis, you will be asked to remove them prior to surgery. 
  • Do not wear any make-up, jewelry or contact lenses. Wear loose fitting, comfortable, easy on and off clothing. If you are having orthopedic surgery, wear a loose button down shirt and loose shorts or pants.
  • Please leave all your money and valuables at home.
  • Bring a list of your medications with you. 
  • Please check with your physician or your prescribing physician for specific recommendations prior to stopping blood thinning medications.
  • A registered nurse will contact you prior to the day of your procedure to go over your medical history. During the call, they will give you specific instructions regarding your procedure. Please inform the nurse of any allergies, daily medications, medical information or any change in your health history. The nurse will also inform you of the time your procedure is scheduled and what time you should arrive to the center. Take any prescription medications as instructed by the pre op nurse. 
  • If you have an implanted spinal cord stimulator, please bring your remote with you. 
  • For orthopedic or foot ankle surgery: if you were given a prescription for a walker or crutches, please bring these items with you. You will need them after your surgery. 
  • Immediately following surgery, you will be transferred to the PACU (post-anesthesia surgery care unit) for monitoring and close observation while you are recovering from anesthesia. The type of anesthesia you have received and the nature of your procedure, will determine your length of stay in the PACU. 
  • A nurse will telephone you the next day to check on your progress and to answer any questions you may have. It is very important to follow your discharge instructions as you recuperate at home.


Clifton Surgery Center
1117 Route 46 East, Suite 303
Clifton, NJ 07013
Phone: 973-779-7210

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