Before Surgery


Your doctor may order tests such as lab work and/or EKG to show your body is healthy enough for surgery and anesthesia. Depending on your medical history, you may need additional tests.

Before your Orthopedic Surgery

Consult your medical doctor or cardiologist if you are taking aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix, other blood thinners or herbal products. Ask if you should stop taking any of these before surgery.

If you are diabetic, contact your primary care doctor or endocrinologist for instructions regarding your medication.

If you take anti-inflammatory medicines (i.e. ibuprofen/Motrin/Advil, Aleve/Naprosyn, Relafen, celebrex, etc.), ask your surgeon if you should stop taking these medications before surgery.

Please fill prescriptions ahead of time to minimize travel time on your surgery day.

If you have Upper/Lower Limb surgery, remove all nail polish and acrylic/gel or artificial nails on the hand/foot having surgery.

If you develop a fever, cold, diarrhea, vomiting, rash or other illness, call your doctor. For your safety, your surgery may be postponed.

You must have a responsible adult drive you home after surgery. Please plan for a flexible schedule as recovery time varies with each person. For your safety, it is recommended that a responsible adult stay with you at home until you are able to care for yourself.

One business day before your surgery, please call 860-701-0140 between 1pm – 4pm to receive the time you are to arrive at the surgery center.  It is important to keep the entire day available, as we may not be able to accommodate a specific a time request.

Evening Before Surgery

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless otherwise instructed by your doctor or the Surgery Center staff. This includes water, coffee, tea, candy, mints, gum, chewing tobacco and ice chips. If you were instructed to take medication, please take it with only a sip of water. Failure to follow these instructions may result in the cancellation of your surgery.