Before Your Surgery
If you have any questions or concerns about your health care, it is important to speak with your health care provider.
Consent for Medical Procedures
Your surgeon will discuss the details of your operation with you prior to your surgery. Please feel free to ask any questions regarding your procedure, and follow your surgeon's advice before and after your surgery. Before any major medical procedure can be initiated, you or an authorized member of your family will be asked to sign a consent form. You are entitled to a full explanation of your diagnosis, treatment plan and prognosis, as well as the risks, benefits and alternatives associated with your care. If you do not understand what is being recommended, or if you are uncertain about whether you want the procedure, as your physician or nurse.
Your physician will give you instructions an pre-admission forms. It is very important that you complete these forms, and that your physician return them to the Admitting Office at least 7 days before your scheduled surgery. If additional information is needed, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Admitting Office will call you.
A complete set of instructions about your presurgical testing requirements will be given to you by your doctor. NYEE requires your medical history and the results of a physical examination completed within 30 days prior to the date of your surgery. In some cases, you may need an EKG (also done within 30 days) and /or a chest X-ray taken within the last six months. Your surgeon or internist will arrange for your physical examination and any necessary diagnostic tests. Your doctor may request same-day surgery testing. This will be completed after your admission and prior to surgery.
Remember to contact your insurance company 7 to 10 days prior to the date of surgery to advise them of your scheduled surgery and to confirm coverage. You should check for and verify any co-pays and/or deductibles you will have to pay at the time of your admission. If you have any questions regarding your insurance coverage, please call the Financial Screening Office at (212) 979-4311 or 4309.
If you need an interpreter, both foreign language and sign language interpreters are available. Please call (212) 979-4306 if you need a foreign language interpreter, or (212) 979-4473 if you need a sign language interpreter.
ADA-compliant telephones can be made available to patients while in the hospital. Please notify the Admitting Office at (212) 979-4306 in advance.
What to Tell Your Physician
In order to assure your safe care, it is important for you to provide the following information to your physician prior to surgery:
- Allergies: Do you have any allergies to foods or medications or dyes used in diagnostic tests?
- Latex allergy: Have you ever reacted to latex products, such as gloves, rubber balloons or other items?
- Do you take medications regularly? This includes over-the-counter medications (e.g., aspirin and ibuprofen), herbal remedies (e.g., St. John's Wort), nutritional supplements, pain medication and/or prescription medication. Please know the name(s) and dosage(s) of these medication(s). Bring them with you on the day of surgery.
- Do you smoke?
- Do you drink alcohol?
- Do you use recreational or "street" drugs?
- Do you have other health problems, such as diabetes, heart problems or high blood pressure?
- Have you had surgery before?
- Have you had anesthesia before? How did you react?
- Is it possible that you are pregnant?
When you are admitted, you receive an assessment and nutritional screening. When indicated, you will get a referral for a consultation with the Registered Dietitian. Your doctor or nurse can also request nutritional counseling. A referral and appointment are needed. Call the office of Nutrition and Food Service at (212) 979-4338.