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Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

Preoperative Instructions

Your surgeon's office may call you prior to the scheduled date or surgery to review your medical history and preoperative instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Ambulatory Surgery Center nursing staff at (212) 979-4360 or 4165, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 8 pm, or redial the main switchboard at (212) 979-4000 and ask them to page the Nursing Supervisor.

Please follow your physician's instructions carefully. It is extremely important to understand and follow these directions. They are for your safety. If these instructions are not followed, it could result in the cancellation of your surgery.

  • Do not eat or drink after 12 midnight preceding surgery, unless instructed otherwise by your physician. Do not suck on hard candy or lozenges.
  • Tell us if you have any allergies.
  • If you take daily medications, consult with both your internist and surgeon regarding whether you should take them on the day of surgery, and if so, at what time.
  • Bring any medication you may be taking with you in its prescription bottle.
  • If you take anti-depressants, anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin, Aleve, ibuprofen or Motrin), or anti-coagulants, ask your physician if you should stop them for a period of time prior to surgery.
  • If you develop a cough, cold or fever, please call your surgeon.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol 12 hours prior to an following surgery.
  • Remove nail polish and nail wrapping from all fingers prior to coming to the hospital.
  • Do not apply any makeup, cream or aftershave lotion the day of surgery.
  • Please shower and wash your hair the night before or the morning of surgery.

If Illness Develops

If you develop a cold, virus, sore throat or other illness during the week before your scheduled surgery, please contact your physician immediately. Your physician will determine whether your procedure should be rescheduled.


If you are coming in for ambulatory surgery (i.e., going home the same day of the procedure), you will require an escort to bring you home.

A Call to Confirm

If you have not been contacted by 8pm the night before your surgery, please call the Admitting Office at (212) 979-4306 until 10 pm to receive your admission time.

What to Bring

Presurgical Forms and Insurance Information

Please complete and bring with you all the forms that you received in your physician's office, as well as your insurance cards and/or forms.

Medications and Allergies

Bring a list of all your medications, times taken and dosages, as well as a list of allergies to medications, foods or other substances. Bring your medications with you.

Advance Medical Directive

Please bring any documents regarding advance medical directives, such as health care proxy form and a living will.


All legal guardians of a minor child under the age of 18, a mentally compromised adult or a foster child undergoing surgery must bring all legal/court documentation verifying his or her legal guardianship of the patient. Without legal proof of guardianship, the surgery will have to be rescheduled. All court/legal documents must be originals; copies will not be accepted. The originals will be immediately returned to you.


If you will be staying overnight in the hospital, bring an overnight bag with pajamas, robe, slippers and toiletries. 

If you are coming for ambulatory surgery, we recommend that you wear casual, comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that buttons or zips down the front and is easy to take off and put back on after surgery. Shoes should be flat and without laces.

Valuables and Personal Belongings

Leave all valuables and jewelry, including wedding rings, at home since New York Eye and Ear Infirmary cannot assume liability for personal property. Limited locker space will be made available for your belongings. NYEE is not responsible for items which are lost or misplaced.

Dentures, contact lenses, glasses and hearing aids may have to be removed prior to surgery. Since these personal items can easily be misplaced, please keep them in appropriate cases or containers (that won't be mistaken for trash) when not in use and store them in your bedside table or give them to the person escorting you. If requested, your nurse can provide special denture cups. Do not leave your dentures and/or eyeglasses on your meal tray or bed.

Discharge Planning

As a part of your total care, the team of physician, nurse, social worker and others evaluates the kinds of care you may need after discharge. Your discharge plan may include home health care services. A member of the team will make referrals to home health agencies on your behalf. You may have a preference for, or prior experience with, a specific home care agency, and may wish to utilize its services, or your insurance company may have determined the agency for you. If you do not have a preference, a member of the NYEE staff will make a referral to an agency. We have no control over the quality of care given at these agencies and neither recommend nor discourage your use of them.

Your participation in your care planning is important and will help assure a positive outcome.

Contact Us

Admitting DepartmentTel: (212) 979-4309Fax: 1-866-333-0174

Address310 East 14th Street
North Building, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10003

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