Your Procedure at Melville Surgery Center
Melville Surgery Center is a free-standing ambulatory surgery center. Our doctors prefer our facility because of the personalized care you will receive from our staff. It is a privilege to provide our services to our ever-growing family of patients, and we are pleased to welcome any new faces. Your comfort is our priority, so please, let us know what we can do to make your experience better.
In most cases, your physician will need to run tests prior to surgery. This includes blood tests, x-rays, and/or an EKG, depending on the treatment method. Tests are usually scheduled at most 30 days prior to the procedure. If you experience any changes in health or if you’re taking any medications, alert your doctor before the surgery so precautions or rescheduling can be made. A member of our friendly staff will be in touch with you to help get through the entire process leading up to surgery. They will happily address any concerns or questions you may have.
The Day Before Your Surgery
The following is a list of measures you should take 24 hours prior to surgery:
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your surgery. This includes drinking water or chewing gum.
- Arrange for transportation to our facility. In most cases, you will be sedated for your procedure and as such will be in no condition to operate a vehicle when the surgery is complete.
- If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian MUST be present on the day of surgery.
The Day Of Your Surgery
When you arrive at Melville Surgery Center, our anesthesiologist from Brookhaven Anesthesia Associates will evaluate your case in order to determine what the appropriate type of anesthesia to be used. During this examination, the doctor will answer any questions you may have, and will go over the anesthesia that will be used for your procedure. The more you know about what to expect, the more comfortable you will be, and your comfort is paramount to us.
Types of Anesthesia
Local anesthesia numbs only the area where the treatment is to be performed. This allows the patient to be awake during the procedure.
Regional anesthesia affects a larger portion of the body, as entire sections of your body are left with no sensation or pain. This also allows the patient to remain awake.
General anesthesia puts the patient to sleep. The surgery is performed while the patient is unconscious.
Forms of medication given to you during the procedure, usually in combination with local anesthesia. It’s meant to relax you further so that your experience is as comfortable as possible.
At Melville Surgery Center, we realize that children undergoing surgery have special needs. Our staff is very sensitive to these needs and will do anything in our power to make sure they are met.
Parents will be allowed to stay with children as long as possible prior to surgery, and they will be reunited after the surgery is completed. We recommend that a second adult be present on the day of the surgery, as children may need additional attention after surgery, and parents may require assistance with the drive home as a result.