Outpatient Surgery Checklist

Our Outpatient Surgical Centers are committed to ensuring a healing experience provided in a supportive and caring environment. The Ambulatory Care Center at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Outpatient Surgery Units at Harford Memorial Hospital provide outpatient surgical services in an accessible, cost efficient, convenient and comfortable setting.

Patients benefit from the services and support of the hospitals. The well-being of patients and their families is paramount. From the spacious waiting rooms to the progressive Recovery Rooms, our outpatient surgery centers provide patients and families with a peaceful and comfortable environment.

For more information to help you prepare for your surgery, click the next button to view our step-by-step Preparation Guide for your outpatient surgery:

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Step 1: Preparing For Your Surgery

At Upper Chesapeake Health, we are dedicated to providing high quality surgical care in a healing and compassionate environment. The following information will assist you in preparing for your surgery or procedure.

If your surgery is scheduled for 7:30 AM, please arrive at the hospital by 6:00 AM. All other patients need to arrive two (2) hours prior to the scheduled surgery time. You may click on the link below for the location of your surgery to obtain a map indicating surgical patient parking and the registration area.

Link to parking map for HMH and UCMC

Patient Registration and Authorization of Your Procedure

The Patient Access Team Members work behind the scenes to make the surgical process go as smoothly as possible for you! We can make it faster for you to get through the Registration process on the day of your surgery by having you Pre-Register your demographic and insurance information with us prior to your surgery. Having that information completed will also enable us to obtain any pre-authorization that may be required by your insurance company. There are several ways to Pre-Register:

Pre-Registration -

Authorization -

Sugery Copay -

Patient Surgical Assessment

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Step 2: Pre-Surgical Testing At The Ambulatory Care Center.

The history and physical and pre-surgical test results must be available seven (7) days prior to the procedure. Please make sure your appointments are made far enough in advance to have the results sent to your physician's office and the hospital within this time frame.

On the day of your Pre-Surgical Testing visit or telephone interview:

In preparation for your Pre-Surgical Testing health assesment your medical history will be reviewed. Depending on your surgical procedure, a health history and your current health you will be assigned a face to face visit or a telephone assessment with a Registered Nurse.

If you are assigned an appointment for a face to face visit:

If you are scheduled for a phone interview:

In preparation for your Pre-Surgical Testing health assessment, we will ask you to complete some information.

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Step 3: Your Surgical Experience

Keeping you as comfortable as possible is a priority for the patient care team. You will be asked if you are having any pain and to identify the level on a scale from 0 to 10. Zero being no pain at all, and 10 is the worst pain you can imagine. There are several ways to make sure that you do not have pain during your surgical procedure. The Anesthesiologist and your Surgeons will decide what type of anesthesia you will have.

General Anesthesia is when you are given medications that put you in a deep sleep and a special machine will breathe for you. If you are having this type of anesthesia :

Local anesthesia is when some special medication will be injected to numb the area of your surgery. There are also special types of blocks that may be done using the numbing medication so that a larger area of your body will not feel any pain. If you are having local anesthesia or a block procedure :

Bring your medications with you

Exercise your lungs

If you become ill before surgery

If you must cancel your surgery

Children

Caregiver

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Step 4: Day Of Surgery Instructions

Before You Arrive

Checking In

Your Assessment

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Step 5: Going Home After Surgery

After Surgery

Discharge

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Step 6: Caring For Yourself At Home

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Step 7: Follow-Up

The Upper Chesapeake Health patient care team memebers at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre De Grace are looking forward to caring for you. By providing this information to you it is our goal that you feel secure and ready for your surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the location where your surgery is scheduled or send an email using the link below. We are happy to answer any questions and will get back to you as quickly as possible.

UCMC Email Link

HMH Email Link