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:
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.
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:
A Patient Access Team member will call you to obtain demographic and insurance information. It is important that you have your most recent insurance card available so you can give the Registrar the following information: insurance address, phone number, group number, policy holder and policy ID or member number.
You can call us at 443-643-3646 and we can arrange to do your phone interview with you at your convenience.
We could arrange to do your Pre-registration at the same time as your pre-operative phone assessment. Please ask the nurse to connect you with Surgery Registration at the end of your call.
Your insurance company may require that your procedure be pre-authorized prior to your surgery. The information you provide to your surgeon and the Pre-Registration team will greatly assist us in making this happen! Please make sure that we have you current insurance policy or member ID#, group number.
Sugery Copay -
Some insurance policies assign a patient copayment for an outpatient surgical procedure. Copays can be paid in advance by making a secure online payment at the Upper Chesapeake Health website. (you will need your account number) or the Registrar will collect it from you on the day of surgery.
Please complete the Patient Surgical Assessment form you will receive during your visit with the surgeon and return it to the office staff prior to the end of your appointment.
A medical History and Physical is required for your procedure. Please make an appointment with your family doctor to have a history and physical completed. If you do not have a family doctor, a presurgical history and physicals for adults 15 years of age and older may be scheduled at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by calling Schedule First at (443)843-7000 to arrange for an appointment. The pre-surgical history and physical will need to be completed no more than thirty (30) days and no less than seven (7) days prior to your surgery.
Depending on your medical history, you may be required to have a Pre-Surgical Heart and/or Lung Evaluation. Please inform your family doctor or the physician completing your history and physical about any heart or lung problems you may have had in the past.
Blood work, EKG (electrocardiogram), and/or Chest X-ray may also be required. Your Surgeon and family doctor will order the appropriate tests for your surgery based upon your surgical procedure and medical history. You will need to make an appointment to have the required pre-surgical tests. Your insurance should be reviewed to determine where you have the best coverage for your pre-surgical testing. If your insurance coverage allows, testing may be completed through Upper Chesapeake Pre-Surgical Services Departments. If you would like to schedule an appointment in one of our Pre-Surgical Services Departments, please call Schedule First at (443) 843-7000; Monday-Friday 8a.m.-4p.m.
Please see the brochure, Preparing for Your Surgery, for further details.
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.
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.
Please dress comfortably.
Bring the written reports of all pre-operative studies/tests if completed at a facility other than Harford Memorial Hospital or Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
Bring your insurance information, including ID card and forms that are necessary to register with the Admitting Office.
Bring your medications in their original containers for the nurse to record on your database.
Please have the locations of all pre-operative studies / tests that have been completed and the date they were performed available.
Have your insurance information available to verify the information.
Have your medications available so that you can read the inforamtion to the Nurse conducting your interview.
If you have any questions related to your procedure or the surgical process write them down and have your notes available so you do not forget to ask the Nurse.
In preparation for your Pre-Surgical Testing health assessment, we will ask you to complete some information.
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.
Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after the time given to you by your physician or the surgical team nurse.
Ask your physician for specific instructions regarding diet restrictions or if pre-operative tests or assessments are needed.
Bring all medications with you in their original containers. This includes any herbal remedies that you take routinely. Please ask the physician if you should take your routine medications (insulin, blood pressure pills or heart medicine) on the day of surgery.
As a part of your education process, practice taking deep breaths and coughing to exercise your lungs prior to your surgery date.
Notify your physician before your surgery date if you develop any signs of illness such as fever, sore throat, infection, difficulty breathing or chest pain.
If you are hospitalized for any reason prior to your surgery date, notify your surgeon.
Notify your surgeon's office immediately.
Please do not bring sick or unsupervised children with you on the day of surgery
If you are having an outpatient procedure make sure you have a responsible person to drive you home and stay with you after surgery.
Wear clothing that is loose fitting and comfortable. Flat slip-on shoes are a great idea. Please leave jewelry (including any body jewelry) and other valuables at home. Do not wear makeup, fingernail or toenail polish or contact lenses.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, unless instructed otherwise by your physician.
Do not smoke after midnight.
Please bring your insurance forms and cards with you.
If you have Advance Directives, please bring them with you.
Please be prompt and arrive at the scheduled time you have been given.
A physical assessment will be done by a nurse upon your arrival. She will verify your medical history, explain procedures and answer your questions as you prepare for surgery. Your family may remain with you during this time.
You may be asked to sign additional consent forms.
You will meet with your Anesthesiologist and/or Nurse Anesthetist.
Your surgical incision site will be cleanssed using two soft cloths to decrease the risk of infection after your surgery. If your surgery is on an area of your body by a mucous membrane or your eyes then the cloths will not be used.
The site of your surgery will be marked on your skin by your surgeon.
You will meet the Registered Nurse that will be taking care of you in the Operating Room.
When you leave for the operating room, your family will be directed to the surgical waiting room. They will be given a card with a number on it to use with an electronic board in the waiting room. We use a number so that your name is not displayed and to protect your privacy. This tracking board will give your support person information. They will know when you are in the Operating Room and when you are in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. If you are going to be admitted and your room assignment is made, the room will be displayed on the board. If you are an out-patient and going home the same day, the board will indicate when you are in phase two recovery. The phase two recovery time is when your support person will be brought back to review the home care instructions with you and your Nurse.
You must have a responsible adult drive you home after recovery from general anesthesia or sedation.
Do not make any important decisions or sign any documents for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
Your physician will give you written instructions. Be sure that you understand and follow them.
A nurse will review these instructions with you before you leave the facility. At this time, he/she will answer any questions or concerns that you might express.
Have all prescriptions filled promptly and take them according to directions.
You may be drowsy for up to 24 hours.
Plan to rest quietly at home. Restrict your activities
DO NOT go up and down stairs alone.
DO NOT smoke if you are alone.
DO NOT drive.
DO NOT make any important decisions until the day after the surgery.
The day after your surgery, a surgical team nurse will contact you by phone to see how you are doing and answer any questions you may have.
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.