It is very important that you read all of the instructions now, including those regarding the day of surgery and the period after surgery. It is also very important that you follow all of these instructions.
Prior to your surgery, a registered nurse will contact you by phone. The nurse will ask for a brief medical history, review instructions and confirm your surgical appointment and arrival time. You may call 201-634-5307, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. if you have any questions about your surgical procedure. Please make a list of medicines you take and include the dosage. You will need this information for your pre-operative interview.
You can have your pre-admission testing performed at the Luckow Pavilion within 30 days of your surgery date. If you are taking blood thinners, additional lab work may be necessary closer to your procedure date. Please call 201-634-5315 Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to make an appointment. In addition, please discuss with your surgeon if medical consultation (a physical exam by your primary care physician) is necessary. Medical consults, EKG results and lab results can be faxed to 201-634-5498.
Although many patients choose the Jaqua Same Day Service Center to perform their pre-admission testing, some patients utilize other facilities in the area. If you choose to use another facility, it is your responsibility to ensure that all test results have been seen by your primary care physician and your surgeon.
Please work with your primary care physician and your surgeon to make sure that your results (lab work, EKG and medical consultation if necessary) are at Luckow Pre-Admission Testing prior to your surgical date. If you have any questions, we ask you to contact your primary care physician’s office and your surgeon’s office directly. Test results must be faxed to the Luckow Pavilion at 201-634-5498 and to your surgeon’s office.
If you take a daily aspirin, or if you take a blood thinner (such as coumadin), you must talk with your surgeon and primary care physician to see if you should stop taking it before surgery. If you have diabetes, you must talk with your primary care physician regarding your diabetic medication for the day of surgery. DO NOT STOP TAKING ANY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON.
Before surgery, you will be asked to remove dentures, contact lenses, eyeglasses and hairclips. You must remove all jewelry and body piercings regardless of the procedure site. Remove nail polish if surgery is being performed on your hands or feet.
Contact your surgeon’s office if you develop a cold, sore throat, cough, fever or any other illness, or if you must cancel surgery for any other reason.