Norwalk Hospital’s board-certified surgeons perform many advanced surgical procedures on an outpatient basis (also called ambulatory surgery or same-day surgery). We do outpatient surgery at two locations: the main hospital, 5thFloor, McGraw Center, and at our Ambulatory Surgery Center, 40 Cross Street in Norwalk.
With today’s innovative medical technologies and techniques, including minimally invasive surgery, many complex surgeries can be done with smaller incisions, resulting in less bleeding, fewer complications and faster healing. Another benefit is that you can recover safely and more comfortably at home.
Your surgeon will discuss your options and make arrangements to schedule your outpatient surgery. Please take care to follow all pre- and post-operative care instructions faithfully.
Before Your Surgery
Your surgeon will provide comprehensive instructions for pre-operative preparation.
You’ll receive a phone call the day before your surgery to confirm and validate the time of your surgery; please arrive at the hospital two hours ahead of time to allow for a pre-operative workup, including blood draws and IV.
You must make arrangements to have a responsible adult drive you home after your outpatient surgery. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home or to take public transportation or a taxi. If you do not have a responsible adult to drive you home afterward, your surgery may be cancelled.
Follow instructions about eating, drinking and taking medications the day and evening before your surgery. You may brush your teeth before you leave home but do not swallow any water or toothpaste.
Bring along comfort items (for pediatric patients) and essentials (dentures, eyeglasses, etc.). Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes. Bring the name and contact information of your driver.
Leave valuables, cash, credit cards and jewelry at home; do not bring them to the hospital. Remove body piercings and wedding bands before you leave home. Do not wear contact lenses, dark nail polish, makeup, jewelry or hair pins.
At the Hospital
When you come to the hospital, please follow the signs to the Visitor Parking Garage on Maple Street. After you park, look for the North Elevator and follow the signs for the McGraw Center. If you need assistance, you can use the valet services located at the main entrance to the hospital. We have a new security procedure in place so be sure to bring your driver’s license or photo ID. All patients and visitors need to show an ID when entering the hospital. Report to the Registration desk on the 1st floor, McGraw Center. Then, you will check in on the 5th floor, Ambulatory Surgery.
Once you are called into the pre-operative area, you’ll need to say goodbye to any family members; the ambulatory nurse will complete your admission, ask you questions and arrange for you to meet with the medical team who will care for you, including the anesthesiologist, OR nurse and surgeon.
Your medical team will describe each step of the process and you will remain under their care until you awaken and your vital signs stabilize. When you are ready you will be escorted into the Ambulatory Discharge area, where you’ll be given something to drink. You will be asked to rest comfortably under the observation of an anesthesiologist. Your vital signs will continue to be monitored until you are safe to leave. This may happen as quickly as 30 minutes or it may take several hours, depending on your recovery.
You’ll be given discharge information and prescriptions. If you find it convenient, you can have your prescriptions filled in the Norwalk Hospital SWC Pharmacy, located in our main lobby, so they are ready to take home when you leave.
When you are ready to go home, a friend/family member should drive up to the Hospital’s main entrance on Maple Street and, when there, call 203-852-2150 to let the nurse know that he/she is at the entrance. You will be transported by wheelchair to meet your driver.
After You Leave
For 24 hours, follow these rules:
- Do not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery for at least 24 hours.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages, including beer or wine.
- Make sure someone is at home with you.