Ambulatory (Short-Term) Surgery

Our Cronin Short-Term Surgery (ambulatory surgery) Unit is designed for surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay.

For information, call: 

Why ambulatory surgery
Our facility
Visit EMMI to learn more about your surgery
Before surgery 
What to wear and bring
Instructions to follow
The day of surgery
When children are patients
Going home (Discharge)
The next day

Why ambulatory surgery
More and more surgery is available on an outpatient – or ambulatory – basis. Outpatient surgery offers the highest standards of medical care and has many advantages for patients. It’s convenient and often more economical than being admitted overnight as it allows you to go home the same day.

Our facility
With state-of-the-art technology and the latest in modern design, the newly renovated 4,500 square-foot Cronin Short-Term Surgery Unit is geared toward the patient who arrives the day of surgery and goes home the same day. We’re open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is a plush waiting room with over-sized TV screens and comfortable chairs and couches for your friends and family.  There ergonomic free-flowing layout of the unit allows for the safe and easy transport of stretchers from preoperative bays to operating rooms and recovery areas. We also have a special area designed for younger patients. Each pre-operative bay has a comfortable stretch and television available.  Our seasoned clinicians are available to answer all of your questions and concerns and keep your family or loved ones posted on your progress.  We would like your experience to be as stree-free as possible. 
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Before your surgery (Planning)Preadmission Workup/Pre-Surgical Care
Your doctor or the hospital may require certain tests before your surgery. These may include blood work, chest or other X-rays, urinalysis and an EKG to check your heart.  Your physician’s office will let you know what has to be done, and will assist you in making the arrangements. It is very important that these tests are completed prior to the date of your procedure. Pre-surgical testing should be scheduled before your procedure and can be done right in the Cronin Short-Term Surgery Unit.

Also see:  Priority Testing Services

Download the pamphlet on the Presurgical Care Center.

Insurance, billing and financial assistance matters
The Hospital of Saint Raphael’s mission is to care for all people in need, regardless of ability to pay.  Like other providers, the hospital collects co-pays from patients who have insurance, based on their insurance plan.  Please plan on paying the co-pay on the day of your visit.  It may be paid in cash, by check, debit card or credit card (Visa,MasterCard, and Discover).  If paying the co-pay presents a hardship, please call our financial counselors at (203) 789-5111 or go to
Financial Assistance Programs.

Please notify us immediately if you have a change in your insurance.  Your new plan may have authorization requirements in order for your procedure to be paid. Please also note that in addition to a co-pay for hospital services, there may be separate fees for services such as the anesthesiologist, surgeon, radiologist, etc.  In the event additional procedures must be performed in the operating room, an adjusted bill will bemailed to you.

Confirming the date, time and location of your procedure
Be sure to give your surgeon and theri office staff a reliable telephone number where we can reach you the day prior to the procedure.  One of our staff members will call you after 11 a.m. on the day before your scheduled procedure to: 

  • Review key instructions to help you prepare for your arrival in the Cronin Short-Term Surgery Unit. 
  • Please ask the staff memebers if you should bring your dentures, glasses, contact lenses and/or hearing aides with you.
  • Confirm the time you should arrive at Saint Raphael’s.
  • Please know in advance who will be bringing you and taking you home as you will be unable to drive yourself.
  • Find out if you or the person(s)who will be accompanying you have any special needs. This may include parking for specially-equipped vans, use of a wheelchair or other device formobility limitations, and/or need for a translator or services for someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Please let us know if any of these apply.

If we are unable to reach you and you do not hear from us by 1 p.m. on the day before your procedure, please call us at the Cronin Short-Term (Ambulatory) Surgery Unit: 203-789-3393 

The 24 hours before your procedure
Unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your surgery.  Similarly, do not eat or drink anything, including water, on the day of your surgery unless otherwise instructed.  If you were told to take your regular medications, please use only a small amount of water. Patients with diabetes should ask their surgeon for specific instructions. Your physician will let you know if you are to take your insulin the morning of your surgery. If you usually check your blood sugar at home, please do so before you come for your surgery.  If your blood sugar level is extremely abnormal, please call us.

You may brush your teeth, gargle, and shower on the morning of your surgery.  However, please do not wear make-up, nail polish, perfume or cologne.

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What to wear and bring:

  • wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • please do not wear makeup or jewelry
  • leave money and valuables at home.
  • if you use inhalers, please bring them with you.

Instructions for you to follow:
For your own safety and comfort, please follow these instructions:

  • If there are any changes in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever, or infection, let your surgeon know as soon as possible.
  • If it’s possible that you’re pregnant, please tell your surgeon.
  • Arrange to have a responsible adult drive you to and from the hospital on the day of your surgery. If you go home in a taxi, someone must accompany you.
  • We strongly suggest you arrange for a family member or friend to stay at home with you during the first 24 hours of your recovery.

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The day of your surgery:
Upon arrival, you will check in with clerical staff and then be brought into a private cubicle where your registered nurse will review your medical history, complete a physical assessment and start an intravenous line. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.  An anesthesiologist will then interview you.  Until your surgery, you will wait in a private cubicle where you can watch TV or read.  After surgery, you will recover in a special area where a trained nurse will care for you, watch you closely and monitor your progress. When you’re ready, your nurse will call in your visitors.  You will be offered something to drink and allowed to rest.

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When children are patients
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. While the child is in surgery, one parent or guardian must remain on the unit. Special pediatric tours of the surgical center are available. These tours include a walk-through of the unit and a question-and-answer period for parents and/or the child. To register or receive more information, call (203) 789-3393.

Visitors can wait in our waiting room where they can read, watch TV, surf the Web or visit our hospital cafeteria. The staff will inform your family members/loved ones when you’re ready for visitors.

Going home (Discharge)
Your nurse will let you know when you’re able to leave, and will explain your post-surgery instructions as well as give and review your prescriptions. You’ll receive a copy of these instructions to take home. Whoever takes you home will bring the car to the discharge area; we’ll bring you to that area in a wheelchair or escort you right to your car.

Saint Raphael’s has an on-site retail pharmacy that provides prescriptions and over-the-counter medications at competitive prices.  Many patients (and their families) find it convenient to get prescriptions filled before leaving the hospital. 

Our new Concierge Program fills patients’ prescriptions and delivers them right to the bedside before discharge. For information on the Concierge Pharmacy Service, call 203-789-4076. If you’d like to use this service, please be sure to bring your insurance prescription identification card with you.  If you’d like to pick up your prescription the pharmacy is located on the first floor adjacent to the cafeteria.

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The next day
Thank you for choosing Saint Raphael’s for your surgical procedure.  Your well-being and recovery are important to us. A member of our staff will call you the day after your surgery to see how you’re feeling and to determine if we have met your needs and expectations. 

Please bring your parking ticket to be validated when you check in.  For each outpatient surgery patient, free parking for your designated driver will be provided.  Please have them park in the George Street garage. The entrance to the Cronin Short-Term Surgery Unit is located on Level 3A.  When entering from the George Street Garage, turn right, go through the door, down the ramp to the Unit on the left.

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Page last updated on Jun. 24, 2011