Edgewood Surgical Hospital Surgical Services

Edgewood is a multi-specialty surgical hospital offering comprehensive and cost-effective healthcare services. Our highly skilled physicians and staff focus on excellence in surgical health care and diagnostic imaging. We have state-of-the-art operating rooms where we perform a variety of surgical services, from minor procedures to more advanced care, including:

  • Gastroenterology
    Adult & Pediatric
  • Ophthalmology / Vitreo-retinal Surgery 
  • Orthopedic / Total Joint Replacement 
  • Otolaryngology (ear/nose/throat) 
  • Podiatry

Before Your Surgery

The Day Before Surgery
You will be given specific instructions to follow regarding your diet before surgery. As a general rule, you should:

  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before surgery.
  • Not eat any solid food after midnight, including gum and hard candy.

Clear liquids may be allowed up to four hours before surgery time. Clear liquids include water, clear juices, broth, black tea, and black coffee. They do not include dairy products.

The Day of Surgery
On the day of your surgery, be sure to follow the instructions the nurse gave you for taking a preoperative shower, taking medications, and when to stop eating and drinking. A parent or guardian must accompany minors under the age of 18. You should also:

  • Arrive at the scheduled time.
  • Bring your insurance card.
  • Bring a copy of your advance directive or living will.
  • Bring any forms or x-rays that your doctor has given you to bring the day of surgery.
  • Wear casual clothing that is comfortable and easy to change.
  • Remove make-up, nail polish, and contact lenses.
  • Bring a case for your glasses or contact lenses.
  • Leave your jewelry, including body piercings, and all personal belongings at home.
  • Bring a portable music player with headset, if desired.
  • Shower or bathe prior to surgery.
  • Refrain from wearing perfumes or colognes.

If you develop a cold, fever, or change in your condition during the week before your surgery, please notify your surgeon.

If you smoke, please stop smoking 48 hours prior to surgery.


After Your Surgery

Once your surgery is complete, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU/Recovery Room) for observation by nurses specifically trained in caring for patients after anesthesia and surgery. You will stay in the unit until you are ready to be admitted to the hospital or be discharged home.

The surgeon will speak with your designated contact person after your surgery. He/She needs to let the ambulatory care nurse know where he/she will be or how to be contacted. Once you are awake your family may join you. Verbal and written instructions about medications, diet, and home care will be given to you and your caregiver prior to discharge.

“Anesthesia and nursing are specially trained and experienced in providing care not only for adult patients but also for pediatric patients.  That’s an added level of reassurance for all parents.”

– Gabriel O. Te, M.D.
Otolaryngologist (ENT) Surgeon

Please make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home upon discharge. If you are a day surgery patient you may go by taxi, but only if accompanied by a responsible adult. If you are an inpatient, please arrange a ride by 11 am on the day of discharge.

A nurse will call you the next day to check on your well being. Please take this opportunity to share any thoughts about your experience. Your feedback is important to help us best meet the needs of our patients and their families.


Pediatric Patients

We understand that children have special needs. There are things you can do to help make your child more comfortable while in the hospital:

  • Bring your child’s favorite blanket or toy.
  • Plan to stay with your child in the Ambulatory Care Unit and in the hospital throughout the operation.
  • We respectfully ask that you not bring other children into the PACU Unit.

Explain to your child that you will be able to accompany him/her to the operating room and will be present while anesthesia is given. You will also be allowed in the recovery room if your child is under the age of 12.