Frequently Asked Questions

What medication(s) can I take leading up to surgery?

Do not take any herbal or diet medications prior to surgery. It is recommended that you stop using these 2 weeks before surgery. Please check with your physician regarding any prescription medication that you take.  

You will be asked to bring a list of your current medication(s) on the day of surgery. This includes prescription, over the counter, herbal medications, and vitamins.

Click here for more detailed information about managing medication.

Can I eat dinner the night before my surgery?

Yes, you can eat the night before. But, it is very important that you do not eat or drink anything after midnight – not even water – unless otherwise instructed by the nurse. You are allowed to brush your teeth the morning of the surgery.

What should I wear to my surgery?

Please wear loose and comfortable clothing that can be easily removed as you will be asked to change into a gown. If you are having hand surgery, wear something with large, flexible sleeves. If you are having leg or foot surgery, wear shorts or very loose pants. Please remove nail polish for finger, hand, and foot surgeries.  Do not use cosmetics, make-up, or hairspray. Leave money, jewelry, and other valuables at home. Please remove all jewelry, including body piercings. If not, the center will ask you to remove them.You can brush your teeth the morning of surgery.

When should I arrive?

A nurse from the Orthopedic Associates Surgery Center will call the day prior to surgery, between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm to discuss pre-operative instructions and questions regarding your medical history. 

Please call us after 2 pm on the business day prior to your surgery to find out your arrival time.

Can I pay my bill online?

We now offer online bill pay. Click here to pay your bill. For information about billing and insurance, please click here.

Can I complete register information online?

While we do collect your history, your physical, and pre-op workup from your surgeon’s office, the Surgery Center is required to conduct our own interview with you to confirm your complete health history. Our anesthesia team reviews it and ensures you are qualified for outpatient surgery.  We offer an easy to use tool called Simple Admit which allows us gather the necessary information we need to ensure we are providing you the best and safest care. If you have been given instructions to complete this online patient assessment, please complete it prior to surgery.

Where Do I Park?

We offer free and convenient parking. When you arrive for surgery, please turn left into the first driveway. Park to the far left of the building. The entrance is in the left corner under a covered walkway. If you are coming for a medical appointment or physical therapy, parking and entrance are in the back of the building.

Who do I call if I have a problem?

Our Surgery Center is open from 6:00am to 5:30pm. We can be reached at our main number: (860) 529-0295.

If you need to contact your doctor or a member of our team after business hours or on weekends, please call (860) 549-3210. Our answering service is available 24/7 and can direct you.

For medical emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

We also offer walk-in urgent care on nights and weekends in Farmington and Glastonbury. Call (860) 244-8888 or click here for hours and locations.