Before Your Surgery

Surgery can be a stressful experience regardless of your age; whether it is your first time or second or third. You can rest easy with the knowledge that the team of friendly and competent professionals at West Shore Surgery Center will care for you with respect and compassion, focused on your successful surgical outcome.

You will receive a phone call the day prior to your surgical procedure (Friday for Monday’s procedure). Please be prepared to discuss the current medications you are taking as well as your medical history. The nurse will tell you what time you are expected to arrive and answer any questions you may have. It is extremely important that you receive your preoperative instructions. To facilitate our ability to get in touch with you, please make sure your physician has all of your contact information including your cell phone numbers.

The following list of instructions is provided to ensure your safety and provide a smooth admission process:

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight unless instructed otherwise by your doctor or the surgery center staff.  This includes gum, mints, lozenges, hard candy and chewing tobacco.
  • Do not consume alcohol 24 hours prior to your arrival.
  • Stop smoking after midnight.
  • Complete the medication reconciliation form and the anesthesia health history provided to you by your doctor.  If you do not have these forms, you can download them from our library of forms.    Link to library forms.
  • Notify your physician if there is a change in your physical condition such as a cold, rash, sore throat, cough, fever or upset stomach.  If you need to cancel your surgery please notify West Shore Surgery Center and your physician’s office.  
  • It is your responsibility to make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home after your surgery, which is required by Pennsylvania Department of Health regulation.  Your driver should be 18 years or older and must remain in the facility.  You may use public transportation if you are accompanied by a responsible adult companion.  Failure to arrive with a responsible adult companion may result in cancellation of your procedure.


Be Prepared: download the West Shore Surgery Center Patient Surgery Guide. Get it Here. (PDF)