• Preparing for Your Procedure

    Our complete information guide gives you many helpful details about your hospital stay in one place. Take the time to read through it before you check in and bring a copy in your bag. You’ll be glad you did.

    For more detailed information about your procedure, like how to prepare and what precautions to take, we gathered these step-by-step guidelines. Follow these guidelines to ensure your procedure is as stress-free as possible. And remember, we’re here to help you through every step. If you have questions or concerns, call 443-481-1840.

    Several Days Before Your Procedure

    Quick tip: Haven’t received a call from our Prep Team before surgery? Call 443-481-1840 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). Leave your name and phone number and we’ll return your call.

  • By the day before your procedure, you should receive a call from our Prep Team. A nurse conducts your pre-procedure interview and tells you about your specific procedure. Be ready to give the name and phone number of your primary care doctors, your allergies and your current medications.

    If you need any tests to ensure you’re in good health for your procedure, your surgeon will give you an order sheet. You may also need medical clearance from your primary care doctor and/or cardiac clearance from your cardiologist. Please schedule all testing as soon as possible. You can schedule blood work for up to 30 days before surgery and EKGs up to six months before surgery.

    If you don’t have a primary care doctor or can’t get an appointment before your surgery, call our Pre-Anesthesia Testing (PAT) Center at 443-481-3624 to request an appointment with our nurse practitioner. PAT Center hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

    If your insurance requires testing at an independent testing center, please authorize the center to fax your results to the AAMC Prep Team at 443-481-1844. Bring these items with you to the testing center:

    • Doctor’s order sheet
    • Insurance cards
    • List of medications and allergies
    • Photo ID/driver’s license

    Arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital after your procedure and have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours. For safety reasons, we cannot perform your procedure if you don’t arrange for transportation home.

    Advance directives are legal, written instructions that explain your health care decisions if you’re no longer able to speak for yourself.

    Advance directives include appointing someone as your medical power of attorney, your health care instructions and your living will.

    We partner with Anesthesia Company, LLC to staff our operating rooms. You will receive a separate bill from them for your procedure. You may want to check with your health plan about network coverage for Anesthesia Company to ensure they are in-network for you.

  • The Day Before Your Procedure

    Quick tip: Make sure the person taking you home is available and knows your schedule.

    • Double-check your arrangements and make sure you’re all set to go.
    • Receive an automated call between 2 and 4 pm the day before surgery to learn the time of your procedure and when to arrive at the hospital. If your procedure is on a Monday, your automated call comes the Friday before your procedure. Listen carefully to the entire call. If the call isn’t clear or you don’t receive a call, call one of the following:
      • For procedures in the Hospital Pavilion South: 443-481-1796.
      • For procedures in Edwards Surgical Pavilion and Endoscopy: 443-481-5700.
      • For Interventional Radiology or Cath Lab procedures in Hospital Pavilion North: 443-481-1645.
    • Follow all instructions the nurse gives you during your pre-procedure phone interview.
    • Don’t smoke or drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your scheduled procedure. We are a smoke-free campus. Visitors can buy nicotine replacement lozenges in our gift shops. For help quitting smoking, talk to your doctor or check out our smoking cessation resources.
    • Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight of the night before your procedure, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

    We strive to create a relaxed, comfortable environment for your child. If your child is scheduled for a procedure, help ease his or her worries by talking about it and allowing your child to ask questions.

    • To make your child feel more secure, bring a favorite toy or blanket.
    • You may stay with your child until surgery and rejoin him or her as soon as it’s best for their health.
    • One parent must stay in the hospital at all times while the child is in surgery and recovery. When it’s time to go home, we suggest two adults be available — one to drive and one to care for the child.

    Learn more child-friendly tips for upcoming procedures.

  • The Day of Your Procedure

    Quick tip: Wear comfortable clothing that’s easy to put on and loose enough to go over a bandage.

    • Take your medications as the nurse directed in your pre-op interview.
    • Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before. This includes water, coffee, tea, juice, gum, mints and candy. You may brush your teeth and use mouthwash in the morning, but don’t swallow anything.
    • Shower or bathe, but don’t use body lotion, perfumes or makeup.
    • Don’t wear headbands, hairpins, jewelry, contact lenses, etc.
    • Remove all body piercings.
    • Wear comfortable clothes, such as sweatsuits and button-down shirts or blouses, that are loose enough to cover a large bandage after surgery.
    • Wear comfortable shoes (no high heels).
    • Bring your photo ID (driver’s license), insurance card, living will and power of attorney, if you have them.
    • Leave all your valuables at home, such as jewelry and extra cash. However, you may want some money for incidentals. AAMC is not responsible for damaged or lost property.
    • Bring any x-rays or other papers, according to your doctor’s instructions.
    • Arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital after your procedure and have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours. For safety reasons, we cannot perform your procedure if you don’t arrange for transportation home.

  • If you’re visiting a family member at the hospital and have questions, call our Patient Advocacy team at 443-481-4820.

  • The Days After Your Procedure

    Quick tip: Choose someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery when you return home.

  • When you return home, ensure your recovery gets off to a good start by taking good care of yourself. An AAMC nurse will call you within 24 to 48 hours after your procedure to check in and answer any questions. In the days right after surgery:

    • Get plenty of rest.
    • Don’t drive a car, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, operate heavy machinery or cook for 24 hours after surgery.
    • Don’t sign any important papers or make any significant decisions as the effects of anesthesia and pain medicine may impair your thinking.
    • Follow the instructions on your discharge sheet on diet, rest, medication and activity.
    • If you’re experiencing problems, call your doctor. If you feel the problem may be an emergency, call 911.

    While many major health plans cover procedures performed at AAMC, most people owe a portion of their bill. You can pay with cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. You also receive separate bills from your doctor and for certain services you receive at AAMC, such as anesthesia, radiology, cardiology, pathology and nuclear medicine. Your insurance may not cover some of these services. If you have any questions about insurance coverage or payment, call our Patient Financial Services team at 443-481-1400.

    For cosmetic surgery procedures, you pay any fees before surgery. On the day of surgery, you can pay with cash, cashier’s checks, money orders, VISA and MasterCard. We cannot accept personal checks on the day of surgery.

    Nobody wants to feel pain. Our pain management team does everything they can to ensure your comfort. It’s important to tell us when you’re feeling pain so we can treat it quickly and effectively. You’ll receive more information about pain management when you arrive.