Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) are facilities where surgeries are performed that do not need the level of care a hospital setting would provide. They provide a safe, low cost alternative to the large stressful hospital environment.

A Surgery Center staff member will call you the day before your surgery to make you aware of your arrival time, this usually occurs in the early afternoon. If you have not received a time of arrival from the surgery center please call us at (603) 218-1912.

Please call both your surgeon’s office and The Minimally Invasive Surgery Center of New England at (603) 218-1912 as soon as possible. If you call after hours, an answering service will take your message.

Please check with your insurance carrier to review your benefits and determine if pre-authorization is required. If you need assistance with this, The Surgery Center billing company may assist you.

If you are having surgery under anesthesia, with the exception of local anesthesia, you may not operate a vehicle. You must have a responsible adult escort you. This policy is for your safety.

Family is allowed in the post anesthesia care area, we ask to limit visitors and noise in this area. We are happy to give family members waiting in reception periodic updates on your condition.

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Anesthesia services at The Minimally Invasive Surgery Center of New England are provided by Amoskeag Anesthesia Group.

Your anesthesiologist will meet with you prior to your procedure in the pre-operative area. They will then go over your health form, consent, and anesthesia related concerns you may have. Together, the anesthesiologist, surgeon and you will discuss and formulate your surgical plan.

General anesthesia – Under general anesthesia, you are asleep and free from pain.

Monitored anesthesia Care (MAC) – You will be given pain medication and/or a sedative, in conjunction with a local anesthetic, to keep you comfortable during surgery.

Regional anesthesia – You remain awake, but where your surgeon makes the incision is pain free. Regional anesthetics such as spinal, epidural, or extremity block are most commonly used in surgical procedures at the Surgery Center.

Local anesthesia – You remain awake, the effected surgical area is pain free.

Mild nausea and vomiting for a day or two after surgery is not uncommon. It is more likely to occur if you have a history of nausea and vomiting with past surgeries, or if you are susceptible to motion sickness. Depending on the type of anesthesia you receive, you may experience a sore throat, headache, drowsiness, muscle ache and/or fatigue for a few days after your procedure. Please inform your anesthesia provider if you have experienced any of these symptoms in prior surgeries.

If you receive anesthesia, you will be billed separately by Amoskeag Anesthesia Group for their professional fees. Their fees are separate from The Minimally Invasive Surgery Center of New England facility fees. If you have any questions regarding anesthesia charges, please call Anesthesia billing at 800-242-1131 or Pain Management billing at 603-663-2315.

The Minimally Invasive Surgery Center of New England respects the rights of our patients to make decisions regarding advance directives and resuscitation efforts. We that you bring a current copy of your advanced directive so we may put it in your chart.

We strive to provide communication access to individuals whose primary language is not English and for those who are hearing impaired. Interpreting services for patients and their companions are available at no cost. Please ask your nurse or other Surgery Center Staff members for assistance.