What is an Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC)?

Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) are facilities where surgeries which do not require a hospital inpatient admission are performed. They provide a safe, cost-effective, caring and convenient environment that is less stressful than a large hospital environment.

What time is my surgery?

Surgery Center staff will call you the day before your surgery to tell you what time to arrive. If you have not received a call by 2:00pm on the day prior to surgery, please telephone The Surgery Center at (603) 578-5107 to ask about your surgical and arrival time.

What should I do if something comes up and I need to cancel my surgery?

Please call both your surgeon’s office and The Surgery Center of Greater Nashua at (603) 578-9909 as soon as possible. If you call after hours, an answering service will take your message.

How do I know if my insurance company will cover my surgery?

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 department will be happy to help you.

Will I be able to drive after my surgery?

If you are having surgery under anesthesia, with the exception of local anesthesia, you cannot drive, and must be accompanied home by a responsible adult. This policy is for your safety, and is strictly adhered to. You cannot take a taxi home, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.

Will my family be able to visit me immediately after my procedure?

Due to the need for privacy, we suggest that a limit of one or two family members visit the patient during the postoperative phase. We are happy to give family members waiting in reception periodic updates on the patient’s condition.

Who will provide my anesthesia services?

Anesthesia services at The Surgery Center of Greater Nashua are provided by North American Partners in Anesthesia. You will have a board certified/board eligible anesthesiologist and nurse caring for you throughout your stay.

When will I meet my anesthesiologist?

Your anesthesiologist will interview you prior to your surgical procedure, and ask questions about your medical history and review any pre-operative testing you had performed. Together, with your anesthesiologist and surgeon, a plan will be developed. You should feel free to discuss any concerns you may have about your care during your visit.

What is different about ambulatory anesthesia?

Your anesthetic plan, that is discussed with you prior to surgery, is tailored to you to ensure you will be able to go home soon after your operation is completed. Special anesthetic techniques are used to provide a swift recovery from the effects of anesthesia.

What types of anesthesia might I receive?
  • General anesthesia – Under general anesthesia, you are asleep and your whole body is free of 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 the entire area of your body affected by the surgery is made free of pain. 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, but the body part being operated on will be numb to pain.
What are common side effects?

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.

Will I be billed separately by the Anesthesiologist?

If you receive anesthesia, you will be billed separately by North American Partners in Anesthesia for their professional fees. Their fees are separate from The Surgery Center of Greater Nashua facility fees. If you have any questions regarding anesthesia charges, please call (516) 945-3000.

Can I have an Advance Directive?

The Surgery Center of Greater Nashua respects the rights of our patients to make decisions regarding advance directives and resuscitation efforts. We will ask our patients to provide us with a copy of their advance directive which will be placed with their medical record.

Do you have forms in other languages?

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.

Additional Information

It is very important that you are well prepared for your upcoming surgery. Please review the For Patients section of this website for detailed instructions regarding your surgery.