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Tel: 301-652-7130
Fax: (301) 652-3170
Email: info@riverroadsurgery.com

FAQ

Yes. One parent will be permitted to escort their child into the operating room.

Yes.  All of our anesthesiologist have had pediatric anesthesia training and have provided expert pediatric anesthetics for our patients as young as 9 months old.

Yes. A tour can be arranged by calling our surgery center at

(301) 652-7130. 

No. It is important that you come in with clean, dry skin, with no makeup, no moisturizers and no nail polish. These things may reduce the accuracy of the monitors used during surgery and anesthesia administration to help keep you safe.

No. All jewelry, including body piercings, wedding rings and other metal items must be removed prior to your surgery.

It varies for each patient. Keep in mind that your safety and comfort are our top priorities which mean we are looking for discharge criteria to be met rather than a time limit. Most patients meet the discharge criteria in 30 minutes to an hour.

Yes. As soon as the nurse has determined it is medically appropriate for visitors, your family/friend will be allowed into the recovery room until discharge.

Yes, if needed. We are committed to your comfort and safety and will do everything we can to ensure you are comfortable during your recovery.

Your surgeon may provide prescriptions before surgery; however, some doctors provide them the day of surgery. (Surgeon Specific)

Yes. The recovery room nurse will review the instructions, provide a written copy of all instructions, and answer any questions you and/or your family may have.

    • No. Patients receiving any sedation will not be permitted to drive themselves home. You must have a responsible adult with you to accompany you home.
    • Patients receiving local anesthesia with no visual/physical impairments may be permitted to drive themselves home following surgery.
Yes. One of the RRSC nurses will contact you the morning following your procedure.  (For Friday procedures you will be contacted Monday a.m.)

The surgery center can be contacted regarding anesthesia or nursing issues until 4:30 p.m. However, your surgeon’s office should be contacted for more specific questions and they will also have an on call service for questions that arise after hours.

You will need to contact your surgeon’s office to make that appointment. Some of the offices make the appointment prior to your surgery so be sure and check your paperwork.

Yes. In general, within the first 4-12 hours following surgery, light bland foods are recommended. (i.e. soups, Jello, toast, ginger ale, etc)

The anesthesia can remain in your system for up to 24 hours. Most people will feel the effects noticeably lessen 4-6 hours following surgery. Drinking plenty of clear fluids can help this process.

Most patients are able to walk independently, but we provide wheelchair service to your car for anyone that feels unsteady or are uncomfortable walking on their own.

    • Possibly, but our anesthesia team takes a proactive approach to this concern. Sometimes even with our best efforts, patients may still experience nausea and/or vomiting. If this happens, we will make every effort to get you comfortable and give you the best instructions for home care while you recover.
    • If the symptoms persist after discharge and you are not able to keep fluids down, notify your surgeon for further instruction.
No. You must refrain from drinking alcohol for 24 hours or as long as you are taking narcotic pain medicine.

  • No. Anesthesia can temporarily impair your ability to comprehend or remember the instructions discussed, so the responsible adult you bring with you will be asked to sign discharge paperwork.
  • Yes, only if you have received only local anesthesia with no sedation and are able to read and comprehend your discharge paperwork.