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 Frequently Asked Questions  

The most important way to prepare for a surgery or procedure is make sure all your questions are answered and you understand your pre and post op instructions. This section provides information to help make your experience at our facility as successful and positive as possible. The staff is happy to answer your questions, so do not hesitate to ask. Your comfortability is a priority to us.

Why shouldn’t I eat after midnight?

These restrictions are very important for your safety when you undergo anesthesia. If you do not follow these restrictions, your surgery could be cancelled. After midnight the night before your surgery, please do not consume the following:

  • Food of any type, including hard candy, cough drops, and mints

  • Beverages, including coffee, water, and soda

  • Gum

Can I chew gum or suck on a hard candy the morning of surgery?

No. Chewing gum or sucking on a hard candy will stimulate the stomach to produce gastric contents and this will put you at risk for aspiration.

Can I eat after surgery?

Yes, you can eat unless your doctor states otherwise. You will be served a small snack before you are discharged.

Should I shower and brush my teeth the morning of Surgery?

Yes. You should shower with an antibacterial soap the morning of surgery. Please brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water or toothpaste. You may also rinse your mouth.

Can I drive myself home?

No. If you’ve had anesthesia, we cannot let you drive home. You will need a family member, friend or driver to bring you home from the facility.

Will I be responsible for any fees?

Medical patients may be responsible for a co-pay or deductible.  Pathology and anesthesiology are typically an in-network provider.  Cosmetic surgery is elective, therefore, cosmetic patients are responsible for all fees, including surgeon, facility and anesthesiology.

What should I bring with me the day of surgery?

  • Insurance card and driver’s license

  • Glasses, walkers, hearing aids, anything that you need on a regular basis

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing


  • Watches, rings, jewelry and wallets

  • Large amounts of cash

Why do I have to wait until the day before my surgery to learn the time of my surgery?

The surgery schedule is finalized the afternoon before, as there may be additions and cancellations.

If I need to cancel my surgery. Who do I call?

Please call your surgeons office or you may call us at 973-301-0500 so that we can reschedule your surgery date.

Why have I received 4 bills for my surgery?  

Services performed are billed separately.  You can receive up to four bills for services from the following:

Eltra Surgery Center, Your Surgeon, Morris Anesthesia Group and New York Eye and Ear at Mt. Sinai.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Eltra Surgery Center accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover as well as personal checks and cash.  Please contact your Surgeon's billing department, Morris Anesthesia Group billing department and New York Eye and Ear at Mt. Sinai's billing department with questions regarding their accepted forms of payment. 

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