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Patient Information

Greenspring Surgery Center is Medicare-certified and also a recipient of the highest level of certification from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Conveniently located near I-695, our center offers unsurpassed comfort for patients and their families. Procedures performed at our center do not require overnight stays or extended recovery periods at a hospital. In fact, all of our patients can return to their homes within a few hours of their procedures.

From soothing decor and advanced equipment to a caring, specially trained nursing staff, Greenspring Surgery Center has been strategically designed to offer the most successful surgical outcomes in the least stressful setting.

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At Greenspring Surgery Center, we provide a range of surgical procedures including:

  • Arthroscopic procedures including knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, and wrist
  • Ligament repair and reconstruction
  • Shoulder impingement treatment
  • Foot and ankle procedures
  • Pain management procedures including facet joint injections and epidural steroid injections
  • Fracture care
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Trigger finger
  • Upper extremity care including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers
  • Lumbar and cervical spine surgery

Procedures performed at our center do not require overnight stays or extended recovery periods at a hospital. In fact, all of our patients can return to their homes within a few hours of their procedures.

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Preparing for Surgery:

Your physician will schedule your procedure with Greenspring Surgery Center staff. A member of our staff will call you before your day of surgery to review your health history and pre-admission testing requirements, if necessary, and to confirm appointment times and tell you when to arrive.

Remember you must have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery unless you have received special instructions from our staff. Our staff will also instruct you regarding your daily medications.

Please make arrangements to have a responsible adult drive you to and from the Center. It is helpful to have this person at the Center to review your discharge instructions.

Please dress for comfort. You may need to change into a patient gown at the Center. Do not wear any jewelry or bring valuables. Please bring your insurance card and some form of picture identification.

We are here to meet your needs. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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What is anesthesia?

Anesthesia is the loss of sensation and/or consciousness by the use of medications and close monitoring. It provides comfort and maintains vital life functions during surgery and other medical procedures.

Anesthesia is used to relax (sedate) you, block pain sensations (analgesia and anesthesia), induce sleepiness and forgetfulness (amnesia) or make you unconscious for your surgery. The anesthetic option chosen for your individual procedure will be based on your physical condition in collaboration with your surgeon. According to a 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine, anesthesia care today is nearly 50 times safer than it was 20 years ago.

How do you prepare for anesthesia?

Your surgeon or nurse will give you a list of instructions before surgery. In addition, a nurse from the Surgery Center will contact you to perform a brief interview and answer any questions you may have. Based on your surgeon’s recommendations, do not eat or drink for a certain length of time before the surgery. The amount of time depends on your medical condition and the type of anesthesia that will be used. If you take any medications regularly, ask your surgeon or anesthesia provider whether you should take your medication on the day before or on the day of your surgery.

You will need to give written consent for surgery, and anesthesia, as well as to receive other necessary medications. Your surgeon will explain why your surgery is needed, what it will involve, its risks and expected outcome, and how long it will take you to recover. Your anesthesia provider will have the same discussion with you about your anesthesia care.

Who administers anesthesia?

Our staff of anesthesia physicians are all Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. The Greenspring Surgery Center anesthesia provider stays with you for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring every important function of your body and individually modifying your anesthetic to ensure maximum safety and comfort.

How do you recover from anesthesia?

Immediately after surgery, you will be taken to a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), often called the recovery room, where nurses will observe and assist in your immediate recovery. A nurse will check your vital signs, bandages and ask about your discomfort level. Some effects of anesthesia may persist for many hours after the procedure. You may have some numbness or reduced sensation in the part of your body that was anesthetized with local or regional anesthesia. Other common side effects of anesthesia are closely monitored and managed to decrease your discomfort. These side effects include:

  • Nausea and vomiting. In most cases, nausea after anesthesia can be treated and does not last long.
  • A mild drop in body temperature (hypothermia). You may feel cold and shiver when you are waking up.

As for recovering at home, a responsible adult must drive you home and remain with you until the effects of anesthesia have subsided, usually within 24 hours.

  • You will remain sleepy so plan to rest. In most cases you can resume activity in a few days.
  • Plan a light meal for after your surgery such as soup and saltines. You will start with liquids at the surgical center.
  • You may receive a prescription for medication to relieve incisional discomfort. Take any medication with a light snack.
  • Follow the instructions provided by your Surgeon. These will be reviewed with you and your caregiver by your nurse at the surgical center.
  • A member of our nursing staff will call you after your surgery to review your progress but you may contact your surgeon’s office for any major concerns you may have prior to this call.
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Pay My Bill

To make a payment via the Patient Notebook, a secure online portal, you must first log on to our dedicated website:

You simply need to complete the required fields:

  • Patient's Name
  • Email Address (for delivery of receipt)
  • Patient Account Number (to apply payment to)
  • Amount of Payment
  • Name on Card (exactly as it appears)
  • Card Number
  • Expiration Date
  • Security Code (on back of card)
  • Cardholder's Zip Code (Billing Zip Code)

Upon completing these steps, a confirmation receipt will be sent to the email address provided. Please contact us with any questions.

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