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Important Information to review before your procedure

At Northern Baltimore Surgery Center, you will find the best in outpatient care and ophthalmic surgical technology. Our facility offers a relaxed, patient-focused environment, state-of-the-art equipment, convenient access, ample parking, and an experienced staff to meet your needs. If you have questions regarding our center, please call us at 410-825-3131

Before Surgery

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  • Your doctor's office will schedule surgery for you and provide you with the date and time of your procedure.

  • Once scheduled, a member of our staff will call to obtain further information. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the center and your upcoming surgery.

  • Your doctor will provide you with the required forms which will need to be completed by you and returned to us on the day of your scheduled procedure. You can also download them here. Please note, these forms must be completed for each scheduled procedure.

  • Please obtain all required eye drops as prescribed by your doctor. You should bring all of these drops with you to each of your scheduled appointments. 

  • Please follow the instructions of your doctor for obtaining a pre-operative physical and any other lab work or screenings that must be completed. If required documentation is not received by Northern Baltimore Surgery Center at least 72 hours prior to your arrival, your procedure may need to be rescheduled. You can download a pre-operative form to present to your primary care doctor here.

  • If you develop a fever, rash, or cold prior to surgery, contact your doctor at once, as your surgery may need to be rescheduled

  • Unless you are having a YAG procedure, DO NOT EAT, DRINK, or, CHEW anything after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes gum, mints, candy, and chewing tobacco.

Day of Surgery - Prior to arrival

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  • Do not eat or drink anything the morning of surgery (nothing after midnight), unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise.

  • Take your heart and/or blood pressure medications with a sip of water. No other medications should be taken unless approved by your physician.

  • You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with water, but do not swallow any of the water.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing (a short-sleeved, button front shirt is best).

  • Leave all valuables and jewelry at home.

  • If you wear glasses or contacts, bring a case to store them in.

  • Please do not wear makeup.

  • You must be accompanied by a responsible driver who should remain in the facility while you are in surgery. If this person must leave, please have them check in with the front desk prior to doing so.

Day of Surgery - Upon arrival

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*Due to Covid-19 precautions, for your safety, our processes have been modified as described below. Please know that we are are following all recommendations and directives from the Maryland Board of Heath, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and will be prepared to provide you with the safest, highest quality care you should expect.

  • Everyone who enters our facility must be wearing a mask or cloth face covering.

  • No visitors are permitted to accompany our patients into the facility unless medically necessary and pre-approved.

  • Please ring the door bell to notify staff of your arrival. One of our nurses will greet you, obtain a temperature using a contactless thermometer, ask you several screening questions and then will escort you into our facility where you will have a seat and will be provided with shoe coverings.

  • The nurse will obtain your completed paperwork as well as your photo ID and insurance/Medicare identification cards. We may have additional questions and/or forms for you to sign, depending upon the information presented. If required, please also present any payment due at this time. It is preferred that you pay in advance here on our website or by calling our billing department at 866-512-8844.

  • You will then be escorted into our pre-operative admissions area where your nurse will begin to prepare you for surgery, including verifying medical information, allergies, and medications. Your accompanying friend/family member will remain in the car until after your procedure has been completed. It is very important that we have an accurate cell phone number for this person so that we may contact them to review discharge instructions and to notify them when you are ready for discharge.

  • While in the pre-op holding area, you will also meet with the anesthesiologist, OR Nurse, and operating physician who will provide you with information regarding your procedure and answer any remaining questions you may have.

After Surgery

Nurse And Patient
  • You can expect to spend approximately 15 - 30 minutes in the post-anesthesia care unit, depending upon the type of anesthesia you receive.

  • After your condition has been assessed and you are ready for discharge, your accompanying friend/family member will be notified and asked to pull the car to the front of the building. You will be transported by wheel chair by one of our staff to meet up with them there.

  • If any questions or concerns arise after leaving Northern Baltimore Surgery Center, please contact your doctor directly. In case of emergency, go directly to your local emergency room.

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