(302) 346-4000 | 200 Banning Street, Suite 110, Dover, DE 19904

Day of Surgery

On the day of surgery, you should arrive at your scheduled appointment time. You will be admitted and we will then begin to prepare you for surgery. Please arrange for a responsible adult (18 years or older) to accompany you to the Surgery Center, be available during the procedure, assist you when you are discharged, transport you home, and we recommend someone stay with you for the next 24 hours.

Pre-Operative Medications: Take only the medication directed by your physician and/or the anesthesia department. (If directed to take medication the day of surgery, do so with a small sip of water. Certain heart, blood pressure and diabetic medications may need to be continued – check with your doctor.)

You will be asked to sign a consent form for your procedure, which acknowledges your permission for the physician and facility to care for you. If the patient is a minor, this form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Pediatric Patients

Both parents may stay with their child in the pre-operative area before surgery and again in recovery. A parent or legal guardian must remain in the facility while their child is under our care.

Patient Checklist

  • Do not wear nail polish, hair products, or hairpins/clips.
  • Dress in light, loose fitting clothing. If you are having hand/shoulder surgery we recommend that you wear loose button shirts and for knee or ankle surgery loose drawstring pants.
  • You may brush your teeth, rinse, and spit.
  • You may take a bath and use soap. Please do not put anything on your skin, such as lotions, powders, deodorant, perfume and makeup.
  • All jewelry and body piercings must be removed prior to surgery.
  • Leave all valuables at home with the exception to insurance cards, drivers license/photo ID, and any copayment due at time of service. We are not responsible for belonging brought to the facility.
  • CPAP machine if you have sleep apnea.
  • Bring a case for eyeglasses or contact lenses, so they can be stored during your operation.

COVID-19 Facility Update

Delaware Surgery Center remains committed to the safety of our patients, caregivers, and community.  The following safeguards, screening processes, and visitation policies have been instituted.

Keeping You Safe for Surgery

• If day of surgery you feel sick or are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, loss of taste or smell, or extreme fatigue; please DO NOT report and call the surgery center

• A face mask is required for all persons entering the facility

• Please perform hand hygiene upon arrival to our registration desk

• All areas are cleaned between each patient

• Seating is limited in our waiting room in attempts to maintain 3-6’ social distancing

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible to prevent potential        contamination of surfaces

• When possible cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, place tissues directly into the    trash can and perform hand hygiene

Facility Screening and Testing

• Prior to your day of surgery, you will be interviewed over the phone by a member of        our  pre-anesthesia staff. For your safety and for the safety of all of our patients/staff,      please provide honest answers to our questions and or any recent COVID                    exposures or illnesses, as additional testing may be recommended such as 3-5 days    for vaccinated and 5-7 days for unvaccinated.

• All vaccinated and unvaccinated patients will be screened and must undergo preop COVID testing as per the facility guidelines. Please be patient with our staff, as COVID testing guidelines are subject to frequent changes pending Delaware and CDC guidelines.

• Upon arrival to our facility you and your ride will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms    and a temperature check performed.

Visitation Restrictions

At this time the center is permitting only 1 visitor as the patient’s responsible adult or ride home.  This person must be at least 18 yrs. of age and may either wait in our waiting room or they may wait in their car in the parking lot. All responsible adults must provide a cell phone number and be immediately available by phone.  All post-op all patient’s will be discharged at the south end of the building under the overhang.


For those with recent international travel for anyone returning to the United States, it is recommended to get tested 3-5 days regardless of their vaccination status.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time.

References: cdc.gov/coronavirus and coronavirus.delaware.gov