Same Day Surgery Patient Guide

Thank you for choosing Ocean Medical Center for your surgery. We welcome you and look forward to serving your needs throughout your surgical process.


  • Free Valet Parking is available at the Front Entrance, which faces Jack Martin Boulevard
  • Free Parking is also available in the parking garage on the Route 88 side of the medical center
  • Handicap parking is available in Parking Lot C, outside the main entrance facing
    Route 88

Registration Information for Pre-Admission Testing

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment time

What to Bring:

  • Prescription / Order from Physician that indicates the test you are having and your diagnosis
  • Insurance Cards / Proof of Address
  • Driver's License / Proof of Identity
  • Referral Form / Authorization Number. It is the responsibility of the patient to provide the referral to the hospital.
  • Health/Medication History Form - Please Print Out & Bring With You

For Workers Compensation or Motor Vehicle Accidents, please bring:

  • Claim Number
  • Insurance Name, Address, and Phone Number
  • Contact Person at Insurance Company
  • Original Date of Loss

Know your Insurance Coverage:

  • To help speed up the process, please check with your insurance company to be sure that we are the correct in-network facility for your desired test. Make sure to ask if a co-payment will be required. It is important to check with your insurance provider to see if you will need a referral and/or authorization number for all tests


  • If required by your insurance, you will be responsible to make a co-payment at time of service
  • If you have no insurance coverage, payment for services is due at time of registration
  • Please contact a financial counselor at 732-840-3340 for information on payment optiont
  • Payment may be made by Cash, Personal Check or by one of the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover

Requirements for Surgery

  • Keep Pre-Admission Testing Appointment
  • Follow through with medical clearance
  • If illness occurs prior to surgery, report to your physician
  • Have a reliable adult available for transportation home, and for 24-hour companionship after your surgery
  • Call the day before your surgery for the exact arrival time, 732-836-4378 (between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Medications to Avoid (7-10 days prior to surgical date)

  • Vitamin E
  • Fish Oil
  • Herbal Preparations (i.e. Ginkgo, Ginsing, St. John's Wart)
  • Vitamin Supplements
  • Check with your physician regarding Coumadin, Plavix, Aspirin, or any blood thinners (i.e. Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Excedrin)

Day of Surgery — Requirements

  • No foods or liquids after midnight prior to surgical day
  • No lotions, body creams, or alcohol-based products (i.e. hair spray, after shave, mouse)
  • No makeup
  • No jewelry or body piercing
  • Refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol
  • No contact lenses
  • No bobby pins
  • No tampons
  • Leave valuables at home
  • You do not have to remove nail polish
  • Showering the morning of surgery is permitted
  • You may brush your teeth and use mouthwash but avoid swallowing any water or mouthwash
  • Wear comfortable, non-constricting clothing

Day of Surgery — What to Bring

  • X-ray Films
  • Medications in the original containers
  • Medical / Surgical history forms
  • Dentures are allowed. We will supply a container.
  • Reading material, music, or any form of relaxation you enjoy
  • Area may be chilly, so you may want a sweatshirt or sweater

Day of Surgery — What Medication to Take (with only a sip of water)

  • High Blood Pressure Medications
  • Cardiac Medications
  • Gastric Reflux Medications
  • Tranquilizers
  • Thyroid Medications
  • Anti-seizure Medications
  • Antibiotics, if prescribed
  • Pain Medications, if needed
  • Inhalers (also bring it with you)

Day of Surgery — What Medication to Avoid

  • Do not take diabetic medication morning of surgery (unless otherwise instructed by your doctor)
  • Do not take insulin morning of surgery
  • Do check blood sugar morning of surgery, if possible

Day of Surgery — What To Expect

  • Arrival time is 1½ hours prior to your surgical time
  • Check in at Surgical Day Stay waiting area (2nd floor)
  • Try and Relax. The nurses know you are there
  • Before using the restroom, please check with a nurse to see if any specimens are needed

Day of Surgery — Safety Initiatives

  • Verification of Name and Birth Date
  • Review of allergies (medication, latex, and food)
  • Identify surgical site
  • Review medical and surgical history
  • Verify medications
  • Review any prior adverse reactions to anesthesia (yourself or any relative)

Read our Same Day Surgery FAQ for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Care Locations

  • Ocean Medical Center, 425 Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick, NJ 08724

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