Capital Region Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC, is a state-of-the-art facility that provides surgical and pain management services. Our center, which opened its doors in November 2000, is fully equipped with six operating rooms and one procedure room. The center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the nation's organization of outpatient facilities. Our center employs a tremendous team focused solely on the care of its patients. Capital Region Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC, complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

Our surgery center is committed to provide the highest standard of orthopaedic surgical care in a professional, compassionate, and considerate manner specific to the individual needs of our patients.

Capital Region Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC, Notice of Non-Discrimination

    FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RESULT IN CANCELLATION OF YOUR SURGERY.

    • It is very important that you speak with someone from the ambulatory surgery center prior to the date of your surgery.
    • Except for medications as instructed, nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to your surgery. Failure to adhere may result in cancellation.
    • A responsible adult must drive you home and stay with you after your procedure.
    • Please remove all jewelry, nail polish, and contact lenses.
    • Please wear comfortable clothing the day of the procedure.
    • Please call our facility two days before your surgery date to schedule the time you should arrive. If no one has contacted you seven days prior to your scheduled surgery or if you have any questions, please call (518) 438-7638 and ask for the pre-admission testing nurse.
    • Your surgeon and the anesthesiologist will meet with you prior to your procedure.
    • Stop using: Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Asprin, and all herbal supplements, including diet pills (except chondroitin and glucosamine) seven days prior to your surgery.
    • If you are a diabetic, please call (518) 438-7638 and ask for the pre-admission testing nurse for further instructions.

    Who will provide my anesthesia?

    Anesthesia services at the Capital Region Ambulatory Surgery Center are provided by the Anesthesia Group of Albany. You will have a board-certified anesthesiologist and certified nurse anesthetist caring for you throughout your stay at the Capital Region Ambulatory Surgery Center.

    Anesthesia Group of Albany, P.C., Information

    What type of anesthesia might I receive?

    The anesthetic plan that will be discussed with you prior to your surgery is tailored so that you will be able to go home soon after your operation is completed. Special anesthetic agents and anesthetic techniques are used to provide a swift recovery from the effects of anesthesia. Most patients are able to leave the surgery center within two hours of their surgery. The types of anesthetic you receive will be specifically designed for your particular needs and medical indications. There are four main types of anesthesia:

    • General Anesthesia - during this type of anesthesia, the patient is not conscious and has complete loss of sensation.
    • Monitored Anesthesia Care - during this type of anesthesia care, the patient receives sedation and medication to elevate the pain threshold. The surgeon will inject a local anesthetic to provide the loss of sensation necessary for the surgery. Close monitoring of your vital signs, cardiogram, and other parameters will be performed by your anesthesia caregiver.
    • Regional Anesthesia - involves the use of a local anesthetic to provide anesthesia to a large region of the body. This type of anesthesia includes spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, and upper and lower extremity blocks, provided.
    • Local Anesthesia - can provide anesthesia to smaller areas of the body. This is most commonly injected by the surgeon, and it may not be necessary to have an anesthesia caregiver present.

    What happens when the operation is over?

    You will rest in our recovery room under the care of specially trained nurses. Your anesthesiologist will monitor your condition. You may be sleepy or dizzy after your surgery. You must have a responsible adult with you to drive you home. Nurses and physicians will answer your questions and give you instructions. You will receive a written copy of these instructions. Please follow them carefully. Be prepared to go home and finish your recovery time there. Have someone plan to stay at home with you through the night. Do not make any important decisions, drive, or operate machinery for 24 hours after your surgery.

    What type of side effects can I expect?

    Patients often experience minor after effects following anesthesia, such as drowsiness, muscle aches, a sore throat, headaches, and dizziness. Nausea may also be present, but vomiting is less common. These side effects decline rapidly in the hours following surgery, but may take several days before they are gone completely. The majority of patients do not feel up to their typical activities the next day, usually due to tiredness or surgical discomfort. Plan to take it easy for a few days until you feel back to normal. Know that a period of recovery at home is common and is to be expected. Contact your surgeon if you have questions about what you can and cannot do, when you can return to work, and how active you can be.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    An ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is a facility where surgeries that do not require a hospital admission are performed. Ambulatory surgery centers provide a cost-effective and convenient environment that is less stressful than the large hospital environment.

    Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery, including gum, water, mints, or vitamins, unless your anesthesiologist has given you special instructions stating otherwise. This is very important for your safety. If you do not follow this rule, your procedure may have to be delayed or rescheduled. If your child is having surgery, your anesthesiologist will discuss special feeding instructions. If you are taking medications, your anesthesiologist will give you instructions on what you should do.

    Wear comfortable clothing that you can change easily and will not bind the site of your surgery. Please remove all jewelry and watches prior to surgery. It is best to leave all jewelry and valuables at home. Please remove all make-up, nail polish, and contact lenses if you wear them.

    Please inform your physician and the surgery center nursing staff of any medications you may be taking. You will be given specific instructions concerning any medications by the surgery center nursing staff prior to your scheduled surgery date. If you take insulin, you will be given specific instructions on how to take this medication prior to surgery.

    You must have a responsible adult drive you home after the surgery and stay with you the night after surgery.