Letter to Patients

Advanced Surgical Institute (ASI) has been working to carefully provide the safest possible care to our patients, many of whom require specialized care. Please know that your health, safety and well-being continues to be our highest priority.

We would like to make you aware of our revised pre-operative guidelines and our visitor policy.

Step 1: Preparing for your surgery

Prior to your procedure we ask that you:

  • Continue to follow handwashing guidelines.
  • Avoid contact with others or leaving the home as much as possible prior to surgery.
  • We want to perform your surgery in the safest possible circumstances to give you the best chance of a smooth recovery. One of our healthcare members may suggest you test yourself for coronavirus. We are doing this as a precautionary measure so that we have all of the information we need to provide you with the safe care.
  • Check for the symptoms daily prior to surgery and notify us if you have any of the following :
    1. Fever ≥ 38.0 C (100.4 F) last 24 hours
    2. New respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, respiratory distress, chills, muscle aches, loss of sense of smell or taste, diarrhea, night sweats)

Step 2: Stay flexible

Your surgery is currently scheduled to proceed on the planned date and time, but we also have to be flexible to deal with any potential changes regarding the capacity of our Center and providers. We would appreciate your understanding if things change, and in return we promise to keep you informed with up-to-date information with what is happening here at ASI, as well as keeping your best interests at the forefront.

Step 3: Understand what to expect day of surgery

  • We allow one person to come into the Center and wait with you in our waiting room. At this time, we do not allow support people or visitors into the PreOp area with the patient.
  • We can have someone from ASI meet you at curbside to assist you if require additional help getting into our building.
  • Please be sure to bring the contact information of your designed point person.
  • As soon as the surgical team is ready for you, they will escort you to our pre-op area.
  • Our surgical staff will keep your designated point person informed of your progress.
  • After you have recovered in our post anesthesia care unit (PACU), you will be discharged to home.

Please know we genuinely care about you and will do everything we can to provide you with the safest and best possible care experience. If you have any questions or concerns prior to that day, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 856-256-7620. You can also visit our website at www.advancedsurgicalinstitute.org.