COVID-19 Letter to Patients

During this COVID-19 outbreak, 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

To help minimize risk of asymptomatic spread of coronavirus during your procedure we ask that you:

  • If you are fully COVID Vaccinated (2 Pfizer or Moderna or 1 J&J Vaccine), you will need to provide us with a copy of your Vaccination Card. You will not need to be COVID tested. If you are not vaccinated, you will need to obtain a PCR Covid test within 6 days of your scheduled surgery date. It cannot be a rapid test; please be sure to ask for a PCR Covid test so we do not have to reschedule your surgery. If you have any questions regarding COVID testing, please call the center at 856-256-7620.
  • If you are COVID Vaccinated, please quarantine for 3 days prior to your surgery to protect yourself from others in the community. If you are not COVID Vaccinated, please quarantine from the date of your PCR testing until your surgery date.
  • Follow physical distancing and handwashing guidelines. This applies to the person who will be bringing you to and from surgery as well.
  • Avoid contact with others or leaving the home as much as possible prior to surgery.
  • *** Pre-surgery COVID-19: 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 will reach out to ask you about symptoms and may schedule you for coronavirus testing even if you do not show symptoms consistent with the virus. 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
Under the authority of the state of New Jersey Department of Public Health Order, we have some strict guidelines in place that you will see immediately upon arriving at our facility.

  • Please have your designated person drop you off at the assigned time at the front door of ASI.
  • We cannot allow anyone but the patient to come into the center as we must continue to follow the New Jersey State Executive Order. Your ride/designated person can either stay
    in the parking lot or go home and leave us with a phone number to reach them when you are ready for discharge.
  • We can have someone from ASI meet you at curbside to assist you if require additional help getting into our building.
  • Upon entering our facility, you will be health screened by one of our kind nurses in the lobby.
  • As an extra layer of protection, you will notice our entire staff will be wearing surgical masks. You will be given a fresh mask to wear for everyone’s safety.
  • You will then be directed to the Surgery Waiting Area to be checked in and sign appropriate paperwork.
  • Keep in mind social distancing parameters and have a seat in the chairs with the stars. They are spaced 6 feet apart.
  • Please be sure to include 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.