Surgical & Outpatient Procedures

Thank you for choosing Saint Mary's Hospital for your upcoming surgery or outpatient procedure. Your caring team of healthcare professionals will do everything possible to make your experience here comfortable and convenient.

Here you will find helpful information for our Same Day Surgery patients and any family members or friends who will be accompanying you the day of your procedure. If you have any questions, call the Saint Mary's Pre-Anesthesia Screening (PAS) Department at 203-709-7781 or 203-709-3360.

  • If you are having your surgical procedure at our ambulatory surgery center, the Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center, please visit the NVSC Preparing for Surgery page.
  • If you need help with your finances or require additional assistance, please visit the Patient Assistance page. 


A Patient Access Representative will pre-register you over the telephone prior to your procedure. Please have your insurance card available. At that time, you will be notified of any co-payments and/or deductibles your insurance carrier may require. Please be aware that as part of your insurance agreement, payment is expected at the time of service. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact one of our Financial Advocates at 203-709-7741, Monday – Friday from 6 AM to 11 PM. For more information, visit the Patient Assistance  page.

Pre-Admission Testing

Your doctor may require pre-admission testing to be completed 5 to 7 days before your procedure. Tests may include blood work, EKG and/or chest X-ray. Unless directed by your physician, you do not have to fast prior to your tests. After stopping in the Registration Office on the 1st floor to complete your registration paperwork, you will be directed to One Stop Testing. You can expect testing to take about an hour to complete.  

Please bring the following with you the day of the test:

  • Your current health insurance identification cards and photo ID
  • A list of your current medications including any herbal remedies and over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen or vitamins
  • Advance directives or a living will (if applicable)

If you get sick or develop a cold before your scheduled procedure, please call your physician and the Pre-Anesthesia Screening department at 203-709-3791. After 4 PM please call 203-709-6096.

If you get sick or develop a cold before your scheduled procedure, please call your physician and the Pre-Anesthesia Screening department at 203-709-3791. After 4 PM please call 203-709-6096.

The Day before Your Procedure

Depending on the type of procedure you are having, the day before it is scheduled to take place you can expect a phone call after 1 PM confirming the time you should arrive at Saint Mary's Hospital. If you do not receive a phone call that afternoon, or are instructed to call the hospital yourself for confirmation, please do so between 1 PM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday at 203- 709-3791. After 4 PM, call 203-709-6096. A nurse from the Pre-Anesthesia Department will also contact you to review your health history, current medications and pre-operative instructions.

Tips for Your Surgery / Procedure

  • IMPORTANT: Please make arrangements with an adult family member or friend who is able to drive you to and from the hospital. If no one is available to drive you home and stay with you overnight, your procedure will be canceled.
  • If the patient is under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian is required to stay during surgery.
  • The night before your surgery do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
  • Dress casually and do not bring any valuables or money. Remove all jewelry, including body piercing, which is an infection and burn risk during surgery. Do not wear cologne, nail polish, makeup or hair spray.
  • Bring a list of the medications you take as well as any X-rays (including mammograms for women) or papers given to you by your physician.
  • Please remember Saint Mary's is a smoke-free campus.

On the Day of Your Procedure

Please arrive promptly at the time provided to ensure that your procedure begins on schedule.

  1. When you arrive at the reception desk in the Main Lobby, please let our Patient Access Representative know that you are scheduled for a procedure in Same Day Surgery.
  2. You will be directed to the Central Waiting Area on the 2nd floor. A Customer Care Representative will be there to help you sign in and keep your family informed.
  3. You will be asked to register, review the information you gave during pre-registration, and sign any forms required for registration. You may have a 5 to 15 minute wait for this process. Please present your current health insurance cards, photo ID and any applicable co-payment at this time.
  4. You will be escorted to the Same Day Surgery Unit to prepare for your procedure.

Information for Friends and Family

  • Parking is available in the Visitors Parking Garage on Cole Street and in the parking lot on Franklin Street, across from the main entrance. Please find more information on the Directions page.
  • If the person (or persons) accompanying you choose to wait for you in the hospital, they will be directed to the Central Waiting Area on the 2nd floor. The waiting area features a digital tracking board that will allow them to follow your progress prior to, during and after surgery.
  • A Customer Care Representative is available to assist with your family and friends if they have questions and provide information regarding your progress. Saint Mary's Hospital staff and volunteers are also happy to help visitors find the cafeteria, gift shops, public restrooms, telephones, chapel or other locations. Learn more about the hospital’s amenities here.
  • Saint Mary's Hospital respects and upholds the rights of all patients to maintain their medical information with the highest degree of confidentiality. Information about your care and status will only be given by medical personnel to persons you designate during the admission process.

After Your Procedure

Depending upon your procedure, you may recover in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or the Same Day Surgery Unit. Visitors in PACU may be permitted at the discretion of staff. If you are staying in the hospital after your procedure, family and friends will be updated on your status. For more information, please visit the Admissions or Your Hospital Stay pages.

  • IMPORTANT - If you are expected to go home the same day of your procedure, a responsible adult must drive you home. If no one is available to drive you home, your procedure will be canceled. For your safety, your physician may recommend that you not drive a car, operate machinery or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after discharge from Saint Mary's Hospital.

After your procedure, a Saint Mary's Hospital nurse will telephone you within 24 hours to see how you are doing, to inquire about any pain you may have and to answer your questions.

Pain Management

Keeping you comfortable before, during and after your procedure is important to us. Your nurse will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10.

  • If you are in pain, you have the right to proper pain management.
  • Medications and treatments are available to safely ease your pain.

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Saint Mary's Hospital
56 Franklin Street
Waterbury, CT  06706
(203) 709-6000

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