The idea of undergoing surgery can be stressful. But the reality certainly doesn't have to be when you come to the Kennedy Surgical Center.
The Kennedy Surgical Center, has been an integral part of the Gloucester County community for more than a decade, offering both state-of-the-art surgical technology and personalized patient care by our team of compassionate healthcare professionals.
Designed with patient comfort and privacy in mind, the Kennedy Surgical Center is geared toward patients who do not require an overnight hospital stay, but who do need a clinical environment more comprehensive than a physician's office for their procedure.
Specialized, advanced equipment available supports a variety of outpatient surgical procedures in several specialty areas, including:
- Breast Surgery
- Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
- General Surgery
- Pain Management
- Plastic Surgery
In addition, the Kennedy Surgical Center is home to two very specialized services: the Sinus Surgery Center at Kennedy and the Digestive Health Center at Kennedy, both of which offer the services of specially-trained physicians, nurses and technologists in the diagnosis and treatment of sinus and digestive conditions.
When you enter the Kennedy Surgical Center, you'll quickly see why thousands of patients from throughout the South Jersey region have chosen us for their procedure. We strive to make patients and their families as comfortable as possible, something that's apparent even in the lobby area, where you'll find a complimentary refreshment station, as well as a special playroom for children.
And behind the scenes, our team of physicians, registered nurses and technicians work together to ensure each and every patient's safety and comfort. Our full-time medical director, a board-certified anesthesiologist, provides clinical oversight for our surgical and anesthesia staff.
The Kennedy Surgical Center houses six ultra-modern operating suites, three procedure rooms, and an acute recovery room.
The Kennedy Surgical Center, conveniently located on Egg Harbor Road across from Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Washington Township, also includes a waiting area with access to a private consultation room. In addition, patients undergoing surgery will prepare for their procedure in a private pre-operative patient room that features a reclining lounge chair, seating for the patient's escort/family member and a dressing area. After their procedure, they will be cared for by a team of specially-trained post-anesthesia recovery nurses prior to discharge.
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What to Expect During Your Visit
When Your Surgery is Scheduled
Your surgeon will discuss with you why your surgery is necessary and what result is expected. The staff in your surgeon's office will schedule your surgery with us.
- Please call us at 856/218-4916 or 856/218-4962 between noon and 2 p.m. the business day prior to your procedure to receive instructions and an arrival time to the Center.
- If you experience any changes in your physical condition, such as a sore throat, a cold or fever, please notify your surgeon prior to surgery.
- If you are taking medications, please inform the pre-op nurse when you are getting your arrival time. Instructions will be given to you regarding what medications that the pre-op nurse indicates you will need.
- Please bring your health insurance information and referral, if necessary, and if requested, any deductible and/or co-payment for which you are responsible.
The Night Before Surgery
- Do not consume any solid foods or liquids after midnight the night before your procedure.
- If your child is having surgery, the pre-op nurse will discuss feeding instructions with you during the pre-op call. Parents must stay in the facility while your child is in surgery.
- Do not smoke for 24 hours prior to surgery.
- Wash the operative area with soap and water, unless otherwise instructed.
The Morning of Surgery
- You may be instructed to take certain medications with small sips of water.
- Wear comfortable clothing you can change in and out of easily and which will not be tight over the site of your surgery.
- Do not wear contact lenses. Pleas leave your jewelry and other valuables at home. Jewelry must be removed.
- If you are bringing a child for surgery, bring in his/her favorite toy, blanket or bottle.
- If you wear nail polish, please have one finger unpolished. All toe nail polish must be removed if having lower-extremity surgery.
When You Arrive
- Remember to arrive at the time you were given to report to the Center.
- You will be escorted to a comfortable pre-op room where you will change and relax before surgery. A family member or friend may accompany you.
- The Anesthesiologist will meet you to discuss your anesthesia, tell you what will happen before, during and after your procedure, and answer any questions you have.
- When your doctor is ready for you, you will be accompanied to the operating room. Family members or friends will be asked to wait in the lobby.
- Your initial phase of recovery will be in our Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, where you will be cared for by specially-trained nurses. An Anesthesiologist will monitor your condition. When you have recovered sufficiently, you will be served light refreshments and be reunited with your family.
- The nurses will provide you with a written copy of instructions from your physician. The nurse will explain the instructions to you and answer any questions you may have.
- You may be sleepy or dizzy after your surgery, even after spending time in the recovery room. You must have a responsible adult accompany you and drive you home.
- Even though you may feel fine, have someone plan to stay at home with you throughout the night. Do not make any important decisions, drive or operate machinery during the 24-hour period following surgery.
Once You Are Home
- Please follow your physician's written instructions carefully. A nurse will call you within a few days of your procedure to check your progress and to answer any questions.
- Plan to take it easy for a few days following your surgery. Some patients experience after-effects from anesthesia, including drowsiness, muscle aches, a sore throat and occasional headaches. Nausea or vomiting is less common. These side effects decline rapidly in the hours following surgery, but it may take several days before they are completely gone.
- Plan to give yourself time to return to normal. Recognize that a period of recovery at home is to be expected.
- If you have any questions regarding what you can or cannot do following surgery that were not answered on your discharge instructions, please contact your physician.
Charges and Billing
The Kennedy Surgical Center handles more than 600 cases each month, and accepts most major medical insurances. Many managed care plans also cover the full cost of procedures done at the Surgical Center. Your insurance carrier will be billed for the amount of your charges, minus any co-payment or deductible. The Kennedy Surgical Center fee includes charges for operating room and recovery room service and most materials and supplies provided by the Center. Depending upon your insurance plan, the fee may not include charges for services provided by your surgeon, anesthesiologist, pathologist or radiologist. Some fees may be billed separately.