We offer preadmission testing before your procedure at two convenient locations.
When you come for preadmission testing before a scheduled surgery or procedure at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Hospital for Joint Diseases, or Outpatient Surgery Center we recommend that you bring a family member, a loved one, or a friend with you.
During your appointment, you are asked many questions about your health and medical history. You are also given a lot of information about your procedure. We have found that it’s helpful to have someone with you who can help ask and answer questions, and write down or remember the information you are given.
Before your appointment, you can eat and take all your medications as usual, unless your surgeon or physician has given you other instructions or you have any other appointments scheduled for the same day that require you to fast.
Scheduling Your Preadmission Testing
When you schedule your appointment with us, please make sure to tell the staff about any special needs you may have. These include the use of a wheelchair, a stretcher, oxygen, or Access-A-Ride.
Also, please let us know about other appointments you may have in preparation for your upcoming procedure. Our goal is to schedule your appointment at a convenient time, so you don’t have to make more trips than necessary.
Language, Cultural, and Disability Services
Please let the staff know if you or anyone accompanying you to your appointment prefers to communicate in a language other than English. We are happy to provide a professional medical interpreter at no cost to you.
Sign language interpreters and other communication services are available for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
And please feel free to advise us if you have cultural beliefs or practices that may affect your medical care.
Confirming or Canceling Your Appointment
One to two business days before your appointment, our staff calls to tell you what time to arrive at our office, as well as how long your appointment is expected to take. The length of the visit depends on the type of procedure you are having and your health history.
When our staff member calls you, he or she also reviews any instructions for your appointment and asks you a few questions about your health, medications, and medical history.
Please be on time for your appointment. If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, please call us and we can try to reschedule for another time that is convenient for you.
To cancel your appointment, call 212-263-5985 for Tisch Hospital, Outpatient Surgery Center, or Ambulatory Care Center, or 212-598-6176 for Hospital for Joint Diseases.
What to Bring to Your Preadmission Testing Appointment
When you come for your preadmission testing appointment, we ask that you bring the following items:
- A list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements of any kind. We also want to know the dosage and how often you take each one. If you prefer, you may bring all your medications, vitamins, and supplements in their original packages or bottles.
- Your complete medical history, including all illnesses you’ve had, as well as all treatments, hospitalizations, and surgeries or procedures you’ve had, if possible.
- A list of all your allergies, including allergies to food and medications.
- Copies of any recent blood test results, EKG results, X-rays, or other radiology reports. We ask that these results are no more than 30 days old by the date of your surgery or procedure.
- Your insurance card or cards.
- A photo ID.
- The name, phone number, and fax number of your primary care physician.
- A copy of your Health Care Proxy or Living Will if you have one. If you don’t, our staff can give you information about a Health Care Proxy. A nurse can help you fill out the form. If you prefer, you can fill out the form at home and bring it with you on the day of your surgery or procedure.
During Your Visit
You meet with a nurse during your appointment. You may also meet with a member of the anesthesiology team, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant. They ask you some questions about your health and your medical history. You may be asked the same questions more than once—please understand that this is for your safety.
Please arrive with any laboratory test results, echocardiogram (EKG) results, outside test results, and clearances obtained prior to your visit. Getting necessary clearances as advised by your surgeon’s office prior to your appointment is important for a robust preadmission testing visit.
Lab work must be done within 30 days of the day of your procedure. EKGs and chest X-rays must be done within six months of the day of your procedure, and clearances within three months of the day of your procedure. Additional lab work or clearances may be requested by a member of the preadmission testing team.
If required, you may have tests done that your surgeon has requested. These tests may include blood tests, urine tests, an EKG of your heart, and X-rays. Before your appointment, you can talk to your surgeon to find out which tests you need and why.
Your surgeon or anesthesiologist, whom you meet in our preadmission testing office, may ask your primary care physician or specialist for medical clearance for your surgery or procedure. You need to make an appointment with your doctor to get this done.
Our staff at preadmission testing does not medically clear you for a procedure.
Our child life specialists are available to give you and your child a tour of the Tisch Hospital pediatric unit on the same day of your child’s preadmission testing appointment.
Please make sure to bring enough diapers and formula if your child is an infant. The appointment and tour may last several hours.
Please call 212-263-1100 and leave a message to request a tour, so we can return your call and schedule a visit as soon as possible.
Plan Your Visit
Center for Preadmission Testing
240 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016