On the Day of Your Surgery

Call us Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(781) 337-5555

Please designate one individual as your contact person with whom the health care team may speak with both during and after your surgery. You and your contact person will be given direction as to where you are located before, during, and after surgery. This helps respect your privacy and protect confidentiality.

Arriving for Your Surgery

On the day before your surgery, a nurse from the surgery center or hospital will call you with an arrival time. If you are having surgery at South Shore Hospital, expect to receive an automated message containing this information. If you are having surgery at 2 Pond Park, please wait for a phone call. If you haven’t heard anything by 3pm the day before surgery, please reach out to South Shore Orthopedics and we will assist you in finding this information.

  • Patients scheduled for surgery on a Monday will be called the Friday before in the afternoon
  • Patients scheduled for surgery the day after a holiday will be called on the first business day prior to the
  • Your surgery will be canceled if your means of transportation is an uber and or taxi

What to Wear

Whether you stay overnight or go home the same day, wear loose comfortable clothing and do not bring any valuables or personal belongings with you.

What to Bring

  • Picture ID
  • Glasses and case
  • Hearing aid(s)/cochlear implant and case
  • Dentures and case
  • List of the last time you took your medications
  • CPAP machine with mask if you have sleep apnea

What Not to Bring

  • Money, credit cards, debit cards
  • Jewelry (wedding band, engagement ring, earrings, nose ring, eyebrow ring, nose ring, tongue ring, bracelets, necklaces, watches, electronics, wallet, hair clips, bobby pins, etc.)
  • Any valuables
  • Medications
  • Drugs or alcohol

After Surgery

Questions? Concerns?
Call us Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(781) 337-5555

South Shore Orthopedics performs all of our surgeries at South Shore Health, whether it be at the Surgical Center at 2 Pond Park or South Shore Hospital. All surgeries at the Surgical Center at 2 Pond Park are out-patient, meaning same day discharge. Surgery scheduled at the hospital could be same day discharge or could potentially require an overnight stay.


After your surgery is complete, the surgical team will bring you to the recovery area. The unit in which you recover depends on the type of surgery and type of anesthesia used. Recovery time varies from person to person, the surgery you had, the anesthesia given to you, and your body’s response. Once medically cleared you will be discharged home, if your condition requires an overnight stay then the recovery room nursing staff will speak with the unit nurse to discuss your surgery, progress, and doctor’s orders. You will then be taken to your room.

Managing Your Pain

Pain may prevent you from doing the activities that help with your recovery so please report any new, increasing, or unrelieved pain to South Shore Orthopedics.

Discharge Instructions

  • Out-patient Surgery: We ask that you have a responsible adult (over age 18) with you 24 hours after surgery. The nursing staff will review your discharge instructions with you and the person accommodating you.
  • In-patient Surgery: The nursing staff will review your discharge instructions before you go home. It is important that you follow your discharge instructions, paying attention to those instructions related to your pain medications and activity level.

Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, braces, or other ambulatory aide will be provided pending what procedure you’re having done.

Any questions related to discharge instructions can be clarified by calling South Shore Orthopedics. Please reach out by calling the Administrative assistant’s number listed at the bottom of your surgical notification.