Ambulatory Surgery Center

The Ambulatory Surgery Center: Hospital-Based

St. Luke's University Hospital
 - Bethlehem Campus
801 Ostrum Street
(Borough of Fountain Hill)
Bethlehem, PA 18015
484-526-4000

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St. Luke’s Hospital's Ambulatory Surgery Center Individualizes Patients Care and Recovery

At St. Luke’s Hospital's Ambulatory Surgery Center, you will benefit from a shorter time away from work and life’s daily activities while experiencing the same high quality care our admitted patients receive. Our skilled professional staff, including nurses specializing in surgery, post-anesthesia care and ambulatory surgery, will work as a team with your physician and anesthesiologist to individualize your care and recovery program. Our goal is to make your visit to our hospital as easy and convenient as possible.

To help you prepare for your Ambulatory Surgery, please read and follow these instructions carefully.


Pre-Admission Testing

It may be necessary for you to have tests in advance of your procedure. These may include blood work,

X-ray, cardiograms or other tests. Additionally, an interview with a nurse will be scheduled during your pre-admission testing visit. You will need to provide information regarding your medical history during the interview and will have the opportunity to ask any questions.

To schedule your pre-admission testing, please call our Pre-Admission Testing Office at 484-526-4495 between 8am and 6pm. After 6pm, you may leave a message with your name and daytime phone number.


Before Your Scheduled Procedure

Our Ambulatory Surgery staff will call you between 4pm and 6pm on the day prior to your scheduled procedure to confirm your arrival time. If you have not received a call by 6pm on the day prior to your procedure, please call the Ambulatory Surgery Center at 484-526-4441.

Beginning at midnight on the night prior to your procedure, do NOT eat or drink anything, including water, coffee, tea unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

Our Ambulatory Surgery Center is located on the first floor of the hospital. Please use our Main Entrance. Patient drop-off and parking is located near our Main Entrance.


Day of Surgery Reminders

  • Please have a responsible adult transport you to and from the hospital on the day of your surgery. Family and friends are welcome to wait in our surgery waiting room located on the first floor or visit our cafeteria on the first floor. For patients who are minors or adults needing assistance, parents or guardian must remain on the hospital grounds until patient is discharged.
  • Please do NOT chew gum, eat hard candies or mints.
  • Please do NOT wear make-up, nail polish or any jewelry when you arrive for your procedure.
  • Please plan to leave dentures, partial plates, contact lenses and eyeglasses with a family member or friend during your procedure.
  • Please wear loose-fitting clothing such as a jogging or warm-up suit for your comfort after your procedure.
  • Please inform an Ambulatory Surgery professional if your teeth are capped or if you have any loose teeth.
  • Please do not bring any money, credit cards, jewelry or other valuables. The hospital cannot be responsible for the security of personal property.
  • Beginning at Midnight on the night prior to your procedure, do NOT eat or drink anything, including water, coffee, tea unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
  • Please bring your inhaler(s) or other medications as specified during your pre-admission testing.
  • Please stop all medications at midnight prior to your surgery day, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

Preoperative Interview

On day of surgery , the anesthesiologist will meet with you prior to your procedure. You will have an opportunity to discuss the type of anesthesia you will receive and ask any questions you may have.


Informed Consent

Prior to your surgery, your surgeon will explain your procedure to you, including any possible alternatives or risks. You will then be asked to sign a surgical procedure consent form indicating that you understand all information provided by your physician.


Following Your Surgery

You will be taken to the post-anesthesia care unit to recover from the anesthesia before returning to the Ambulatory Surgery Center. After you return to the Ambulatory Surgery Center, you will receive a light snack and hot or cold beverage when you are able to tolerate food. Please do not bring food to the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Your discharge time will depend on the time, type and length of your surgery and the time you need to recover.


Once You Are Home

After you are discharged, rest and recuperate in the comfort of your home. Our Ambulatory Surgery staff will contact you within 24 hours to follow up on your progress. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 484-526-4499, if you have questions.

  • You will be given a list of medications and instructions for their use. Do NOT take any medication after surgery without the approval of your physician.
  • Alcoholic beverages should not be consumed for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Any important decisions should be delayed for at least 24 hours. Allow ample time for recovery.

If you have any questions regarding your postoperative recovery, please do not hesitate to call us at 484-526-4499.