Preparing for Your Surgery

Please take the time to check off these important points to remember before your surgery or test. If you become ill or, for any reason, do not plan to keep your surgery appointment, contact our office at 410-569-5155.

Prior to Surgery:

Pre-Operative Clearance - Must be performed within 30 days of surgery

A physical exam and certain screening tests are required prior to your scheduled surgery.  It is important that you schedule a Pre-operative Appointment with your primary care physician or a physician of your choosing.  You will find an order form included in your surgical packet that should be given to your Pre-Operative Physician's office.  This order form includes instructions on the type of exam and tests that need to be performed.  It is very important that you schedule this appointment as soon as possible to ensure that your results will be returned to us in a timely manner.  We must have your pre-operative test results and office notes returned to us at least 3 DAYS PRIOR to your scheduled surgery date. 

Getting Ready for the Surgery - The Night Before

  • Remove your nail polish, makeup and jewelry, including piercings.

  • Do any special preparations your surgeon has ordered. This might include special cleaning of the surgical area. Instructions for this are in your packet.

  • Take your usual medications unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Bring your medication list.

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery if you are scheduled for a procedure that will require general anesthesia.

Questions? Talk to our Surgical Coordinator.

The first step to recovery is to get in contact with Lauren, our surgical coordinator.  She'll happily answer any questions you may have about your surgery or procedure. 

1.410.569.5155 (ext 202 or Option 2)

On the Day of Surgery:

Take any needed medications with a small amount of water.  Arrive at the designated time listed in your surgical packet.  Patient's are often requested to arrive earlier than their scheduled appointment time in order to give the facility time to prepare the patient for surgery.

What to Bring

  •  A list of your current medications.

  •   Bring your Driver’s license and your Insurance cards with you for registration.

  •   Something to read or do while you are waiting to be called to the operating room.

  •   A copy of your advance directives, if you wish.

For Your Safety

Have someone to drive you home (if you are scheduled to go home the same day). Do not drive yourself to the hospital, as your procedure may be postponed. If you plan to take a taxi, bus or other form of transportation, you will still need someone to be with you until you get home.

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that are easy to change and will not fit tightly over the area of your surgery.

What Not to Bring

Please try not to bring more than two family members on the day of surgery. Only one person will be allowed to stay with you in the room before and after surgery. Other visitors will be directed to another area to wait for your return from surgery.


Children should not come unless absolutely necessary. There must be another adult with them if they should come to the hospital.


Do not bring large sums of money, jewelry, valuables such as electronic equipment or suitcases, even if you are staying overnight.

Common Questions and Answers:

> What do I do if I get sick before my surgery?

When having surgery or anesthesia, it is important that you are in the best possible health. If you have a new illness or a flare up of an old condition around the time of a planned surgery, sometimes the safest practice may be to delay the procedure until you are well. But don't assume that your surgery will be delayed if you are sick. Contact our office as soon as you think you have an illness that might delay surgery.

Examples of Conditions that May Delay Surgery Include:

  • Cold or sinus infection within two weeks before surgery

  • Pneumonia or bronchitis within a month before surgery

  • Stomach virus or flu

  • Fever

  • Asthma attack or wheezing within two weeks before surgery

  • Chest pain which is worse than usual

  • Shortness of breath which is worse than usual

  • Diabetes severely out of control

  • Infected skin or rash in the area of surgery

  • Generally not feeling as well as usual


About the SurgCenter of Bel Air

Bel Air Center performs many of its out-patient surgeries at the SurgCenter of Bel Air. 

You can expect to receive a call from the SurgCenter the afternoon prior to your scheduled procedure.

209 Thomas St. 

Bel Air, MD 21014

ph  1.410.638.5523

fax  1.410.638.9144


The staff at Bel Air Center for Plastic and Hand are always happy to address any of your questions.  We understand that every patient is unique, and specifically aim to cater our care to reflect our patients' needs.  



Bel Air South Professional Center

2012 South Tollgate Road, Suite 100

Bel Air, MD 21015

Ramon A. DeJesus, M.D., FACS

Mathew A. Thomas, M.D.

Eric Davies, PA-C

Rachel Pigott, OT, CHT

Stefanie Stevenson, OT, CHT

Affiliated with:

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

University of Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

Office Hours:

M-F  8:00am - 4:00 pm