Ambulatory Surgery (ASU)
The Ambulatory Surgical Unit (ASU) at St. Charles Hospital is where top rated surgeons from Long Island and New York City perform same day surgeries for adult and pediatric patients. Their use of minimally invasive procedures and commitment to advanced pain management techniques help ensure that many patients can return home the same day.
More complex surgeries are also performed in the ASU and may require admission to the Hospital.
Patients in St. Charles Hospital's ASU are cared for by a team of skilled nurses, nurse's aides and technologists, who are specially trained in surgical care and are known for their ability to reassure patients of all ages.
The ASU is the first stop for patients and their families on the day they report for surgery. The ASU is located on the north side of the hospital and patient parking spots are available outside the entrance. Family members may wait for their loved ones in the newly upgraded waiting room, equipped with comfortable furniture, flat panel TVs, tea and coffee cart, vending machines with drinks and snacks and a consultation room where they can meet with and speak to physicians and nurses in private. The ASU hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Immediately after surgery, patients are moved to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where nurses with expertise in post anesthesia assessment and airway management, neuro assessment, pain management and invasive pressure line and cardiac monitoring, provide one-on-one care until patients are ready to be moved to hospital room or return to the ASU before going home. Post-operative care includes monitoring of vital signs, discharge instructions, return appointments, and follow up discharge phone calls.
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St. Charles Hospital has received full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric surgery center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).Learn more