The Day of Surgery
1) NYU Tisch Hospital has two Operating Rooms, located on different floors. Prior to surgery, you will be told whether to go to the 6th or 10th floor Operating Rooms.
For the 6th floor Main Operating Rooms, please go to the Rusk Institute, 400 East 34th Street, and take the K elevators to the 6th floor, Same Day Admission Unit. For questions call 212-404-3907.
Click here for 6th Floor Surgery Instructions.
For the 10th floor Day Surgery Operating Rooms, please go to the main NYU Medical Center entrance 560 First Avenue (between 31st and 33rd Streets). Take the A elevators to the 10th floor, Day Surgery. For questions call 212-263-7610.
Click here for 10th Floor Day Surgery Instructions.
2) After you check in, you will see your surgeon and meet your anesthesiologist and the operating room nurses.
3) During surgery, you will have an intravenous catheter (IV) line placed and will be given medications to keep you comfortable. We do not routinely insert urinary catheters.
4) After your operation, you will be taken care of and monitored in the Recovery Room for approximately 1-3 hours.
5) Perioperative Antibiotics:
Thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal surgeries are "clean" operations, with an extremely low risk of infection or bacteremia. The 2009 Medical Letter guidelines do not recommend prophylactic antibiotics for clean procedures due to the "low rate of infection, low morbidity if infection does occur, and the potential adverse effect of antimicrobial therapy".
In general, we do not give prophylactic antibiotics for thyroid, parathyroid or adrenal surgery.
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