Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center?

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) are facilities where surgeries that do not require a hospital admission are performed. They provide a cost-effective and convenient  environment that is less stressful than the large hospital environment.


What time is my surgery?

Your Surgeon will give the time of your procedure. We ask you to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled procedure time. Our Surgery Center staff will call you the day before your surgery to confirm the time of your procedure.


What do I do the day before surgery?

Your Physician and our staff will give you specific instructions regarding your procedure, however as a general rule we require patients not to eat or drink anything after midnight, the night before your surgery date.


What should I do if something comes up and I need to cancel my surgery?

Please call the Surgery Center and your physician as soon as possible. Our phone number is (716) 896-3815. If you call after hours, an answering message will instruct you in leaving a message.


How do I know if my insurance company will cover my surgery?

The staff at the Surgery Center as well as your physician's offices will be able to help you answer some of your questions regarding coverage. Please contact your insurance carrier regarding your specific benefits.


What should I bring the day of my surgery?

Please bring all insurance information with you. Also, wear comfortable clothes that are easy to put on and off. For example, shirts that buttons up the front or loose fitting slacks. Please leave all valuables and jewelry at home. Try to plan ahead, depending on the type of surgery you are having. Please bring any paperwork given to you by your surgeon that he/she requested you have on your day of surgery. Co-pays are required on the day of your procedure.


Will I be able to drive after my surgery?

No, any individual that requires sedation for their surgical procedure must be accompanied home by a responsible adult. This is a safety procedure that is strictly adhered to for your benefit. You cannot take a taxi.


Will my family be able to visit me immediately after my procedure?

Due to the need for privacy we suggest that a limit of one or two family members visit the patient during the postoperative phase. The nursing staff will be happy to give family members waiting outside the recovery area periodic updates on the patient's condition.


Buffalo Ambulatory Surgery Center