Your Surgery at MSK Monmouth

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This information describes what you can expect during your surgery at MSK Monmouth.

Read this before your surgery. Refer to it on the day of your surgery so you know what to do and what to expect. Remember to also review the educational resources your nurse gave you.

About MSK Monmouth

MSK Monmouth is an ambulatory care and surgery center. Your care there will be tailored to you and your type of surgery. We will talk with you to let you know what to expect at each step. For more information about getting ready for your surgery, read Getting Ready for Surgery .

You can learn more about MSK Monmouth here. If you have general questions about MSK, such as health insurance topics, please visit

Mask policy: MSK makes every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our patients and visitors. Our patients are at high risk for infection. You must wear a mask in many areas. For the latest information, read our mask policy

Ask about your medications

You may need to stop taking certain medications before your surgery. Talk with your healthcare provider about all the medications you’re taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, patches, and creams. Follow their instructions about medications you must stop taking before your surgery.

Other medications are important to take on schedule, even during your treatment. You may be able to take them the morning of your surgery, if needed. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions about medications you must keep taking the day of surgery.

Ask about fasting (no food or drink)

Before your surgery, you may have sedation or anesthesia (medication to make you sleep). If so, you must have nothing to eat or drink before your surgery. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for what time you must stop eating and drinking.

For more instructions about eating, drinking, and medications, read Getting Ready for Surgery.

The Day of Your Surgery

What to bring

  • Your prescription card, if you would like to have your prescriptions filled at MSK Monmouth.

Where to go

  • MSK Monmouth is located at 480 Red Hill Road, Middletown, NJ 07748.
  • Follow the signs for the Lower Concourse when you enter the parking lot.
  • There’s free parking by the Lower Concourse entrance, with more parking to the right of the entrance. We also offer free valet parking.


  • Go through the Lower Concourse entrance. You will be directed to the surgical check-in area on the 2nd floor.
  • We will ask you for the name and contact information of the person who will take you home when your surgery is finished.

Your care partner who will drive you home


Your care partner is the person who will take you home when your surgery is over. Your care partner must wait for you at MSK Monmouth to drive you home, unless your nurse tells you otherwise.

MSK Monmouth has a waiting area. Visitors must wear a mask while you’re in the waiting area.  No food or drink is allowed in the waiting room. Your care partner also can wait in the café, as well as in our open atrium area.

Your care partner can join you once you’re in the recovery room. Your presurgical center nurse can estimate what time you may be ready to go home.

What to expect in the presurgical center

  • After your check-in, a member of your care team will bring you into the presurgical center.
  • You will meet with your care team. They will review your medical history and answer any questions you have.
  • Your nurse will bring you to the operating room when it’s time for your surgery.

Information for Caregivers and Visitors

To keep patients and staff safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made updates to our visitor policy. Visit for more information.

After Your Surgery

At MSK Monmouth

A member of your care team will take you to your private recovery room. When you’re awake, your nurse will help you get ready to go home. They will:

  • Encourage you to walk.
  • Give you something to eat and drink.
  • Review your discharge instructions with you.
  • Answer any questions you may have.

You can then go home with your care partner. If your care team feels you need to stay overnight, you will be taken to a Meridian Health facility.

When you’re at home

The day after you go home, a member of your care team will call you to see how you’re feeling and answer any questions.

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Last Updated

Wednesday, March 15, 2023