physicians performing surgery on patient in operating room

Trident Surgery Center is located at the Trident Medical Arts Building at: 9313 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 102, Charleston, S.C. 29406 (see map below). We can be reached Mon – Fri: 6:30am – 5:00pm, at (843) 797-8992. After hours you may leave a voice message and your call will be returned the next business day.

For more information about our facility please visit the Trident Surgery Center website.

Surgical Procedures

At Trident Surgery Center, we specialize in same-day surgery. After surgery you return to the comfort of your own home. Studies show that a familiar, comfortable environment helps to speed recovery.

Scheduling

Your surgeon’s office will schedule the date and time of your surgery, which may be based on the availability of operating rooms. You will be given a brochure and a letter from your doctor outlining how to prepare for your surgery. You will also receive a letter by mail from the surgery center with general surgery and insurance information. Plan to arrive one hour before your scheduled surgery time.

Patient Registration

  • Bring your insurance card(s), social security number and a photo ID, the day of your surgery.

The pre-admission testing process is designed to ensure that you receive the SAFEST and highest quality care from registration to discharge.

A member of the PAT Team will be contacting you soon after your surgery is scheduled to set up your individualized pre-admission testing.

If you are scheduled for a PAT Phone Interview please have available:

  • List of medications (Name, dose, how often)
  • Past medical history
  • List of previous surgeries and anesthesia
  • Information regarding any implanted devices such as a pacemaker/defibrillator

If you are scheduled for a PAT Visit please bring:

  • Health insurance information
  • Photo Identification (such as a driver’s license)
  • List of medications (Name, dose, how often)
  • Past medical history
  • List of previous surgeries and anesthesia
  • Copy of any recent test results (such as blood work, EKG, chest x-ray)
  • Information regarding any implanted devices such as a pacemaker/defibrillator

You will need to report to Registration, which is located at the Ambulatory Care entrance near the rear of the West side of the hospital. Allow approximately 2 hours for you registration, PAT interview, and any testing that may be ordered by your surgeon or anesthesiologist.

During your registration, you will be asked for demographic and insurance information. If you have health insurance we will bill your carrier shortly after your visit. If you do not have health insurance, you will receive a discount for your services. You may also ask for information about our uninsured discount program. We have financial counselors on site to assist you.

Please follow your pre-surgery instructions carefully.

Notify your physician of any changes in your physical condition that might affect your procedure. This includes fever, cold, virus, and any infections

  • You are required to take a shower with a special soap. You will be given sponges containing the special soap by your surgeon or the hospital. Please shower the evening before and the morning of your surgery using this sponge.
  • DO NOT eat or drink anything (including gum or candy) after midnight (12:00 am) the night before surgery (unless other specific instructions have been provided by your surgeon or anesthesiologist.)
  • DO NOT consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to procedure.
  • Wear clean, loose fitting clothing on the day of surgery.
  • Remove all hair pins, barrettes, piercings and jewelry prior to your arrival for surgery.

Your arrival time depends on the type of PAT you have completed and any additional registration or testing required the day of surgery. The PAT staff will inform you of the time for you to arrive. You will also receive a courtesy confirmation call before surgery with a final verification of arrival time. Use this opportunity to ask any additional questions.

On your surgery day please arrive at the designated time at the Ambulatory Care entrance to the hospital. Special surgery parking is available at this entrance.

Your surgery, step by step

The following outlines the general information you will need to know before your surgery. Please follow all the instructions carefully to ensure that every aspect of your planned visit proceeds smoothly.

  • Please have someone plan to stay at the center for the duration of the procedure who can drive you home. If not, your surgery will need to be rescheduled.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • Bring all medications you are currently taking.
  • Bring any items such as crutches, X-rays, etc., that your physician has indicated.
  • Please have any pre-operative lab tests, EKG, etc., completed prior to the day of surgery.
  • Do not take insulin the day of your surgery unless otherwise specified by your physician.
  • Leave any valuables at home.
  • Remove jewelry, makeup and nail polish.
  • Wear warm, comfortable clothing.
  • Please inform any family members or friends to wear or bring warm clothing because the surgery center may be cold.
  • There is a lounge with a television and magazines, a cafe in the building as well as a cafeteria across the street for your family members and friends.
  • After your surgery, you will be offered beverages, but we do not provide food.
  • On average most patients stay approximately 90 minutes following surgery, depending on the type of procedure.

For the safety of the patient, Trident Surgery Center requires someone be present for the duration of the surgery.

Financial Arrangements

The staff at Trident Surgery Center looks forward to serving you. Our policy states that the patient is required to pay his/her co-payment and deductible at the time of services. To ensure you will receive quality care in a timely and organized manner, we have furnished a summary of potential financial requirements. As a courtesy, we will attempt to call you 2-3 days prior to your surgery to inform you of your specific obligations. If you would like information prior to that time, please stop by between 6:30am - 5:00pm or call us at (843) 797-4032.

The balance of any charges for previous patient services at Trident Surgery Center should be paid in full prior to your currently scheduled surgery.

  • Your doctor’s office is responsible for acquiring pre-certification numbers before the time of surgery, or you will either be held accountable for the bill or your surgery will be rescheduled.
  • You will receive a statement until the balance is paid in full even if the insurance is pending.
  • Trident Surgery Center does not accept letters of protection for such occurrences as Worker’s Compensation or injury.
  • Trident Surgery Center accepts Visa, Mastercard, cash and personal checks.
  • Please be aware that you will receive a bill from the surgeon, the anesthesiologist and Trident Surgery Center. If you are having a biopsy, cultures or any tissue removed, you may also receive a pathology bill. The surgery center bills and makes financial arrangements for their services only.

If you have any questions, you can speak with an account representative between the hours of 6:30am – 5:00pm at (843) 797-4032 or leave a message between 5:00pm – 6:30am. We will return your call. We look forward to serving you!

After Surgery

You will recover from anesthesia in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). During this period, you will be placed on a heart monitor and blood pressure machine. You will be placed on oxygen if needed. IV therapy will replace your fluids. We care about your comfort. If you experience any discomfort after surgery, medication will be provided for you in the PACU. Your comfort will be frequently assessed by the nurses.

If you are to be admitted after surgery:

  • When you are sufficiently recovered from anesthesia you will be transferred to your inpatient room.
  • Your family/friends will be informed of your room number and can meet you there.
  • The PACU will introduce you to the inpatient nurse who will be assisting you after surgery.

If you are going home after surgery:

  • When you are sufficiently recovered from anesthesia, you will be transferred to the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) where you will continue to be monitored until discharge.
  • Your family/friends will meet you in your ACC room.

Discharge Home after Surgery

The length of your hospital stay depends on your type of surgery. When it is time for discharge, your nurse will provide detailed instructions on how to care for yourself at home to assist you with an easy recovery.

Since it is normal to feel drowsy after receiving anesthetic medications, we require that a responsible adult accompanies you home from the hospital and stays with you for the day and night following surgery. You must have an acceptable ride home. Community vans, city buses, etc. are not acceptable transportation due to the patient being under the residual effects of anesthesia.

Trident Surgery Center
9313 Medical Plaza Dr
Suite 102
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 797-8992
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