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About Madison Surgery Center (MSC)
Madison Surgery Center (MSC) is a multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center.
We are committed to serving a comprehensive range of specialties, including:
Gynecology (female reproductive health)
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Orthopedic (bone and joint)
Podiatry (foot and ankle)
Vascular Surgery (minor procedures including radiofrequency ablation, carpal tunnel release)
Our physicians are all board certified or eligible for certification and a majority of the physicians are faculty for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. We are committed to education as part of our surgery model. As such, many of our surgical teams include residents and fellows who work under supervising physicians.
Our staff is comprised of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and assistants, registered nurses, surgical technologists, and ancillary support staff who direct patient care throughout the surgery/procedure. Many of our nursing staff have additional certification in surgical, anesthesia care and advanced cardiac life support (both pediatric and adult). In addition, our staff provides assistance and instructions to both patient and family for home care following the surgery/procedure.
Madison Surgery Center values
Madison Surgery Center believes that patients come first. We respect all patients who have procedures at MSC. We serve patients by providing quality medical care regardless of age, sex, race or religion.
Our goal is to provide our patients and their families education and teaching throughout the surgical experience ensuring proper care before, during and after the procedure.
Prepare for your procedure
The following information can help you prepare for your procedure.
Preparing for your procedure
Have questions? Check out our frequently asked questions to find answers to common questions about procedures at the Madison Surgery Center.
Madison Surgery Center staff will call you twice prior to your surgery - once seven days before your surgery to discuss important details and preparation, and once the day before, to confirm your surgery time and any other details.
Call your doctor if you experience any changes in your health between your most recent visit to your physician and the day of your procedure, or if you suspect you are pregnant.
On the day of your surgery, wear loose, comfortable clothes and don't use makeup, contact lenses and jewelry.
Madison Surgery Center patients should make sure to do the following prior to leaving home for their surgery:
Do not eat or drink anything in the morning or take any medications unless you have been given specific instructions stating otherwise.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can change easily and that will not bind to the site of your procedure.
Please leave all valuables at home (wedding band, watch, earrings, body piercing jewelry).
Please bring insurance identification cards as well as a photo ID.
Please bring some money for medications you may need to purchase.
Minors (under age 18) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you are a legal guardian, please bring any/all documents for proof of guardianship or Power of Attorney.
Children undergoing a procedure should bring their favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy. Please bring an extra set of clothes (especially pants and underwear or diapers if applicable). A sippy cup or bottle may also be helpful for after the procedure along with formula or milk if applicable.
Blanket and pillow for ride home.
Transportation and assistance from a responsible adult
Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to and from Madison Surgery Center (MSC) and stay throughout your procedure. You cannot drive for the rest of the day after your surgical procedure. To protect you privacy, the person accompanying you should be someone with whom the physician can discuss your health and results of the procedure. You will need to arrange for a responsible adult to assist with the following:
Drive you to and from MSC
Be present throughout your stay at MSC
Provide care for you for 24 hours or more after the surgical procedure.
Come directly to the Madison Surgery Center reception desk on the third floor to check in
"Correct patient" and "correct site" standards are followed. Several staff members will ask you to identify yourself, verify the correct spelling of your name and state the planned procedure.
Our staff goes to great lengths to make sure young surgery patients are comfortable and not scared, and at no time will pediatric patients be left alone.
You will be discharged as soon as your doctor deems you're ready to go home.
Your doctor will provide instructions about diet, rest, exercise and medications.
You should call your doctor if you experience excessive bleeding, pain that is not relieved by medication, fever over 100.0°F, painful, swollen, red incision sites, any drainage or bleeding from your incision, problems with nausea and vomiting, or problems urinating or emptying your bladder
Billing and insurance information
Pay your bill online
Use the Pay as a Guest option in UW Health MyChart.
Our surgery center is an approved facility for many health insurance plans. Patients whose procedures are not fully covered by their insurance plans must make financial arrangements to cover the cost prior to the day of the procedure. Some plans require certain procedures and/or physicians to be approved in advance, or they may not authorize coverage. Please contact your insurance company to ask if a pre-authorization is required before having an outpatient procedure/surgery performed at Madison Surgery Center. Cases that have not completed the prior authorization process will be rescheduled.
About your bill
Madison Surgery Center works hard at maintaining a rigorous program of cost containment to assure high-quality health care at a competitive rate. Our facility charges are billed separately from the laboratory fees and the fees of our physicians (surgeons, proceduralists, anesthesiologists).
Madison Surgery Center charges include the costs associated with the procedure/operating rooms, recovery room, nursing staff, medical-surgical supplies, and pharmaceuticals. The University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UW Health) is our managing partner and sends out billing information on behalf of Madison Surgery Center. Please be aware that "UW Health" is the name used for billing and collection services. You will also receive a separate bill for the physician and laboratory charges from UW Health.
Parking and transportation
For referring providers
Outpatient surgery and procedures are the sole focus of the physicians and staff at Madison Surgery Center, allowing our surgeons more time to spend with their patients. We pride ourselves on utilizing our surgeons time well with efficient room turnovers. We also provide a comfortable staff lounge for use throughout the day. Our goal is to provide outstanding services to our customers, both patients and surgeons.
Information for referring providers
Madison Surgery Center is a multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center and we currently service dermatology, general surgery, gynecology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedic, plastics, podiatry, urology and vascular surgery. We provide services for physicians and patients with the expectation that the patient will be discharged the same day.
Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
Gynecology (female reproductive health)
Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
Orthopedic (bone and joint)
Carpal tunnel release
Pain management (back injections for pain)
Hip and knee
Podiatry (foot and ankle)
Hallux valgus repair (bunion)
Vascular surgery (minor procedures including radiofrequency ablation)
Patients must not have significant health problems or multiple comorbidities, which could jeopardize their care here.
Patients must not have latex allergies (anaphylaxis).
Routinely scheduled patients should not take or eat anything by mouth (NPO) after midnight the night before the procedure.
Add-on patients requiring general anesthesia, sedatives or narcotics must not take or eat any solids by mouth (NPO) for eight hours and must not drink any clear liquids for three to four hours before the procedure.
Procedures for all Medicare patients must have a CPT code that is on the Medicare-approved list for freestanding ambulatory surgical centers.
If you are a licensed provider, please submit:
A written request for surgical procedures and/or credentials to the attention of the Medical Director, Madison Surgery Center, 1 S. Park St. Third Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Your current Curriculum Vitae with photocopies of your current Wisconsin State License and your Department of Drug Enforcement Authorization License.
A summary of surgeries you would like to perform and when you would like OR time (Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4pm).
Physicians who have been granted privileges may contact the scheduling staff at (608) 287-2587 between 8:30am and 4pm
If you are interested in becoming part of the Madison Surgery Center physician team, please submit your request in writing to the attention of the Medical Director or Administrative Director: Madison Surgery Center, 1 S. Park St. Third Floor, Madison, WI 53715