Commonly Asked Questions

Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Medical Evaluation Center (MEC) ensures that patients are at their healthiest prior to surgery, and that their medical needs continue to be met for the duration of their hospitalization. Below, please find some of the frequently asked questions:

Q: Why do I need an appointment at the Medical Evaluation Center prior to surgery?
A: To be evaluated by Nursing and Anesthesia.

Q: How long does it take to go through testing in the Medical Evaluation Center?
A: It will take an average of two hours.

Q: Why has the Medical Evaluation Center canceled my surgery?
A: Because your current state of health would put you at high risk for medical complications during your surgery while you are under an anesthetic.

Q: Should I take my medications on the day of my surgery, and should I bring my medications with me to the hospital?
A: When you are examined in the Medical Evaluation Center, instructions will be given to you regarding your medications.

Q: What time should I arrive at the hospital for my surgery?
A: You should contact your surgeon's office, who will inform you when you should arrive for surgery.

If you have additional questions, please call the Medical Evaluation Center at 617-573-3720.