About Your Surgery

BEFORE SURGERY

  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING after midnight, including water, mints or chewing gum. Undigested food in the stomach can cause complications and your surgery is likely to be postponed.
  • IF YOU ARE taking blood pressure, heart, seizure or asthma medication, take them the morning of surgery with a sip of water. If you use an inhaler, please bring it with you.
  • IF YOUR SURGERY is in the afternoon, you will be instructed if you can have a light breakfast.
  • BATHE OR SHOWER the morning of surgery to minimize the chance of infection. Teeth may be brushed, but DO NOT swallow any water.
  • REFRAIN FROM SMOKING after midnight on the day preceding surgery.
  • IF YOU SUSPECT YOU ARE PREGNANT, please notify your surgeon. Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to the fetus.
  • IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY HEALTH CHANGES between your most recent visit to your surgeon and the day of surgery, notify your surgeon. Please report even minor changes such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold.
  • BRING COMPLETED insurance forms, as well as your insurance cards and medical information.
  • PLEASE CHECK with your insurance company for pre-admission requirements such as second opinions, pre-admission certification, co-pays or deductibles. This will facilitate the admitting process.
  • ARRANGE FOR AN ADULT to be at the Surgery Center during surgery and to drive you home, as you cannot drive yourself after surgery. YOU SHOULD ALSO ARRANGE to have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery.

AFTER SURGERY

We’d like to give you some general rules to supplement the instructions you may receive from your doctor.

  • Follow the doctor’s instructions regarding diet, rest and medication.
  • Feeling dizzy and sleepy after a procedure is not unusual.
  • Surgical guests are advised not to drive, make important decisions or sign any important papers at least 24 hours following a procedure.
  • Our staff will call to check on your progress.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • YOU WILL be required to remove jewelry, so leave jewelry and valuables at home.
  • YOU MAY be required to remove make-up or nail polish depending on the type of procedure being performed.
  • WEAR COMFORTABLE, loose clothing. During surgery you will wear a patient gown provided by the Center.
  • WEAR FLAT, comfortable slip-on shoes.