Preparing for Surgery: Instructions Prior to Surgery

Two weeks before surgery

Stop taking herbal medications. Examples include Gingko biloba, Echinacea and St. John’s wort.

Four days before surgery

Stop taking any aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxyn products (Tylenol/acetaminophen is OK).

The day before surgery

  • Do not drink any alcohol or use marijuana, etc.
  • If you are ill, contact your surgeon.
  • You will be contacted by our Pre-admission Testing department between 3-5 p.m. the day prior to your surgery (or Friday if your surgery is scheduled for a Monday). Your final instructions, including arrival time, will be given at this time and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The day of surgery

  • You should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery (including hard candy, chewing gum and cough drop) unless you are given different instructions. It is OK to brush your teeth.
  • DO bathe or shower and brush your teeth (without swallowing water). You may use deodorant.
  • DO wear loose, comfortable clothing; it will be placed in a locker during your procedure.
  • Take your morning medications if the nurse or your physician instructed you to do so.
  • Please leave any valuables and jewelry at home. If you wear reading glasses, you may bring them with you. For your safety, contact lenses and body piercing jewelry cannot be in the operating room.
  • You will be asked to provide the cell phone number of a family member or contact person if you would like your surgeon to talk with him/her about your operation.
  • If you have an ID bracelet, please bring it with you on the day of your surgery.

Before surgery, an anesthesiologist will speak with you.

After surgery, your surgeon will talk to your family member/companion.

Any time

If you have questions, please call 331-221-1170 for a day-surgery nurse.

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