Surgery and Procedure Instructions

General Information

It is normal to have many questions about your surgery. If you have any additional questions or concerns, our staff is available to assist you.

The Day Before Your Surgery

Prior to your surgery, you will receive a phone call from the facility. Your surgery date and time will be confirmed and you may be asked to provide necessary information for your medical record.

  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING, including water and chewing gum, eight hours prior to your surgery. Eating or drinking before your surgery may result in your surgery being cancelled. You may brush your teeth and rinse but do not swallow any liquid.
  • STOP TAKING BLOOD THINNERS, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, motrin, plavix, coumadin, and any other medications that contain aspirin. Please check with your physician as to exactly when these medications need to be STOPPED. Your surgery may be cancelled if you do not stop taking these medications as indicated by your physician.
  • PROVIDE A LIST OF ALL YOUR CURRENT MEDICATIONS, such as prescription, non-prescription, over-the-counter, herbs or any others you are taking and give the list to your physician and to our staff before your scheduled surgery.
  • CALL YOUR SURGEON AND THE FACILITY IF YOU FEEL ILL or if a change in your condition develops, such as a cold, fever, persistent cough, weakness or other signs of illness.

The Day of Surgery

Plan to arrive at the designated facility 2 hours before your scheduled surgery time, unless otherwise instructed.

Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home. State law requires that after any surgery involving anesthesia or sedation you must be discharged to a responsible person who can drive you home. If you are unable to arrange for someone to drive you home, your surgery will be rescheduled.

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and slip-on shoes. You will be given a patient gown to wear for your procedure. If you are staying over, pack only those items you need, i.e. robe, slippers, toiletries..

Do not wear contact lenses, jewelry, make-up or nail polish. If needed, bring your prescription eye glasses, hearing aids and dentures with their cases for storage.

Bring proper identification and your insurance ID card and any co-payment that you have been asked to provide.

Upon arrival, please register at the admitting desk. You will be asked to verify your information and complete several brief forms.

After Surgery

You will be in the recovery room for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the surgery performed and the type of anesthesia given.

Prior to discharge from the surgery center or the hospital, you will be given both verbal and written instructions concerning your post-operative care, medications, diet and follow-up as prescribed by your physician.