Preparing for your surgery...
Careful attention to the following instructions will help ensure your comfort and reduce the possibility of complications.
- The Night before your procedure: Unless otherwise directed by your physician, please do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight, this includes water- the night before your procedure. This includes hard candy, gum or prescription medications, unless ordered by your doctor. Undigested food in the stomach can cause complications and your procedure is likely to be postponed if you forget to follow these instructions.
- Discuss post-op pain management with your physician, including medications you have experienced problems with in the past.
- DISCUSS WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN or anesthesiologist which medications, if any, are to be taken on the morning of the surgery.
- If you are still menstruating don't urinate until speaking with the admitting nurse, a urine specimen may be required.
- IF YOU SUSPECT YOU ARE PREGNANT, please notify your surgeon. Anesthesia and medication can be harmful to the developing fetus. Women in childbearing years will be expected to give a urine specimen upon arrival for a routine pregnancy test.
- Patients should bathe or shower the morning of your procedure to minimize the risk of infection. You may also brush your teeth or use mouthwash the morning of your procedure; however, remember not to swallow any water.
- Please leave jewelry and other valuable items at home. You may be asked to remove contact lenses, dentures and other prostheses when you dress for your procedure. Be sure to bring your contact lens case with you.
- Have a family member, close friend or responsible adult accompany you to the center and drive you home. You cannot take a taxi or public transportation after undergoing anesthesia.
- IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY HEALTH CHANGES between your most recent visit to your surgeon and the day of the surgery, notify your surgeon. Please report even minor changes, such as elevated temperature, cough or cold.
- Refrain from smoking after midnight of the day of your surgery.
- Bring completed insurance, medicare, or other required forms. This will facilitate the admitting process.
- You will be asked about your medical history and the medications you are currently taking. These two forms will need to be completed before your surgery. Please fill out these forms and bring them with you to the surgery center.
Upon Arriving at the center...
On the day of surgery you should arrive at the center approximately one hour before surgery to allow time for admitting and preoperative preparation. You will also be asked to sign a Consent to Surgery form, which acknowledges your permission for the physicians to care for you. You will be expected to remove everything from the waist up and change into one of our clean patient gowns.
After your surgery...
After your surgery, you will be transfered to our recovery room where you will remain under close observation by our recovery room nurses. You will receive a long awaited beverage and a snack until you are ready to go home. We will go over your discharge instructions with you and your ride home. Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, and medications. The center will provide you with a written summary of these instructions. Most patients are discharged within 30 minutes after surgery.
Upon arrival home...
We suggest that you pamper yourself for the first 24 hours following surgery, and arrange for an adult friend or relative to stay with you.
Since it is normal to feel drowsy after receiving an anesthetic, we advise that you do not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after surgery. A light diet is recommended for the first 12 hours after surgery. Do not drink any alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after surgery.
Resume regular medication, unless otherwise advised by your physician.
If you have any unexpected problems, please call your surgeon. A nurse from the center will contact you within a few days after your surgery to check your progress and answer any questions you may have.