Every surgery or procedure is unique. Therefore, you should always consult your physician with specific questions about your surgery or procedure. The information provided in this section is presented as general guidelines. If at any time, the instructions on this website are different from or contradict those given to you by your physician or nurse, always defer to the instructions from the medical professional.
Pre-Op Instructions (Before Your Surgery or Procedure)
Some time before your procedure date, a staff member from this facility will contact you to confirm your appointment time. During this conversation, they will:
- Review your health history information, including current or past medical conditions, allergies, and medications you are currently taking.
- Instruct you as to what time you are to stop eating and drinking prior to your procedure.
- Clarify any questions they have pertinent to your care.
- Answer any questions you may have. Please be sure to ask the nurse whether you should take your regular medications on the day of your procedure.
Additionally, please remember to:
- Notify your doctor and our nurse if there is any possibility you are pregnant.
- Contact your doctor immediately if you develop any signs of illness before your surgery date. Things to report include: high fever, sore throat, other infections, breathing difficulties, chest pain, or any other symptom that is not normal for you and you feel is important.
- Leave all valuables and jewelry (including all piercings) at home.
- Arrange for someone over the age of 18 to drive you home after surgery. For your safety, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home. If you choose, this person can be with you during specific portions of your time at the surgery center. For your safety, we advise that someone care for you for 24 hours after the surgery.
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have and be sure to let the staff know of any special needs we should be aware of to better accommodate you.