We understand that surgery can be a daunting experience, no matter the scale. The information below is meant to help guide you through the process and prepare you for your surgery with us. Please note that this information is for educational purposes only; your physician and/or one of our staff members will personally go over the specific details of your procedure with you.
Prior to Surgery
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight: This includes coffee, tea, gum, and mints. Drink plenty of fluids up until midnight to make sure you are well hydrated.
- Prescribed Medications: If your surgeon has given you a prescription, we recommend that you pick up your medication BEFORE the day of surgery. If not, your physician will write you a prescription upon discharge.
- Assign a Designated Driver: If you’re having surgery on an outpatient basis, we require that a responsible adult accompanies you home and is available to help you for the first 24 hours after surgery. We STRONGLY discourage taking a taxi or any type of public transportation.
- Prepare Your Home: Move any items that you will need after surgery to waist level to avoid any excessive lifting or bending
Day of Surgery
- Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes. Do not wear anything tight fitting.
- Arrival Time: Patients are asked to arrive two hours in advance of their scheduled surgical time for two important reasons: First, it could take up to 40 minutes to get you ready for surgery. Secondly, some procedures can take less time than anticipated; in which case your procedure may occur earlier than anticipated. If that should occur, it is important that the preliminary steps have been completed.
- DO Bring to the Hospital: Contact lenses/glasses, insurance card(s), a photo ID, a list of all medications you are currently taking.
- DO NOT Bring to the Hospital: Valuables such a jewelry and extra money.
You will receive instructions for your home care before leaving the hospital. Be sure that you understand these instructions and follow them carefully. Speak with your doctor if you have questions or concerns. To plan for your care at home, ask your doctor about:
- Any new medications you will be taking
- Warning signs
- Your follow-up care
- Safe activities you can do after surgery (climb stairs, exercise, etc.) and any special equipment needs
- Incision and bandage care