Pre-Operative Instructions

In order to have the safest and most effective surgery, it is important that you follow these pre-operative care instructions.

The term preoperative is defined as an action taken before a surgical procedure. Our team wants to ensure you are confident in the steps you take to prepare for a surgery, and we will provide you with detailed instructions on what that entails. The following list will address common questions we receive from patients who are nearing their surgery. Please keep in mind that our medical team is always available to address any additional questions or concerns you may have.

Should I arrange a ride to the facility?

Yes. You will not be allowed to drive after surgery. Please arrange for an adult to drive you home and for someone to be with you when you arrive.

When should I arrive?

You will receive instructions regarding arrival time during your pre-operative phone call.  It is important that you arrive at the designated time.

What may I eat and drink before the procedure?

Your physician or a preoperative nurse will inform you of eating and drinking restrictions prior to surgery. It is very important that you follow the provided instructions. If you do not, your surgery may be delayed or canceled.

 Should I take my routine medications on the day of the procedure?

You will be given instructions regarding medications by your physician or a staff member. Also, as noted above, please be prepared to list all medications (including name and dose) you are taking and to bring any with you that may be needed during your stay (e.g., inhaler or insulin).

To ensure that your surgery is safe and comfortable, it is critical that you ask the right questions and follow the designated instructions.

What can I do to help prevent a site infection?

Take a shower the night before and the morning of surgery. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Wash your hair first with any shampoo.
  2. Wash all of your body using a liquid antibacterial soap and a clean washcloth for each shower.
  3. Rinse well to remove all soap.
  4. Dry your body with a clean towel.
  5. Do not use lotion, cream, or powder.
  6. Do not shave or clip the area where the surgery will be done unless your physician directs you to do so.

On the day of your procedure make sure you, your family, and any other caregivers wash hands frequently while at the facility and at home following your surgery. Also, do not hesitate to ask members of your health care team at the facility if they have washed their hands. Lastly, be sure you follow all instructions provided by your health care team regarding the care and cleaning of your surgical site as well as the administration of post-operative medications and bandages.

What should I wear?

For your comfort, we encourage you to wear clothing that can be easily removed and stored. Please avoid wearing any jewelry, piercings, nail polish, and cosmetics, and leave contact lenses at home or bring your lens case with you.

What should I bring?

Please bring the following with you the day of surgery:

  • A photo identification and your insurance card(s). Our staff will need to verify and make copies when you check-in on the day of your surgery.
  • Any medications that you may need during your stay at the facility (e.g., inhaler or insulin).
  • A list of all drugs you are currently taking.
  • Payment of any patient responsibility (e.g. co-payment or deductible).

Please do not bring rings, watches, or other valuables.

How long can my family stay with me prior to my procedure?

This will depend upon a number of factors. However, we believe that familiar faces can assist in reducing your anxiety about the procedure, so please do not hesitate to inform the nurse that you would like a friend or family member to sit with you.


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