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Patient Instructions

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SURGERY

Before the Day of Surgery

  • Talk to your surgeon about what to expect. Check with your physician about what to do the morning of your surgery regarding your medication.
  • Complete One Medical Passport preferable no later than 72 hours prior to your procedure.
  • If you become sick, develop a fever, cold, sore throat, upset bowels, have other health issues come up, or have any questions about the surgery please contact your surgeon.
  • Do not take herbal medication for at least fourteen (14) days before your surgery.
  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to the hospital, remain at the hospital during the procedure, and drive you home.

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Special Tips

  • If you have any problems please contact your physician
  • You will receive a telephone call following surgery from one of our nurses to inquire about your recovery and wellbeing. If you have any concerns, please discuss them with the nurse.
  • Please limit the number of people accompanying you to two(2). Children under 12 are not allowed in surgical care areas.

The Night Before Surgery

  • Follow the NPO instructions provided to you, or as ordered by your physician. Food or liquid in your stomach may cause sickness after anesthesia, or could cause major issues during surgery.

The Day of Surgery

  • If you use a CPAP/biPAP machine at home, bring it and its accessories with you to use while at the hospital.
  • Bathe or shower to reduce the chance of infection. Do not shave the surgical area for 24 hours before surgery.
  • If you normally take your blood pressure medication in the morning, take it with a small sip of water.
  • DO NOT use gum, mints, candy, chewing tobacco, snuff or smoke any products
  • Do not were makeup, artificial nails or nail polish. Leave all valuables at home including jewelry, body jewelry, and watch etc.
  • Please wear loose fitting comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • Come to the main entrance of the hospital and check n at the front reception at the assigned time you were asked to arrive.
  • You will register with eh admitting office (if not previously done) and then be escorted to the preoperative area to meet the pre-op nurses and anesthesia staff to discuss your anesthetic and post-operative pain management.
  • You must have a responsible adult with you to drive you home. You should not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours following anesthesia.
  • Bring something to occupy your time. Bring a favorite book, or toy for your child.
  • If you wear glasses, contacts, or hearing aids, bring along a case in which to store them during your surgery.
  • If you wear dentures or removable bridgework, etc. remove them before survey or as directed by anesthesia.
  • Check your blood glucose if you are diabetic and check it routinely.
  • If you have a cold, a fever of 100F or higher, a skin rash or an infection of any kind, notify your physician before surgery.
  • Bring all your medications in their original containers.
  • If you will be staying overnight, bring a robe, slippers, and basic toiletries. You may wear your own sleepwear. Bring clothes to wear home.