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Pre and Post Operation Instructions

The Night before Surgery

  • The pre-op nursing staff will make an attempt to contact you the business day before your procedure. A message will be left on your answering machine only if the patient is identified on the outgoing message.
  • Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening before your surgery.
  • If you are taking medications for high blood pressure, diabetes or nervous disorders, contact your surgeon for additional instructions.
  • Medications and anesthesia may be harmful to a fetus, especially in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. If there is the possibility of pregnancy, please contact your surgeon prior to undergoing surgery.
  • Notify your surgeon of any changes in your health or if you have been exposed to any communicable diseases.
    Please do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your surgery.

The Morning of Surgery

  • You should arrive at the Center one hour prior to the scheduled surgery time with photo ID and insurance card.
  • Bathe the morning of surgery. If you shampoo your hair, make sure it is dry and do not use hairspray.
  • Do not wear powder, lotions, makeup or lipstick.
  • Wear loose fitting, casual clothing that can be easily removed.
  • Do not bring rings, watches or other valuables to the center.
  • Bring a list of all prescriptions you are currently taking with you on the day of surgery.
  • Bring a written list of known allergies.
  • We will need a urine specimen from all females with childbearing capabilities, unless you have had a hysterectomy performed.
  • Remove fingernail polish.
  • Children are encouraged to bring a favorite stuffed toy.
  • You must have an adult present or reachable by phone to assume responsibility after your procedure. (Our staff will call to verify that your ride is available and reliable.) Your surgery will not be performed without a ride present or a reliable phone number.

Prior to Surgery

  • Patients must sign a surgical consent form before any medication can be given or surgery performed.
  • Minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign a consent form before surgery can be performed. The responsible individual must stay in the center before, during, and after the procedure in the event of an emergency. 
  • Patients should not leave the center unless they are under the care and supervision of a responsible adult. This may be a friend or relative who can drive the patient home.
  • Smoking 24 hours before or after surgery may be detrimental to your recovery.

Following Surgery

  • Do not drive, sign important papers or make critical decisions for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not operate machinery, power tools, etc. for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours.
  • A representative of the center will contact you the business day after surgery to inquire about your condition. If we do not reach you, you will receive a letter in the mail to inform you that an attempt was made to contact you.
  • Your surgeon will provide you with post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest and medication. In the event of any difficulties or complications, call your surgeon immediately.