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Surgery - What to Expect

What you need to know before surgery

  • Be sure not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgey unless otherwise instructed by your physician. This includes the use of gum, mints, water, coffee and soft drinks. If you do not follow instructions about NOT eating or drinking and having an adult to drive you home, your surgery may be canceled.
  • Medications - Stop all herbal supplements and diet aids. Stop all blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Aspirin) unless otherwise instructed by your physician. You should take all heart and blood pressure medications or medications ordered for colon surgery as directed, the morning of surgery, with a small sip of water.
  • Shower the night before and the morning of surgery using Hibiclens? soap, also known as Chlorhexadine. Hibiclens? is available at all local pharmacies without a prescription. If you do not have Hibiclens?, bathe in an antibacterial soap.
  • If you smoke, do not smoke after midnight or the morning of scheduled surgery. This is important to prevent post-procedure respiratory conditions.
  • Men should shave the evening prior to surgery. Women should not shave their legs 2-3 days prior to surgery.
  • Fingernails - you may wear polish; however leave one finger without polish as it will be used to monitor your oxygen saturation.
  • Dress casually - wear clothing that is loose fitting and comfortable.
  • If you become ill or have fever the day before surgery, notify your physician immediately.
  • Leave personal valuables, such as jewelry, money, and credit cards, at home.
  • You may wear your glasses, dentures or contact lenses (don't forget a case for storage), but they should be given to your family for safekeeping while you are in surgery.
  • If you are scheduled to stay overnight, please leave belongings in your vehicle until your room assignment has been made.
  • Your anesthesia practitioner may attempt to phone you the night before your surgery.
  • In most cases, plan to arrive at least one-and-one-half to two hours prior to your scheduled surgery start time.

Learn about PASS (Pre-Admission Surgical Screening)

  • For our Patients
  • What to bring with you to your surgery
  • Going Home
  • Reduce the Risk of Surgical Infection and Mistakes