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Your preparation for surgery is extremely important to reduce the risk of complications during surgery, as well as improve your comfort level and recovery time after surgery. Your physician will schedule pre-admission testing prior to surgery.
Health Care Proxy or Living Will
A Health Care Proxy or Living Will is a statement that outlines the medical treatment that a patient requests and the name of the person they trust to make sound health care decisions for them in case they are unable to speak for themselves. If a patient has one, they should bring it with them. If you do not have one, you will receive a health proxy form during pre-admission testing or click here to complete one prior to your
Because you are undergoing outpatient surgery, you are not permitted to drive the day of surgery. Please make sure that someone will drive you home after surgery. Your surgery will be canceled if you do not have someone with you.
It is also recommended that someone remain with you at your home overnight because the effects of anesthesia may last up to 24 hours.
No one under the age of 18 will be admitted without being accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Legal guardians must provide proof of guardianship.
Food and Drink
Eat a normal evening meal the day before your surgery, unless directed otherwise, but DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight – including gum or mints.
DO NOT smoke the evening prior to or the morning of your surgery. Smoking causes bronchial irritation and may increase the likelihood of breathing problems during and after anesthesia.
DO NOT drink alcohol for at least two days prior to surgery.
- Routine heart, breathing or blood pressure medications should be taken as prescribed with a small sip of water on the day of your surgery. Inform your nurse about the medications you have taken. Medications such as insulin and inhalers should be brought with you.
- Do not take aspirin or Motrin/ibuprofen products at least 10 days prior to surgery. If you take aspirin or Coumadin daily, you must talk to your physician before discontinuing the medication.
- Notify your physician if you are taking diet suppressant medication and follow the directions you are given.
Notify your surgeon immediately if you suspect you might be pregnant. Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to a developing fetus.
Changes in Your Health
Report any changes in your health to your surgeon, even minor changes such as a persistent cough, cold or fever.