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Preparing for Surgery

There are a number of guidelines to follow in preparing for surgery:

  • It is advisable to have a bath/shower before any procedures as subsequent bath/shower may be difficult depending on what procedures has been carried out.
  • Please do not shave the surgical site!  It will be done for you if necessary.  Shaving yourself increases the risk of infection.
  • If you are diabetic, please contact your primary physician for instructions regarding your insulin or oral medications.
  • If you are currently taking aspirin, aspirin products, or non-steroidal medications, which includes Ascriptin, Aleve, Mortin or Advil; STOP taking these medications 5 days prior to your surgery.
  • If you are currently taking Coumadin (Warfarin), Ticlid (Ticlopidine), or Plavix (Clopidogrel); if you are on these drugs, please inform me for advice.
  • For morning surgery: Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery unless otherwise instructed.  This includes coffee, tea, water, and juice. 
  • For afternoon surgery: A small breakfast BEFORE 7AM is OK, and nothing after that.  Your surgery may be cancelled if you do not follow these instructions.
  • Do Not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your surgery.
  • Do Not bring valuables such as money, jewelry, etc.  Do Not wear makeup.
  • Bring toiletries and loose fitting, comfortable clothing to wear upon discharge.
  • Notify us if there is a change in your condition prior to surgery (such as a cold, cough, fever or infection).  If severe, your surgery may need to be postponed for your safety.
  • Stop all herbal medications 4 weeks before surgery unless discussed beforehand (especially Ginseng, Garlic, Gingko, or St. John’s Wort, which increases the risk of bleeding).

There are also a few important steps to take the day of your surgery:

  • On the day of your surgery, report to hospital reception.
  • If you have not already done so, you will meet your anesthesiologist.
  • After the operation, you will go directly to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for 1-2 days, then admitted to a hospital room for further recovery if necessary.
  • After discharge, and as long as you are taking prescription pain medicine, you are not permitted to:
  • Drive a Car nor operate power equipment.
  • Drink Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Sign important papers.
  • Instructions regarding safe resumption of the above activities will be provided by your surgeon.
  • If you have questions, regarding any of the above instructions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

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