Pre & Post Op Instructions

The Night Before Surgery

  • 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 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.
  • Remove fingernail polish.

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.
  • 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 after surgery to inquire about your condition.
  • Your surgeon will provide you with post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest and medication.

Discharge Instructions

If you had general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, pay particular attention to the following instructions:

  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages including beer for 24 hours. Alcohol enhances the effects of anesthesia and sedation.
  • Do not drive a motor vehicle, operate machinery or power tools for 24 hours. If a child, no bicycle riding, skateboarding, etc.
  • Do not make important decisions or sign legal documents for 24 hours.
  • You may experience light-headedness, dizziness and sleepiness following surgery. DO NOT STAY ALONE. A responsible adult should be with you for this 24-hour period.
  • Rest at home with moderation. It may not be necessary to go to bed. However, it is important to rest 24 hours following general anesthesia.
  • You may resume eating just as you did before surgery. If you are feeling nauseated start with liquids such as soft drinks, soup or Jell-O gradually working up to solid foods. We do not recommend spicy or greasy foods the first day.
  • If taking medication, be careful as you climb stairs, you may experience dizziness and difficulty with depth perception.

Wound Care Instructions

  • Leave your bandages on for at least 24 hours, or until an office visit is directed by your physician.
  • Keep wound and dressing clean and dry. Water can help bacteria infect your wound.
  • Check for signs of infection daily. Pain, swelling, temperatures of 101 degrees and above, extreme redness and drainage from wounds usually means infection.
  • If any problems develop after leaving the surgery center, call your physician immediately! If emergency care is needed, go to the nearest hospital.
  • For discharge instructions based on your procedure, visit the patient registration page.