Preparing for Surgery

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

  • Please shower at home twice before surgery, once the evening before and once on the morning of. Click here for further specific instructions
  • 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 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); Take these medications as directed by your physician
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery unless otherwise instructed. This includes coffee, tea, water, and juice
  • Do Not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your surgery
  • Do Not smoke for 4 weeks before surgery or your risk of serious complications increases
  • 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