A member of our staff will attempt to call you prior to your surgery date in order to confirm your appointment, complete a pre-operative questionnaire, provide you with your pre-operative instructions regarding medications you may take on the morning of your surgery.
Please talk with your physician about any daily medications you are currently taking, especially for heart, diabetes or blood pressure problems; be sure to mention over-the-counter drugs such as asprin, Bufferin, Nuprin, Advil or Motrin, as well as diet drugs and herbal remedies.
If for any reason you cannot keep your surgical appointment, or you notice the following: you suspect you are pregnant or experience any changes in your health such as a cough, fever or cold, contact your physician immediately.
Electronic Patient Registration is available for patients who wish to complete their pre-operation information at their leisure and have access to the Internet. This process is much more convenient for patients and eliminates repeat phone calls for follow-up or missing information. Patients who wish to pre-register can find instructions on the Clinical History page. This can be completed up to 48 hours prior to surgery.
- If you prefer not to use the online format, a Registered Nurse will try and contact you by phone in order to obtain a health history.
Your doctor may order pre-operative lab tests to assist in screening and preparing you for surgery. These may include specific blood tests, an EKG and chest X-ray. All blood tests, EKG's and chest X-rays need to be completed at the facility of your choice which best meets your insurance requirements at least two days prior to your surgery day. Surgery may be delayed without the required test results.
For safety and protection, you will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle after surgery. Please arrange for a responsible person to drive you home and remain with you. If the Patient is a child, it is best to have someone along with the driver to help care for the child on the trip home.
Two or Three Days Prior to Surgery
A member of our staff will call you several days prior to your surgery date to complete a preoperative telephone interview, confirm arrival and surgery times and answer any questions you may have.
The Night Before Surgery
For your safety, please do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight (including water) the night before your surgery, unless instructed by our Center personnel. This includes hard candy, gum, or prescription medications (unless ordered by your physician).
EXCEPTION: Bowel preps for GI Surgery. Bathe or shower the night before or morning of surgery to minimize the chance of infection. Teeth may be brushed, but DO NOT swallow water. Refrain from smoking after midnight on the night before your surgery.
Arrange for care of your children for 24 hours following surgery, as you could feel drowsy for that period of time. Leave your valuables, including jewelry and watches at home. Wear comfortable clothes and slip on shoes. You'll be asked to remove contact lenses, dentures or other prostheses when you change for surgery - please bring your containers. Bring your medications with you, including insulin. The anesthesiologist will tell you what to take. Please bring with you any forms for your physician (if requested).