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Preparing for  Surgery

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Preparing for Surgery

Following is a list of do's and don'ts that will help you prepare for your surgery.  These measures are meant to maximize your safety and comfort.  

Please do the following:  

  • Do notify your surgeon if you experience any health changes before the day of surgery.  
  • Do take medications for heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, Parkinson's and seizures on the day of the surgery, but with a very small (not more than two ounces) sip of water.  
  • Do wear your hearing aid, eyeglasses and dentures if you have them.  
  • Do consult the prescribing physician if you are taking blood thinners or diabetic medication.  
  • Do bring inhalers prescribed for breathing treatments.  
  • Do brush your teeth; rinse with water, but do not swallow.  
  • Do bathe or shower the evening before or the morning of surgery.  
  • Do wear comfortable clothing.  
  • Do bring a bi-pap or c-pap machine to the hospital if you have sleep apnea.  

Please do not do the following:  

  • Do not take any herbal supplements for two weeks prior to surgery.  
  • Do not drink any alcohol for at least 48 hours prior to surgery.  
  • Do not eat or drink anything from 12 a.m. (midnight) before surgery or as your surgeon instructed.  
  • Do not chew gum, eat hard candy or smoke after midnight.  
  • Do not wear contact lenses on the day of surgery.  
  • Do not wear hairpins, barrettes, or any metal objects in your hair.  
  • Do not wear any make-up, lotion, perfume, cologne, powder, or hair products on the day of surgery.  
  • Do not bring jewelry or wear any body piercings.  
  • Do not bring personal belongings or valuables to the hospital.