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Preparing for Surgery

Following is a list of do's and dont's 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 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) prior to surgery or as instructed by your surgeon.
  • 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 you 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.