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.