Pre-Surgery Instructions


Your surgeon has determined the type of procedure you will have, the order it is performed and arrival time. We will keep you informed of any changes or delays, as it is sometimes necessary for your surgeon to modify the order of his/her surgical procedures. Occasionally, a patient's procedure takes longer than expected or an emergency occurs that may delay your surgical time. IT IS BEST TO PLAN ON STAYING MOST OF THE DAY AT THE HOSPITAL.

Special Instructions

  • Do not EAT, SMOKE, or CHEW anything after midnight the night before surgery (unless otherwise instructed). No alcohol consumption after 12 noon on the day prior to surgery. You may have clear liquids until 2-3 hours before surgery.
  • Bring a list of all current medications and allergies with you to the hospital.
  • Notify the office if you are taking any of the following:
    • Blood Thinners (aspirin, coumadin, warfarin, plavix, etc).
    • Heart or Blood Pressure medications
    • Insulin
    • Seizure medications
    • Daily medications
  • Take your morning dose of medications with a sip of water as ordered by your surgeon.
  • Remove all body piercings and jewelry prior to arrival at the hospital.
  • Do not shave your surgical area prior to arrival to reduce the risk of infection.
  • You will need to make arrangements for your ride home. You will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Please notify your physician as soon as possible if you develop any skin rash, inflammation, cuts, bug bites, colds, fever, recent chest pain or urinary tract infections.
  • Remove artificial nails and nail polish from operative extremity.
  • Do not wear make-up or contact lenses to the hospital.

One friend or family member will be allowed at the bedside. Others should wait in the Surgery Family waiting room. It is recommended that children be discharged with two adults.