I’m Scheduled for Surgery

Pre-Operative Instructions
  • Before surgery, you will receive a phone call from the surgery facility pre-operative staff regarding preoperative instructions. Listen very carefully and take notes so that you do not forget any instructions.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery (including drinking water, chewing gum, eating hard candy or chewing tobacco). Brushing your teeth is permitted but do not swallow any water. Eating or drinking can cause serious complications and/or cause your surgery to be delayed or cancelled. We ask that you refrain from smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery.
  • If you are a diabetic, please bring your medications with you to your surgery facility to be taken as directed by your medical staff. If you take medications for your blood pressure or heart, please take your medication(s) as directed by the medical staff with just a sip of water. Please inform the medical staff if you are taking aspirin products or herbal remedies. These products could prolong bleeding time and might need to be discontinued prior to your surgery.
  • Take a shower or bath, but do not apply lotions or powder. This will minimize the chance of infection.
  • Do not wear makeup, jewelry or contact lenses. Wear comfortable clothing. Remove all nail polish and acrylic nails.
  • Leave all valuables at home. You will be required to remove all of your clothing before the surgery and wear a patient gown. Wear comfortable clothing and a button down shirt (if you are having shoulder and elbow surgery).
  • Notify us if there is any change in your physical condition such as a cold, fever, sore throat, rash, nausea, vomiting, or exposure to chicken pox.
  • If you are having outpatient surgery, a responsible adult must be available to receive instructions about your care and to drive you home from the surgery center after your surgery. If a responsible adult is not available your surgery will be cancelled. We strongly suggest a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Understand that if complications arise, a hospital transfer and admission may be necessary following outpatient surgery.
  • Please bring pillows with you to the surgery facility and leave them in your vehicle. It is important to elevate the extremity to reduce swelling. Bring your crutches and or walker when applicable.