Preparing for Surgery


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  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to arriving at center; this includes water and chewing gum. There are a few special considerations to this guideline, so please call to speak with a pre-op nurse if you have concerns.
  • Please bathe and shower on the morning of your procedure to minimize the risk of infection.
  • Brush your teeth on the morning of the procedure but do not swallow any water.
  • Do not consume alcohol or smoke/chew any tobacco products 24 hours prior to your surgery. These substances may cause you to have adverse reactions to anesthesia and medications.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home except what is needed to take care of any financial obligations you may have.
  • Contact Lenses may not be worn during the procedure. Leave them at home or bring a case for their safekeeping.
  • Wear minimal to no makeup.
  • Unusual changes should be reported immediately to your physician, even if the changes seem minor,such as fever, cough, rash or a cold. Please notify your physician if there is a possibility that you are pregnant.
  • And finally, please arrive on time so that your procedure may begin as scheduled.