The day before surgery (or on Friday if your surgery is on Monday), you will receive a phone call from the pre-op nurse. The nurse will tell you when and where to come for your surgery and other special instructions, such as eating, drinking and medications you may not be able to take prior to surgery.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any type of infection (especially on the skin where surgery will be done), dental infection or tooth abscesses, cold, flu, rash, fever or loose bowels.
Do not drink any alcoholic beverages at least two days before surgery. Alcohol can react with medications, interfere with recovery, and cause serious complications. And try to stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery to improve your lung function and circulation and speed healing.
It is important to follow these instructions for your personal safety, comfort and recovery. If you do not follow these instructions, your surgery may be cancelled.
What to bring with you
- Your insurance and/or Medicare identification cards
- Social Security Number of responsible policy holder
- The name, address and phone number of the adult who will be driving you home
- A list of all medications you are currently taking in their original containers, including over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions
- A case for your glasses or contact lenses
- Although gowns are provided, you may want to bring a robe and slippers
- If you will need to make long distance calls, bring your calling card number with you. Or ask your family or friends to notify others of your progress after surgery
- Do not bring valuables, including large amounts of cash, credit cards and jewelry.
- Shower before surgery to remove make-up, lotions, perfumes or powders
- Remove false nails and nail polish from your fingernails or toes
- Brush your teeth, if desired, but do not swallow the water. If you wear dentures, a case will be provided.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow room for any dressings, braces that you may need after surgery.
Advance Directives and Living Wills
If you have a Living Will or Advance Directive, let your doctor know so copies can be included with your chart. Click here to access the pdf which you can complete and print. Please note that these documents must be completed before the day of surgery and cannot be witnessed by staff members.
If you are going home the same day of surgery you must have someone drive you home and pick up any prescriptions you may have. Your doctor will let you know if someone needs to be available for you the first 24 hours after you go home.
Patients who are able to leave on their own may do so with a family member or friend. A hospital staff escort may not be necessary, but a wheel and assistance from the staff is available.