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Pre-Operative Instructions

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. This includes candy, mints, clear liquids, chewing gum, cigarettes and chewing tobacco unless otherwise instructed.
  • Take a bowel prep as instructed by your physician, if applicable.
  • If you drink or eat anything after midnight you surgery will be delayed a minimum of 6-8 hours or may be cancelled unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
  • Take only heart, blood pressure, seizure, and asthma medicines the morning of surgery with less than an ounce of water unless instructed otherwise by your physician or nurse anesthetist.
  • Diabetics.  Do not take any oral diabetic medications such as metformin or glyburide.  If insulin dependent check blood sugar the morning of procedure.
  • No makeup or jewelry is to be worn the morning of surgery.
  • Wear clothing that is loose and comfortable on the day of surgery.
  • Personal belongings for stay: Robe and good shoes with non-skid soles for walking in hallway, personal toiletries as needed, person gown or pajamas as desired.
  • Please practice the incentive spirometer 5 times daily, 3 breaths each time, for at least 3 days in a row and bring it with you the day of surgery if instructed by physician.
  • No shaving operative area 72 hours prior to procedure.
  • If you have any questions call the pre-operative education area at 251-8417 or 251-8449.
  • Report any signs of general ill feeling, fever, cough, congestion, etc, to your physician.