Before Surgery

  • Do not eat anything after midnight the night before
  • No dairy products after midnight or the morning of surgery
  • No chewing gum or hard candy the morning of surgery
  • Clear fluids are allowed up to 4 hours before surgery
  • Review any instructions that were given to you by your Doctor
  • Take a complete bath or shower, including washing your hair
  • No makeup, nail polish or jewelry

Alert staff when scheduling surgery if you are currently taking any of these medications:

  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • Naproxen (Aleve)
  • Cilostazol (Pletal)
  • Fondaparinux (Arixtia)
  • Ticlidopine (Ticlid)
  • Clopidogrel(Plavix)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)

Medical Problems to Alert the Doctor 

  • History of complications with anesthesia
  • History of bleeding problems
  • Symptoms of upper respiratory infection within 1 week of surgery
  • Allergies and any existing medical problems


  • For most surgeries you will be asked to arrive 1 hour before surgery

What to Wear and Bring

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
  • Bring an updated list of current medications including prescription, over-the-counter, and any vitamins or herbal supplements
  • Insurance Card
  • Co-pay, if insurance requires it

After Surgery

  • Have a responsible adult who can drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours
  • You will be given detailed discharge instructions and a follow-up appointment