The better you prepare the easier it will be above all, follow your doctor's instructions. Generally speaking, you should:
- Stop taking all aspirin and anti-inflammatory products such as ibuprofen,
Motrin and Aleve at least seven days before your surgery. It's okay to take
Tylenol products as an alternative
- Have a light dinner the night before, and avoid drinking alcohol
- Have nothing to eat or drink (including water) after midnight before your
- If your doctor has told you to take your routine medications, do so with a
small sip of water
- Shower and brush your teeth before leaving home but remember to avoid
- Bring your medications or a list of them. Note how often you take them. Also
bring test results if you have them
- Bring storage cases for dentures, hearing aids, glasses and contact lenses;
you may not wear these during surgery
- Be sure to have your insurance cards with you
- Wear loose-fitting clothes, avoid hair styling, makeup and perfume, and
leave all rings and other valuables at home
- Young children who are having surgery may bring a favorite toy or blanket
Your Family's Role
Since you should not drive yourself home after surgery or use a taxi or public
transportation, be sure that a family member or friend comes with you to the
center. They will be asked to wait in our lounge until you are ready to go home.
You will spend some time in our recovery room under the close care of our
skilled and good-natured nursing staff. When you feel ready, you may have a cup
of coffee or tea, indulge in a freshly baked muffin and visit with your family.
When your surgeon or anesthesiologist thinks you are ready to leave, he or she
will discharge you and review your post-operative instructions. A nurse will
then escort you to your vehicle.
It's usually best if someone stays with you for the first 24 hours after surgery
in case you need help. Be sure to call your doctor if you have any questions
about your surgery or recovery.