Planning ahead can help ensure you have a successful procedure and heal faster with a smooth recovery.

What should you do to prepare for surgery?

There are several steps you should take before your surgery so you’ll feel as relaxed and confident as possible.

Do not eat or drink anything including water after midnight of the day preceding surgery. Undigested food in the stomach can cause complications, and your surgery is likely to be postponed if you forget

Bathe or shower the morning of surgery to minimize the chance of infection. Teeth may be brushed, try not to swallow any water

Refrain from smoking for 3-7 days prior to surgery

No aspirin or ibuprofen, Vitamin E or herbal supplements for 2 weeks prior to surgery

If you suspect you are pregnant please notify our office as soon as possible as general anesthesia and other medications may be harmful to the developing fetus

If you experience any health changes between your most recent visit to our office and the day of surgery, please notify our office as soon as possible. Please report even minor symptoms, such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold

Leave your jewelry and other valuables at home

Wear casual loose clothing; you will wear a patient gown provided by the hospital or surgery center

Arrange for an adult to either be with you or to drive you home following surgery. You should also arrange to have someone stay with you the first night following your surgery

Limit the number of people who accompany you to the hospital or surgery center. To maximize the comfort of all visitors, we suggest that adult patients be accompanied by only one person

One to two weeks prior to surgery, you will be asked to undergo a pre-op evaluation and have routine blood tests drawn

The day before surgery, our nurse will contact you and give you specific pre-operative instructions and tell you what time to arrive at the hospital or surgery center.


What you need to know for after your procedure.