Preparing for Surgery
How do I prepare for Surgery?
The Morning of Surgery
Please bathe or shower and wash your hair to minimize your risk of surgical site infection.
You may download a copy of our medical history, financial policy and patient information forms under the “Patient Forms” section listed above. Please complete these forms and bring them with you on your day of surgery. It may be helpful for you to bring a list of medications and illnesses as well. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to clarify any missing information. You may also choose to fill out these informational forms upon your arrival on the day of surgery.
Continue all medications prescribed by your doctor including blood thinners like Coumadin and aspirin. However, if you are taking aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal supplements without your doctors orders for a medical condition, please discontinue them 10 days prior to your surgery appointment. These include Anacin, Bufferin, Excedrin, Alka Selter and Percodan, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Oral Vitamin E & Ginko Biloba. You may take Tylenol if needed for pain. Alcohol will also promote bleeding, so avoid alcoholic beverages 48 hours before surgery. Please avoid wearing make-up, perfume, nail polish, and jewelry.
If you had a joint (knee, hip, etc.) replacement in the past 3 years or if you have had a surgical procedure or are awaiting a surgical procedure on your heart valve please contact our office immediately. We may need to administer additional antibiotics as a precaution for infection.
It is necessary that you arrange to have a companion drive you to and from the doctor’s office, because the doctor may give you a mild sedative. You may also be more comfortable with someone to keep you company in the reception area.
The day of surgery, we suggest you eat your normal breakfast.