Please follow these instructions to ensure your safety and a positive experience. Failure to follow instructions may require rescheduling of surgery for your safety.
- Have NOTHING to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your surgery appointment. You may, however take your usual medications with a small sip of water. An empty stomach is critical for anesthesia safety. If you eat or drink we will need to reschedule your appointment.
- If you have an inhaler (asthma), please bring it to your appointment. Diabetic patients please monitor your blood glucose closely leading up to surgery and post-surgery to prevent problems with wound healing.
- A responsible adult must accompany you to the office and plan to stay in the office to receive your home care instructions. They are responsible for driving you to and from the office. Public transportation, taxi or ride sharing service may be used, however you must still have a responsible adult able to travel with you and care for you.
- It is important that the responsible adult stay with you after surgery to assist you in eating and taking medications appropriately. They should read the “Home Care Instructions” and help you follow our guidelines until you are capable of taking care of yourself.
- You must not drive a motor vehicle for the rest of the day. Also, you must not drive yourself to the surgery appointment if you have taken any sedative medication.
- If you are experiencing a head or chest cold or respiratory infection, please call the office PRIOR to your appointment. It may be safer to re-schedule your appointment.
- If prescriptions were sent to your pharmacy, please pick up prior to surgery.
- Please wear loose fitting clothing and a short sleeve shirt to your appointment. This will help in placing necessary monitoring devices like the blood pressure cuff, EKG and IV. Please also do not wear lipstick, makeup and remove facial jewelry including ear, nose or tongue rings or studs. Do not wear contacts – please wear glasses day of surgery.
- You must remove any thick nail polish or nail coverings These interfere with pulse oximetry monitoring.
- No photography or audio / video recording on premises to ensure privacy of other patients and staff
- Please share these instructions with your responsible adult who will be with you at surgery.
Please remember that we are committed to your comfort and safety during your entire visit. Our aim is to take away as much anxiety and apprehension as possible for you. We enjoy hearing from our patients how their experience was easier than they had expected. We hope to do the same for you.
If you have any questions please call us at 503-366-4248