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Adult Pre-Operative Instructions

The business day before your surgery you will be called between 10am and 4pm with your arrival time and any other pertinent information. To help make your surgery experience as easy as possible, it is important that you follow these instructions:

  • The night before your surgery, DO NOT eat or drink anything, including water, gum or mints, after midnight. If you smoke, do not smoke after midnight.
  • The morning of your surgery, follow the medication instructions given to you by the preadmission nurse or physician assistant.
  • If you did not speak directly with a nurse, please bring all current medications in original bottles, including all vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing. If you are having shoulder surgery, wear a button down shirt. If you are having foot or knee surgery, wear loose pants or shorts.
  • Please do not bring personal items or jewelry with you the morning of surgery. We cannot be responsible for lost belongings. However, small items can be locked away. Notify a nurse if this service is needed. You may bring your insurance card.
  • You will meet with an anesthesiologist in the pre-op area. It is important for you to share any concerns or questions you may have regarding anesthesia or your past experiences with anesthesia at this time.
  • If a legal guardian has been appointed, the guardian must accompany the patient with the proper guardianship papers.
  • If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever, or any symptoms of illness, notify your surgeon as your surgery may need to be rescheduled.
  • A responsible/licensed driver must accompany you the day of surgery and leave contact information to notify them when you are ready for discharge.
  • You must have someone home with you for 24 hours upon discharge.

Your cooperation in following these instructions is essential to ensure a safe surgical experience. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in the cancellation of your surgery.