For your safety, we must ensure that you are prepared for your surgery. Your procedure may be canceled if you have not followed these instructions:
- Notify your surgeon if you have experienced any health changes (a cold, cough, fever, etc,) since your last visit.
- Do not eat or drink anything, do not chew gum or use breath mints after midnight the night before surgery. Take your routine daily medications with a sip of water unless you have been instructed not to.
- The day and evening before surgery, eat normally and take your prescribed medications.
- Take a bath or shower before coming to the surgery center. Do not wear make-up or nail polish on the day of your surgery.
- Wear casual, loose-fitting clothing and slip on shoes for your comfort and ease of dressing after surgery.
- Bring your picture ID and insurance cards with you.
- Leave all other valuables at home. Do not wear jewelry, watches or contact lenses.
- You must arrive 1-1/2 hours before your scheduled surgery time.
- You cannot drive yourself. You must arrange transportation to and from the surgery center. You will not be allowed to leave alone after surgery.
- Do not smoke for 24 hours before your surgery.
- If you have asthma, please bring your inhalers with you.
- If you use a home CPAP machine, please bring it to your surgery. It will be used while you are waking up from anesthesia.
- Do not take aspirin, NSAIDS, naproxen, or ibuprofen for 7 days prior to surgery. Tylenol is ok to use.
- Coumadin, Plavix and other blood thinners should have been discontinued by your surgeon at least 5 days prior to surgery. If you are using blood thinners and they have not been stopped, please contact your surgeon as soon as possible.
- Please call us at (253) 572-7120 for any questions.
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions.
- Resume your usual daily medications.
- Please ask your surgeon when you may restart blood thinners.
- The average stay in the recovery room is 1-1/2 to 2 hours. You will be discharged when a responsible person is present to take you home.
- If you have had general anesthesia you must follow these instructions for 24 hours:
- Do not drive or operate machinery
- Do not take public transportation
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages
- Do not sign legal documents
- Do not care for a dependent person