Preparing for Surgery

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Your surgeon will be performing the procedure at our facility, assisted by our registered nurses and skilled technicians.  If your surgery requires anesthesia, an anesthesia team will be provided to complete your team of medical experts,

To ensure a safe procedure, please follow these simple guidelines:


The preparation of patients has advanced significantly with improved diagnostic techniques and procedures. Before surgery the patient may be asked to undergo a series of tests including blood and urine studies, x-rays and specific heart studies if the patient's past medical history and/or physical exam warrants this testing.
Surgical procedures most often require some type of anesthetic. Some procedures require only local anesthesia, produced by injecting the anesthetic agent into the skin near the site of the operation. The patient remains awake with this form of medication. Injecting anesthetic agents into a primary nerve located near the surgical site produces block anesthesia (also known as regional anesthesia), which is a more extensive local anesthesia. The patient remains conscious, but is usually sedated. General anesthesia involves injecting anesthetic agents into the blood stream and/or inhaling medicines through a mask placed over the patient's face. During general anesthesia, the patient is asleep and an airway tube is usually placed into the windpipe to help keep the airway open.

General Information

  • List of medications with the dosages and previous surgical procedures.
  • Please have someone plan to stay at the hospital for the duration of your procedure who can drive you home.
  • Please leave all valuables at home.
  • Wear casual, loose fitting clothing so you will be comfortable when you leave the Hospital. A patient gown will be provided by the Hospital prior to surgery.
  • Do not wear jewelry because it may get lost or cause skin irritation if it becomes too tight.
  • Do not wear makeup because it tends to smear or cause tape not to stick.
  • Do not wear contact lenses because they may get lost, dry out, or scratch the eyes.
  • Remove dentures before the procedure.

Eating and Drinking Restrictions

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day before surgery.

Specific instructions may be given to continue certain medications, such as heart medications, or to discontinue certain medications, such as aspirin or blood thinners, several days before the procedure. These recommendations should be followed carefully. A violation could delay or cancel the surgery.