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Before Your Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.This includes water, gum or candy
  • Please shower the night before or day of surgery and use antibacterial soap such as Dial. Please do not use lotions or powder after shower. DO NOT SHAVE the operative area prior to coming to hospital as this contributes to postoperative infections.
  • If you take medication routinely for any condition, ask your physician or the anesthesiologist whether to take it the day of surgery.
  • Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin or other similar medications for 3-5 days prior to surgery. May take Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed.
  • It is recommended that you do not smoke for at least 12 hours before and after your surgery.
  • Do not wear jewelry or bring other valuables with you to the hospital. This includes piercings.
  • Remove all nail polish before coming to the hospital. Wear minimal makeup.
  • Do not wear contact lenses.
  • Remember to wear comfortable and loose clothing. Often after surgery, tight clothing will be uncomfortable and make it difficult to get dressed.
  • You are required to have a responsible adult drive you home from the hospital upon discharge and stay with you. It is recommended that person wait with you at the hospital until you are ready for discharge. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor.
  • Make arrangements for someone to care for you at home. Case Managers are available to help you locate resources if needed.

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