Pre & post surgery instructions
The information below covers instructions for procedures provided by our doctors and should be followed. However, if your doctor has given you different instructions than those on this page, please follow his guidelines first.
One of our nurses will contact you by telephone the day prior to your scheduled procedure. If you have not received that call or have any questions about what you find here, please contact our office so we can clarify any concerns you have. We are committed to assisting you throughout your healing process.
Before your procedure
- Do not eat or drink anything (including water) after midnight unless otherwise instructed. You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, but please don’t swallow.
- Please don’t smoke the morning of your surgery. Smoking reduces your body’s ability to heal and can contribute to infection.
- Do not drink alcohol the night prior to surgery (there is a possibility of alcohol reacting with the anesthetic agents).
- If you have diabetes, maintain control of your blood sugar. Uncontrolled blood sugar can contribute to infection. Speak with your physician if controlling your blood sugar is a problem for you.
- Bathe in the morning before coming in for surgery and wear freshly laundered clothing. For proper healing and to prevent infection, good hand hygiene is essential. Please wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
- DO NOT shave on or near the surgical site.
- If you wear glasses, please bring an eyeglass case.
- Leave all valuables, including money and jewelry, at home.
- If you have a child that is a patient, he/she may bring a favorite toy or blanket.
- Please call us before your surgery if you have a fever or other infection.
After your procedure
Your doctor will provide post-op instructions based on your individual surgery and will call you within 24 hours of your return home to check on your recovery and comfort.