Patient Information

Surgical Instructions

Prior to Surgery

  • Schedule time off work (if applicable)
  • Make sure that someone is available to drive you to and from surgery
  • Fill your prescriptions
  • Arrange for a friend or family member to stay with you for 24 hours after surgery (if you are having sedation)
  • Prepare food ahead of time that you can eat on the day of surgery (juice, shakes, yogurt, well-cooked pasta, mashed potatoes)
  • Medications to avoid 10 days prior to surgery: NSAIDS (Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, etc.), Blood thinners, Vitamin E, Green tea, Garlic supplements, Ginkgo, Ginseng, St.Johns Wort (Tylenol is OK).

Day of Surgery

(with sedation)

  • No food or drink for 6 hours prior to the surgery.
  • If you take daily medications, you can take them with a sip of water.
  • No water, tea, gum – NOTHING. Only a small amount of water necessary for brushing teeth that morning.
  • Ingesting food or fluids within 6 hours of your surgery is a serious health concern that will result in your surgery being cancelled.
  • Please arrive at the office 20 minutes prior to your scheduled surgery time.
  • A responsible adult needs to accompany you home after surgery.
  • Please dress comfortably