Before Your Surgery
The following instructions are to ensure a successful anesthesia and surgery and must be followed. Otherwise, your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
Do not eat or drink anything eight hours before your surgery including water, juice, coffee, chewing gum, mints, or chewing tobacco. Any amount of food or drink may lead to cancellation or delay of surgery, as a result increased risk of displacement of stomach contents into the lungs.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages, use illicit drugs, or smoke before or after your procedure. Such actions may adversely affect your anesthesia and other medicines administered during surgery and may delay healing.
Bring your medications or a list of all prescription drugs with you to the hospital the day of your procedure. Please consult with your primary physician or surgeon as to what medications should be taken the day of surgery. Generally, your blood pressure medicines, thyroid medicines, anticonvulsants, psychiatric medicines, and anti-cholestrol medications should not be stopped. If you are a diabetic and take insulin, please consult your surgeon regarding the timing and dose of your diabetes medications.
If your same day surgery requires the administration of anesthesia, a family member or friend must take you home. If you do not have a ride home, we may delay or cancel your procedure in the interest of your safety.