Helpful Reminder for Surgeries

Preparing for Your Surgery

  • Do NOT take aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e. Motrin, Advil, Aleve) two (2) weeks prior to surgery and two (2) weeks after surgery, unless instructed otherwise by your physician.
  • Do NOT smoke for at least 24 hours prior to surgery. It is best to avoid smoking one (1) week prior to surgery and two (2) weeks following surgery.
  • Your physician may request pre-operative testing (EKG, lab work, medical clearance). These tests must be completed at least 7 days prior to the day of your surgery.
  • FAX pre-op test results to the surgery center pre-op department at (818783-5059. You will NOT be permitted to drive after surgery.
  • You must have a responsible adult with you during your visit at the surgery center AND to drive you home.
  • Someone MUST be available to stay with you for the first 24 hours after discharge.
  • If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian MUST accompany you to the center and REMAIN on the premises during surgery. A pre-op nurse will call prior to your surgery to review your medical history.

24 Hours Before Surgery

  • Do NOT eat or drink after midnight prior to surgery (unless instructed otherwise). This includes gum, candy and throat lozenges.
  • Do NOT smoke for at least 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • A staff member will call you the day before your surgery to confirm the assigned arrival time to the surgery center.

Morning of Surgery

  • Take all medications as prescribed with a SIP of water (unless otherwise instructed).
  • Bathe or shower as usual. Avoid heavy lotions or moisturizers. You may brush your teeth.
  • Do NOT wear make-up, body piercings, jewelry or hair spray. Leave all valuables at home.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, elastic waist shorts (no zipper), sports bra (except for shoulder surgery), and shoes that are easy to remove. For shoulder and arm patients, bring an XL button-down shirt to go over your sling.
  • Bring your reading glasses or if you wear your contact lenses, bring your case to remove them before surgery.
  • Bring your completed paperwork (if you printed it from our website), driver’s license, insurance card, medication list and co-pay, if required.
  • You will meet your Anesthesiologist on the day of your surgery and together you will choose the best type of anesthesia for you. The type of anesthesia you choose will be determined by your personal preference, the type of surgery you are having, and your medical history. Your anesthesia care team includes your Anesthesiologist and your Nurse Anesthetist. They will work with your surgeon to make the best decisions for your care.

Immediately Following Your Surgery

  • After your surgery, you will be taken to the recovery area.
  • A nurse will provide you or your responsible adult with written discharge instructions. It is important that you follow these and any special instructions from your physician.
  • When you have recovered from the anesthesia, you will be discharged from the Surgery Center to the care of a family member or friend. You may not drive yourself home.

After Discharge

  • A surgery center staff member will call you the day after your surgery to see how you are doing.
  • At any time, if you have a question regarding your incision or pain control, please call your surgeon’s office.

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