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Preparing for Surgery
Preparing for surgery is a very important step that will make the process more convenient and comfortable for you. Procedure specific instructions will be given to you as you prepare for surgery but below are items to review that will assist you in preparing for surgery.
Information on how to prepare for surgery:
- Your surgery time could vary from its scheduled time. Every effort will be taken to keep you informed and minimize your inconvenience.
- Bathe or shower the night before or the morning of your surgery. You may brush your teeth as normal.
- Please follow your surgeon’s restrictions concerning food and drink.
- Please bring a current medication list (prescription and nonprescription) including inhalers, eye drops, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, and herbal medications. If you are unable to provide a listing, please bring the actual medications with you. If you take insulin, diabetes, aspirin, blood thinners, arthritis, anti-platelet, or anti-inflammatory medications, be sure to get specific instructions from your doctor.
- Do not wear makeup or jewelry.
- If you wear dentures, bridges, or partial plates they will be placed in a container for safe keeping while you are in surgery.
- If you wear contact lenses, please bring your solution and case for them. If you wear glasses, please bring a case for protection.
- Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you the afternoon or evening after your surgery. After receiving sedation or general anesthesia you will not be allowed to drive yourself home. If you have not arranged for transportation home, we will need to cancel your surgery.
- Contact your surgeon if you develop a cold or sore throat, cough, fever, or other illness near the date of your surgery.
- Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and stable, comfortable walking shoes.
What should I leave at home:
We recommend you leave the following items at home for safekeeping:
- Large amounts of money or credit cards.
- Sentimental or irreplaceable items.
- Smoking is not allowed on the Citizens Medical Center, Inc. campus. Your medical provider can assist you with managing your nicotine dependency if your surgery requires hospitalization.
- You may use your cell phone at the hospital.
- Wireless Internet service is available by connecting to Citizens-Public. No username or password is required.
- Additional information can be found in the Patient Information Booklet.
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