Before Your Surgery Checklist

Your doctor’s office will inform you of the need for any pre-procedural testing requirements during your office visit. Please notify your physician if you are taking anti-inflammatory medications (i.e. Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, or blood thinners). A nurse will call you before your procedure to answer any questions you may have, and begin to help you plan your care at home afterwards. Please bring your medical insurance cards and some form of identification, as our receptionist will need them when registering you at the Center. Bring a list of all current medications you are taking including dosages.


It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.

Food and Drink

The night before your surgery you may eat before midnight. Do not drink or eat anything after midnight—unless instructed. You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything.

Alcohol
Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

Smoking/Tobacco
No smoking/tobacco after midnight the night before your surgery.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.

Clothing
Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Valuables
Please leave valuables at home.

Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, fish oil or certain herbal medicines. You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery. You can discuss this with your surgeon.

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults. Please bring Power of Attorney paperwork.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required.