THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SURGERY
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight including water, coffee, cola, candies and gum.
- For your own safety, please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery.
- If directed by your physician, take daily medications with only a sip of water.
- Have any ordered prescriptions filled prior to surgery date.
THE MORNING OF YOUR SURGERY
- If you are diabetic, please refer to your medical doctor for instructions the day of your surgery.
- To decrease the chance of infection, shower and shampoo hair. Do not apply lotions, oils or powders to the surgery site. Please do not shave your surgical site.
- Do not wear perfumes, heavy makeup or nail polish.
- If you are having any hand or wrist surgery, false fingernails must be removed before you arrive.
- Dentures, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, etc., may be removed prior to surgery.
- Please leave all of your valuables at home. This includes money, jewelry, earrings, body piercings, etc.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that will fit comfortably over your surgical site or limb after surgery.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOSPITAL
- Tell your doctor or nurse about any questions that you have
- Make sure you understand how to care for your wound
- Know who to contact if you have questions or problems at home
AFTER YOUR SURGERY
- Surgery times vary, so please plan your stay to be approximately 2-4 hours. After you leave the operating room, you will be taken to the recovery room until you are ready to return home.
- Again, for you own safety, a responsible adult must drive you home!
- Always clean your hands before and after caring for your wounds
- A responsible adult should stay with you during the first 24 hours after your surgery.
- You will receive a follow-up call from one of our nurses to discuss any concerns you may have after surgery.
- If you have any symptoms of infection such as redness, pain at the surgery site, drainage or fever, call your doctor immediately.
- Please notify the hospital staff/surgeon as soon as possible if an unexpected event occurs to postpone or cancel your surgery
- Occasionally, due to emergencies or unforeseen occurrences, your surgery may be delayed or moved to an earlier time. We apologize, in advance, for any inconvenience this may cause you.
IF YOU NEED HELP
Our health care professionals are here to provide you with a safe and successful outcome. Please contact our Surgery Department with any questions or concerns you may have.
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