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SURGERY & ANESTHESIA PRE-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
- Patients scheduled for surgery under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation must not eat or drink anything (except to take prescription medication) for at least 6 hours prior to their appointment, and must be accompanied by a licensed driver who will wait in the office until you are ready for discharge.
- As directed by your surgeon or physician, you should take all prescription medications (especially for high blood pressure and thyroid) when you normally do with a small sip of water.
- The following is a list of common medications, which may affect platelets and may cause significant bleeding during and after surgery. If advised by your doctor, you should stop taking these medications at least 5 days before your surgery: Aspirin (including Baby Aspirin), Motrin, Advil, Aleve or Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory or arthritis medications, St. John’s Wart, all herbal supplements, and Vitamin E.
- If you are taking a blood thinner such as Coumadin, Warfarin or Plavix and have been advised by your surgeon to stop taking these medications, you should notify the prescribing physician before stopping.
- Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing. Make sure your sleeves can easily be rolled up above your elbow. Short sleeves are preferred.
- Do not wear contact lenses if you are having general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
- Prepare cold packs at home by filling two sandwich size zip-lock bags with frozen peas. Keep the peas in the freezer until you get home. The peas will comfortably mold to your face and stay colder longer than ice.
- Have soft foods available such as yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, Jell-O, mashed potato and soups. You may begin to eat foods that are more solid when you feel ready.
- Patients having intravenous or general anesthesia should refrain from driving a motor vehicle, physical activities and making important decisions until the following day.
- You must notify this office at least 7 days before your appointment if there has been any change in your medical history, medications, cough, and risk of pregnancy or if you have been sick or had a cold within one week of your appointment.
- Notify your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications: Fosamax, Boniva, Aredia, Actonel, and Zometa.
- The doctor has reserved his time for your surgery. Please give the office at least 48 hours advanced notice if you will not be keeping your surgical appointment.