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Preparing for surgery

To help you prepare for surgery, you will receive a packet of materials with detailed instructions. These are the general guidelines.

30 days before surgery

  • Have a pre-operative history and physical exam by your primary physician.

2 weeks before surgery

  • If you have a heart condition, you will need to complete a chemistry panel, CBC and EKG
  • Make arrangements for someone to pick you up and take you home.

7 days before surgery

  • Discontinue anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, etc.
  • Discontinue nutritional supplements such as vitamin E, gingko biloba, fish oil and garlic supplements.
  • Notify your doctor if you are taking any anti-coagulant medication such as Coumadin, Warfarin, Plavix, Xarelto, Pradaxa and Eliquis.

Night before surgery

  • After midnight do not drink or eat anything. This includes water, candy and gum.
  • If you’re a smoker, please do not smoke 24 hours prior to surgery.

Day of surgery

  • Please arrive at least 90 minutes before your appointed time so you can meet with your anesthesiologist and prepare for surgery.

After discharge

  • You will receive detailed instructions for after surgery.
  • You are not allowed to leave alone, by bus or by taxi.