Pre/Post Surgery

Before Surgery

A successful surgical experience begins pre-operatively. The following instructions are to help prepare you for your surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day before your surgery, including juice, coffee, chewing gum, mints, etc. We want your stomach empty prior to surgery because any amount of food or drink could result in aspiration into the lungs while you are under anesthesia.

  • Do not drink any alcoholic beverages or smoke cigarettes for at least 24 hours before or after your surgical procedure. Smoking can impact the irritability of your airway and cause increased secretions while alcohol can adversely affect the metabolism and amount of anesthesia medications required under anesthesia. Smoking can also adversely impact wound healing and place you at increased risk for post-operative infection. * Please consult with your primary physician and surgeon as to which medications you should take on the day of surgery and which medications you should discontinue. Please see "Frequently Asked Questions" for general recommendations as to which medications to continue and discontinue prior to surgery.

  • If your surgery requires the administration of anesthesia, a family member or friend must take you home.

After Surgery

Post-operatively you will wake up in the Recovery Room where you will be monitored and cared for by nursing staff as you awaken from the anesthesia.

  • The nurse taking care of you will notify your family/friends when they may join you in the Recovery Room

  • After you have fully awakened, your pain and/or nausea have been adequately controlled, and your vital signs are stable, you will be discharged home with a family member or friend.

  • Drowsiness should be expected on the day of surgery and a responsible adult should remain with you overnight.

  • Your normal judgment and coordination may be impaired after surgery. Do not drive a car, operate machinery, drink alcoholic beverages, or take non-prescription medication without first consulting your surgeon.

  • After discharge to home, if you experience any unexpected pain, any unexpected or heavy bleeding, a high temperature, or any other concerning symptoms, you should contact your surgeon immediately or go to the Emergency Room.

  • The day following your surgery, a nurse will try to contact you to follow up on how you are feeling.