Preparing for Surgery

FASTING BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE

In preparation for surgery, you will need to begin fasting for some time before your procedure. Either a nurse from the hospital or your surgeon will give you these instructions. It is very important for you to follow these instructions in order to minimize your risk of suffering a serious pneumonia after your procedure. In the event that you receive two different sets of instructions, please follow your surgeon’s as he or she may have certain requirements that differ from those of the hospital.

MEDICATIONS TO TAKE BEFORE YOUR SURGERY

Most patients take medications for conditions that are not related to their surgery. A nurse from the hospital or your surgeon will tell you which medications to continue on the day of surgery. If you are instructed to take some or all of your medicines, they may be taken with a sip of water. Remember to let us know about any herbal products you use (i.e. ginseng, ginkgo biloba, saw palmetto, etc). These products have medicinal qualities and can affect your anesthesia care.

YOUR HEALTH HISTORY AND ANESTHESIA

Your health history is important to us. A member of the Preadmission Testing and Preparation team may contact you to learn your history and gather information on any important tests. In the event that we cannot contact you prior to surgery, both a nurse and an Anesthesiologist will discuss your health history with you on the day of surgery. This is a good time for you to ask questions about your anesthetic care. You are also encouraged to contact us prior to the day of surgery if you have questions about your anesthesia and postoperative care.