Pre-operative patient instructions (patient information)

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Template:Pre-operative patient instructions Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor-In-Chief: Mohammed A. Sbeih, M.D.[2] Phone:617-849-2629

Are there any diet restrictions before the procedure?

You should not eat or drink after midnight the night before the procedure.

Should I take my daily medications before the procedure?

If you usually take a medication in the morning, you may take this medication with a few amount of water (not a full glass).

please bring your medications along with the prescriptions (if available) with you on the day of surgery. If you are diabetic, a special instructions may be given to you. You should stop taking all aspirin, aspirin containing products, Vitamins and herbs two weeks prior to your surgery. Please inform your doctor If you are taking blood thinners medications.

Can I shower at the day of the procedure?

You need to shower at the morning of your procedure and the night before it. Also you need to use a special antiseptic soap called chlorhexidine gluconate, but make sure not to use this soap near your eyes, ears and mouth. Do not use the regular soap after you have used the antiseptic soap. Do not apply any powders or deodrants.

Should I shave in the area of the procedure?

Do not shave in the area of the procedure.

Other instructions

  • Avoid wearing contact lenses or any jewelry the day of surgery. Also avoid wearing makeup at the day of the procedure.
  • Inform your doctor if you experience any chest pain, heart problems or any other symptoms prior to your procedure.
  • you must Arrange for someone to drive you home if you will have an outpatient surgery (if you will be discharged in the same operative day).
  • please avoid smoking at least for 24 hours before the procedure.