Before Surgery

  • Be sure to follow any specific individual instructions given to you by your physician before you come to the Center.

  • You should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your procedure unless instructed otherwise. It’s fine to brush your teeth, but do not drink any fluids.

  • DO NOT wear your contact lenses.

  • If you have an Internal Defibrillator, Allergy to Latex or Sleep Apnea, please contact the center staff as soon as possible. If you are taking blood thinners (Aspirin, coumadin, etc.) you may be instructed to stop these before your procedure. Some procedures may require you to stop taking some supplements as well. Your nurse will discuss these with you during your pre-op call. Again, please follow any instructions given to you by your physician prior to your procedure.

  • All patients are required to sign a consent form before their procedure that will authorize your physician to perform the surgery. Patients under 18 years of age or those unable to sign for themselves must have a parent, guardian, power of attorney or other arrangement made to sign the consent.

  • Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home.

  • It will be required for you to have someone to drive you home, and stay with you after your procedure. If you do not have a driver your procedure will need to be rescheduled. If arranging transportation, non-emergency van service may be acceptable, but you must have another responsible adult with you. Sedation will slow your reflexes so it is unsafe to drive after your procedure.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to take off and put on. If you tend to be sensitive to cold temperatures, please come prepared.

  • Please bring a list of your current medications, vitamins and supplements with their dosages and strengths.

  • DO take your heart or blood pressure medications with a very small sip of water as soon as getting out of bed the day of your procedure.

  • DO bring any inhalers that you use even if not used daily.

  • Please bring your insurance cards, driver’s license or other photo ID.

  • You will receive a call from the Center to confirm your appointment 1-3 days prior to the procedure and to review any questions.

  • You may be required to see your Primary Care Provider for a History and Physical within 30 days of your scheduled procedure, and have required laboratory and diagnostic testing completed.

  • If followed by Cardiology you may be required to have cardiac clearance prior to your scheduled procedure.

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