Pre Operative Care

Following are some frequently asked questions regarding pre-operative care instructions. Every surgery is different, and every patient is unique. Please talk to your physician and/or nurse and make sure you understand any pre op instructions for your personal care.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I eat?
    You should not eat or drink anything after midnight.
  2. What if I take medication?
    If you normally take heart or blood pressure medicine in the morning, take them with 1 ounce of water the day of surgery. This does not include Aspirin, Plavix, or Coumadin. These cardiovascular medications must not be taken for two weeks before and after your surgery, unless otherwise directed by your physician. Do not take diuretics. Ask about any other medications you take.
  3. What if I am diabetic?
    If you are a diabetic, please call for instructions.
  4. What should I wear?
    Wear comfortable clothes that are easy for you to put on in a sedated state. It will be easiest for you if you wear a button-down shirt.
  5. Can I shower?
    Yes, please shower, shampoo and brush your teeth. Please do not apply cosmetics, lotions, or eye makeup. Do not wear any jewelry or valuables, and remove body piercing items. Please do not wear fingernail polish.
  6. What should I do with my eyewear?
    Wear your glasses instead of contacts on the day of surgery. If you must wear your contacts, bring a container for your lenses.
  7. How do I get home?
    You must have a ride home; it is illegal for you to drive after sedation. Please have someone stay with you for 24 hours.
  8. What if I live out of town?
    You will want to make arrangements to stay in town overnight if you live over an hour away. You may want to bring pillows or blankets for your ride home.
  9. What if I get sick?
    If you develop a cold, persistent cough, fever or any other health-related problems before your surgery, or if you need to cancel your surgery, please notify your physician.
  10. Are there any medicines I should avoid?
    Please avoid Aspirin, Aspirin products, Ibuprofen, Plavix, Coumadin, Vitamin E, and most natural herbs two weeks before surgery. You may use Tylenol products. Please call us at 316.688.7500 with questions before taking any over the counter medications.