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Before My Surgery

To prevent delay or cancellation on the day of surgery please adhere to the following guidelines:

Food and Drink:
Please refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your surgery.  If your surgery is scheduled for the late afternoon you may eat toast with jelly and drink clear liquids (tea, coffee, apple juice)up to (6) hours prior to your arrival time, but you must still avoid dairy products after midnight. 

Alcohol:
Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours prior to your arrival time.

Smokers:
Please refrain from smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.


Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body piercing jewelry):
Please remove all of these items prior to your arrival at the Center.

Clothing:
Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over any surgical dressings.

Valuables:
We ask you to leave jewelry or other valuables at home on the day of your procedure except for your government issued I.D. and insurance card(s) and any co-pay or deductible amounts discussed during your conversation with our financial counselor.

Notify the Center & Your Surgeon if:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal medicines.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery.  You can discuss this with your surgeon. 

On the day of your surgery:

  • Please arrive at the surgery center one hour prior to your scheduled surgery time unless instructed otherwise by the pre-op nurse.
  • Please bring your government issued I.D. and insurance card(s) and any co-pay or deductible amounts discussed during your conversation with our financial counselor.
  • Please make arrangements in advance to have a responsible adult drive you home from the surgery center.  If you will be sedated or receive anesthesia during your visit, we cannot allow you to drive yourself home or take public transportation or taxis.
  • Please plan to have a responsible adult stay with you at home after your surgery and throughout the night.  This is a requirement of the facility and your surgery may have to be canceled if no arrangements for care have been made.

Legal Guardian:
A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adult patients.

Care of Children:
If you are the patient and have young children at home please plan to have someone else care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery or procedure.

Interpreter:
If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required.  If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact our scheduler at 949-855-0562 as early as possible.