Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before
surgery EXCEPT any cardiac medications with a sip of water only.
Do not take any Aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Aleve, naprosyn,
naproxen sodium, or Plavix for at least 7-10 days before surgery, this will
increase your risk of bleeding and possible tranfusion if you do take them.
Do not take Coumadin for at least 4 days before your
surgery. If you do take Coumadin, make certain to discuss this with your doctor
so that we can determine if you need to be on a different blood thinner before
and after surgery.
You will speak with the anesthesiologist the morning of
surgery, address any concerns you have about prior anesthetic issues, postop nausea, or family history of
malignant hyperthermia with them at this time.
Write down any last minute questions that you have and bring
them with you so that they can be addressed before surgery.
Dentures, jewelry (including wedding bands and body
piercings) must be removed before surgery.
Contacts need to be removed before surgery to prevent
Do not bring anything to the hospital that is of value in
case it were to get misplaced.
We try to limit your exposure to nosocomial
(hospital-acquired) infections by getting you home as soon as possible. Most patients
undergoing robotic and laparoscopic procedures are able to go home the same day
as the surgery.