Preparing for Surgery & Procedure

Once the decision to proceed to surgery has been made, we will assist you in getting it organized. Basically, we need to find a date for the surgery, get clearance from your primary care doctor or specialist, and verify the procedure with your insurance company. We can assist you with all of these issues.

  1. Select the date for surgery. My scheduler Frankie will contact you to put our calendars together to find a date for surgery. She can be reached at 246-2326.
  2. Stop smoking prior to surgery! Now’s the perfect time.
  3. Have your history and physical done within 30 days of surgery. This is done by your family doctor.
  4. Get your pre-op lab work done. Some tests are required for anesthesia. Our office will assist you in getting these scheduled.
  5. Get as healthy as possible before surgery. If you have any on-going issues, such as an infected tooth, fever, chest pain, urinary problems, uncontrolled high blood pressures or sugars, we need to get those addressed before surgery. Contact your primary care doc. We will work with him/her to get you as healthy as possible prior to surgery.
  6. Some medicines, like Coumadin/warfarin, Plavix, aspirin, and NSAID’S (arthritis meds like aleve or ibuprofen) can prolong bleeding time. Usually we like to stop these a week before surgery. Check with your primary care doc or cardiologist (if you have one) to see if this is possible.
  7. Most medicines should be taken the morning of surgery just like normal. If you are a diabetic, however, talk to your primary care doctor to see what dose of oral agent or insulin you should take before surgery. Or call our anesthesia department at
  8. Don’t drink alcohol for 48 hours before surgery. It delays emptying of the stomach.
  9. DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE SURGERY. Not even water or coffee. (Cruel, I know.) You need an absolutely empty stomach for safe anesthesia.
  10. The day before surgery take a good shower and clean the area we are going to operate on as well as possible, preferably with antibiotic soap (such as Dial).
  11. The morning of surgery you may also shower, bathe, or shampoo as you wish before coming to the hospital. Don’t eat or drink anything! Remove any fingernail polish (we put an oxygen sensor on your finger). Leave valuables, including jewelry, at home.
  12. Bring ID, your history and physical, a complete list of your medications, your medical insurance card, something to read, these instructions, friends/family to drive you, and a positive attitude.
  13. Relax! We will take good care of you!

If you have any questions, please contact us at 246-2326 during regular hours or 246-2300 after hours