Pre-Surgical Instructions

Below are some general guidelines for preparing for surgery.

Any different, specific advice given to you by your surgeon supersedes these instructions.
Your surgeon may give you additional instructions.

For additional instructions, also refer to our brochure (this is a tri-fold brochure. Scroll to see page two or print for best viewing):

In the days and weeks prior to surgery:

  • Schedule and undergo any necessary testing including blood tests, x-rays, electrocardiogram, etc. as indicated by your surgeon.
  • The hospital will contact you for pre-admission.
  • Inform your doctor about any infections after a previous surgery or any other serious infection you have had.
  • Tell your doctor about any medical problems you have that are new since your last visit. Health problems like asthma, diabetes, cold/flu symptoms and obesity could affect your surgery or treatment.
  • If you have diabetes, monitor and make every effort to control your blood sugar.
  • Quit smoking. Patients who smoke get more infections. Your doctor can assist with strategies to help you quit smoking in advance of your surgery.
  • Stop taking any herbal supplements or herbal medications two (2) weeks prior to surgery.
  • Stop taking any aspirin products five (5) days prior to surgery.
  • Stop taking any blood thinners, such as Coumadin, as directed by your surgeon.
  • Shop for any over-the-counter items or medicines your doctor or nurse has instructed will be needed for your post-surgical care.
  • You will make a plan with your doctor in advance of your surgery about pain control choices.

The day of surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink for a certain period of time before the surgery as indicated by your doctor.
  • Shower with an anti-bacterial soap and shampoo. Use a clean towel and washcloth. Rinse well; it is important to get all the soap off your body. Wear clean clothes. Do not apply lotions, powders, hairspray or makeup.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing the day of surgery to be more comfortable.
  • Do not wear eye contacts, makeup, nail polish, or jewelry.
  • Bring your insurance information the day of surgery.
  • Do not bring any valuables with you the day of surgery.
  • Tell the nurse if you wear dentures or other prosthetic devices.
  • Inform your doctor of any active skin infections, rashes or sores prior to surgery.