Your Role in Preparing for Surgery
Taking these simple steps can help ensure a safe surgery and quick recovery.
Days Before Surgery
- If you smoke, quit or at least cut down before surgery. People who don't
smoke heal faster than people who do.
- Stop drinking alcohol at two days before surgery.
- Avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen five days before surgery, or as instructed
by your surgeon.
- During your pre-op appointment, you will be told when to stop eating and
drinking, including gum, mints and candy.
- If you get a fever, cold or rash, call you doctor. Your surgery may need
to be postponed.
- Arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital and stay with you
for at least the first 12 hours.
- Ask your doctor about taking your diabetes medications.
The Day of Surgery
Before you leave home:
- Shower or bathe (use any hospital-recommended special cleansing soaps as
directed). Do not apply lotion, oil or powder.
- Do not shave the area of your body where you will be having surgery.
- Remove contact lenses, hairpins, lipstick and other makeup. Wear glasses
to the hospital.
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
- Leave valuables at home.
- Bring eyedrops and inhalers if needed.
- Take medications as instructed. Most heart, lung and blood pressure medications
are continued until your surgery, but ask if you are unsure.