Before Surgery

Your Role in Preparing for Surgery

Taking these simple steps can help ensure a safe surgery and quick recovery.

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  • 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.