Pre-Surgical Instructions

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes water, coffee, etc. Food in the stomach can cause serious complications and your surgery could be cancelled or postponed. The evening meal prior to your appointment should be light and easily digestible. Routine heart and blood pressure medication should be taken with a small amount of liquid.
  • No alcoholic beverages 24 hours before or after receiving an anesthetic.
  • Call the office if you develop a cold, fever or respiratory problem before your surgery.
  • Wear loose, casual, short sleeved clothing.
  • For women, wear little or no makeup or jewelry. Wear low heeled shoes and slacks rather than dresses or jumpsuits.
  • Arrive promptly at time scheduled. This will allow adequate time for all necessary pre-op procedures.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient and provide transportation. An adult must remain in the office during the surgery and stay with the patient for 4-6 hours after surgery.
  • Every patient receiving an anesthetic will be monitored by EKG during surgery. Please wear appropriate clothing for access to the torso.
  • Limit the number of people who accompany you. To maximize the comfort of all visitors, we suggest that adult patients be accompanied by only one person. However, we do welcome both parents of a pediatric patient. One parent must be available in the waiting room during treatment.
  • If your child is having surgery, feel free to bring a stuffed animal or security blanket for added reassurance. Parents are not permitted in the operatory.
  • Do not smoke immediately before or after an anesthetic. Smoking may interfere with the anesthetic and frequently produces nausea during the recovery period.
  • The adult responsible for your care must remain on the premises during your surgery and recovery period.
  • Due to the length of surgery and recovery time, children are not permitted.