FOR PATIENTS

PREPARING FOR YOUR SURGERY
Prior to surgery you will be required to have a blood and urine test done. These are routine tests and provide important information for your physician. You will be given preoperative instructions. Please read and follow them carefully. If you have any questions please call your physician's office. Your surgery will be booked at a specific time. Length of surgery depends on the type of surgery you are having. After surgery, you will wake up in the recovery room where you will be closely supervised. Your nurse will monitor your blood pressure frequently and control any pain you may experience. Once your blood pressure is stable and you are able to tolerate small amounts of fluid, we will prepare you for discharge. You will remain in the recovery room for 30-60 minutes or more. Before discharge, we will give you appropriate discharge/postoperative instructions to follow at home. These instructions will include information about postoperative pain control, diet, activity, when to call the physician, and your postoperative follow up visit.

GENERAL PREOPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
It is imperative that you follow your specific preoperative instructions as directed by your surgeon. This will prevent the rescheduling of your surgery. The following instructions may or may not apply to you:

  1. No aspirin or blood thinners (coumadin, plavix, etc.) for two weeks prior to surgeryócontact your physician for specific directions.
  2. Nothing to eat or drink (including water) after midnight prior to your surgery.
  3. If you are diabetic, have high blood pressure, or take heart medication, you will need specific instructions from your surgeon for the day before your surgery. Please bring a list of the medications you take with you. If you have asthma, please bring your inhalers with you.
  4. Shower well the night before surgery, paying particular attention to the surgical area.
  5. You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery, but do not swallow the rinse water.
  6. We suggest you wear loose fitting clothing that will be easy to put on after your surgery. Shirts that button up the front, skirts, or shorts.
  7. Please leave all valuables and jewelry at home. If you wear a wedding band you may leave that on. No make-up and remove nail polish.
  8. You are responsible to arrange for an adult to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours postoperatively. We suggest you arrange this prior to your surgery.
  9. Due to the temperature control of the center, we suggest you bring a clean pair of warm socks to wear while you are there (unless otherwise indicated).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will I have pain after my surgery/procedure?
Everyone has different pain thresholds; therefore, everyone responds to pain differently. It is normal to experience some pain after surgery. You will be given a prescription for pain medication to take after your surgery.

Can I eat after surgery?
We suggest you start by eating a bland soft diet and increase it as tolerated. Patients who undergo a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy have a specific diet plan to follow.

What is a bland soft diet?
This diet consists of foods such as: broth, jelly, pudding, eggs, crackers, or Popsicles. Consuming adequate amounts of fluid (water, soda) will help prevent dehydration.

Will I have activity restrictions? When can I resume my routine activity?
This will depend on the type of surgery or procedure you have. For most surgeries/ procedures, there are some restrictions. You may resume your routine activities as soon as your surgeon approves it.

When and where is my follow-up appointment?
Your follow-up appointment will be arranged with your surgeonís office prior to you leaving the surgery center. It is very important that you keep all follow up appointments to ensure a smooth recovery.

Who do I call if I have postoperative questions or difficulties?
You should direct all questions or concerns to your surgeonís office. For true emergencies you need to call 911. If you are unable to speak with someone at the surgeonís office, call the surgery center for assistance.

Can I start taking my routine medications?
Yes, you may resume taking your routine medications, unless otherwise directed by your surgeon or physician.

Should I take my routine medications the day of my surgery?
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions as to which medications may be taken the morning of your surgery and which ones not to take. If you take aspirin daily or other blood thinners, you require specific instructions from your surgeon as to when you should stop taking them prior to your surgery.