If you have been scheduled to have general anesthesia for your surgery, it is essential that you do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours before surgery. Any liquid or solid food in your stomach during anesthesia can have life-threatening consequences. If you have accidentally eaten anything before surgery, inform the doctor immediately.
Do not smoke or ingest alcoholic beverages for at least 8 hours before surgery.
Please brush your teeth before your appointment. This will help reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and lower your chance of an infection.
You must bring a responsible adult who can drive you home. You will be groggy for several hours after your surgery and unable to drive. If you have been given a prescription to take before surgery, make arrangements to be driven to the office. Do not drive yourself. Sedative medications can act quickly and seriously affect your driving ability.
Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing. We recommend a short-sleeved shirt for ease in taking your blood pressure and applying monitors. A t-shirt, sweatpants, and gym shoes are always a good choice.
Take care of financial arrangements, ask questions, and use the bathroom before surgery. You will be too sleepy to remember these things afterward. Call if you have any questions concerning these instructions or your scheduled appointment.
While the thought of any surgery can be a little frightening, our patients usually find it to be a comfortable, pleasant, and painless experience. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to accommodate you.