Preoperation Checklist

Before the Procedure

  • A nurse from the outpatient surgery center will contact you prior to your procedure to review your health history, medications and pre-operative instructions.

  • Please notify your surgeon if there is a change in your physical condition such as a cold, fever, wounds of any kind anywhere on the body, or respiratory problems.

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure, including hard candy.

  • Be sure to tell your surgeon if you are on any type of blood thinners or aspirin. Please do not take any medications after midnight unless instructed by your surgeon or the nurse at the surgery center.

  • It is extremely important to arrange for a responsible adult, of at least 18 years of age, to accompany you to the surgery center and remain with you for the first 24 hours after discharge.

Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your procedure.

Day of the Procedure

  • Please shower or bathe the morning of surgery or the night before surgery. Using an antibacterial soap is the preferred method.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that is large enough to accommodate any bandages or dressings after your procedure. Wear comfortable shoes such as slip-ons.

  • Do not wear any jewelry (including body piercings), makeup or cologne. Do not bring any valuables with you.

  • Bring your ID and insurance cards with you on the day of surgery. Contingent upon your insurance, you may have a financial responsibility due on the day of surgery. Please bring your credit card or debit card, cash or money order. You may also prearrange for financing if needed.

  • You will need to change into a surgical gown once you are in the pre-op area.

After the Procedure

  • You will be discharged to your vehicle by wheelchair. Remember, you must have a responsible adult, at least 18 years of age, present to drive you home and to care for you following surgery.

  • Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, exercise, stretches and medication. You will be provided with a written summary of these discharge instructions.

  • A nurse will attempt to call you the day after your surgery to check on your progress and discuss any questions you may have. If you have any unexpected problems, please contact the office at (561) 374-9622.

  • If it is after hours or on a weekend, our answering service will take your call and forward your information to our on-call staff, who will respond as soon as possible.

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