Taking the proper steps to prepare for your surgery can significantly reduce your pre-operative anxiety and ensure your quick recovery. One of our physicians will thoroughly discuss the implications of any surgical procedure, but please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following recommendations.

Your Anesthesia Interview

Before your surgery, a nurse will call you to review your health history. This interview is very important and will help your anesthesiologist and other members of the medical team make decisions about your care.

Food and Fluid Restrictions

Please avoid any food or drink after midnight on the evening before your scheduled surgery.

Medication Restrictions

Your physician will review with you which medications you can take before surgery. The anesthesia nurse will also review this with you when she calls you prior to your surgery. Any medications you are told to take before surgery should be swallowed with only one ounce of water, and no later than one hour before surgery.

Bowel Preparation

Many abdominal surgeries require a bowel prep to be done the day prior to your surgery. If your surgery requires bowel prep, your physician will provide you with instructions.

Dangerous Medications

If you are taking any of the following medications, do not go into surgery without discussing them with your physician.

  • Coumadin
  • Aspirin (or aspirin-containing drugs such as Excedrin)
  • Metformin
  • NSAIDs such as ibuprofen
  • Plavix
  • Herbal supplements such as fish oil

What to Bring to the Hospital

  • Insurance information and photo identification
  • Advance directive
    • This includes a copy of your living will or durable power of attorney. If you do not have one, please request an advance directive booklet.
  • An up-to-date list of any medications you are currently taking.
  • Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing for your ride home.

Please remember to leave valuables at home.