Pre-op & Post-op Instructions

Preadmission Testing

ALL Pre-admission Lab work and Testing must be completed at least a week prior to surgery or you risk having your surgical procedure rescheduled.  This is for your safety and to prescreen all possible conditions your surgeon and anesthesiologist would need to be aware of prior to surgery. Your insurance carrier may or may not cover this expense; however, they are necessary as part of your preoperative screening

Pacemaker Implant / Defibrillator

If you have a pacemaker/defibrillator implant please make your physician aware of this condition.  The office needs a copy of your pacer card with the serial number, model number and vendor phone number.  We must speak with your vendor prior to any surgery.

Surgical Assistants

Depending on your procedure your physician may require a surgical assistant.  These surgical assistants are independent contractors and will bill your insurance separately.

Eating & Drinking Guidelines

DO NOT EAT SOLID FOODS OR DRINK ANYTHING after midnight the night before surgery.  This includes chewing gum, candy, and mints


      Please notify the staff of all current:

    • Medications (prescription and non-prescription)
    • Herbal Supplements
    • Weight Control Medications

If you normally take medications check with your surgeon to see if you should take them the night before or the morning of the surgery.

Also, please inform your surgeon if you are taking:

    • Blood thinners (Coumadin, Heparin, Plavix, Lovenox, etc…)
    • Aspirin, Ecotrin
    • NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Advil, Mortin, Aleve, etc…)

If you still smoke, it is recommended that you refrain from smoking the day of surgery.

Due to the medications used for anesthesia, you must:

  • Not Drink alcoholic beverages that day
  • Not make any important decisions
  • Not drive or operate machinery that day
  • Have a responsible adult accompany you  home from surgery
  • Arrange for Child Care if you have small children, so you can rest when you arrive home

The Morning of Surgery

Make Sure you arrive on time, 2 hours before surgery.  This is due to the time needed to prepare you for surgery
  • Shower or bathe to minimize the chance of infection
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to surgery. You will find this helpful when returning home.
  • Wear flat shoes
  • Leave jewelry and other valuables at home
  • If you wear contact lenses, you may be asked to remove them prior to surgery so please bring a contact case along or wear glasses instead
  • Bring your Insurance Card with you
  • Please be aware that although we have estimated a start time for your operation, delays may occur due to emergencies or difficulties with a prior operation.  We thank you in advance for your patience should this occu

Post- Operative

  • You will receive written instructions from the hospital about what to expect after surgery as well as specific instructions for your care after the operatio
  • Following your stay in the recovery room and when your vital signs are stable you will be discharged to your escort
  • Remember, it is normal to feel a little dizzy or drowsy for several hours after surgery.  This is due to the action the medicine used during surgery
  • If you do not have a post operative appointment scheduled, please call the office as soon as possible in order to schedule this appointment

Post-Surgery Diet:

Your surgeon will tell you about specific diet restrictions if necessary. 

Questions or Concerns

If at anytime you have questions or concerns you can either contact your surgeon’s surgery scheduler at the numbers listed on the top of page one or you can call the main office numbers at:

East Point Facility: (502) 587-1236