Should I take my usual daily medication?
There is no standard answer to this question. Prior to your procedure, you should have a conversation with your provider on what medications you should stop taking.
If you take a blood thinner, please contact your provider before your procedure to get specific instruction if you need to stop these medications.
Diabetic medications will be individualized. If you on a diabetic medication, please contact your provider for specific instruction as these medications are normally modified before surgery.
People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.
May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.
Who may accompany me?
You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person will be allowed to register with you and can wait for you in the waiting room. Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.
When a patient is a child often two parents and/or guardians will accompany him or her to the Center. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, however, one parent and/or guardian will be permitted into the recovery room at a time.
Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?
We will individualize each patient’s care
What are clear liquids?
Water, lemonade, coffee/tea (with NO milk/cream), beef or chicken broth, clear fruit juices ( no red or purple), Gatorade, clear soft drinks, seltzer, popsicles. If you have additional questions, please contact your surgeons office.