Preparing for Surgery

Before Surgery

  • You should refrain from eating or drinking anything eight hours before your surgery. This includes water, coffee and mints. Food and drink can cause delays in surgery.

  • Smoking and alcohol adversely affect your anesthesia. Do not drink any alcoholic beverages or smoke 24 hours before or after your procedure.

  • Consult with your physician as to whether medications you are on should be taken prior to or on the day of your surgery.

  • You should not operate a vehicle after receiving anesthesia. Arrange you transportation home prior to having surgery.

After Surgery

  • Family and/or friends will be notified when they can join you in the recovery room.

  • Your anesthesiologist will monitor your vital signs while you are in recovery. Once your vital signs are stable and you are awake you will be discharged from the recovery room.

  • Anesthesia can often cause drowsiness. It is best to have a family member or friend present with you after you have had surgery.
  • Do not drive a vehicle, operate machinery, drink alcohol or take non-prescription medication without your physician's permission for at least 24 hours after surgery.

  • If you experience unusual pain, bleeding or high temperature after your surgery, you should call your physician immediately.

For More Information:
In addition to the information you see on our site, we have provided a link to Lifeline to Modern Medicine that is a web site dedicated to anesthesia patients; brought to you by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.


Know that it is always best to contact your anesthesiologists or physician directly with questions related specifically to your health and surgery.