Preparing for Surgery

Before Surgery

  • You should refrain from eating or drinking anything on your day of surgery 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.