On the Day Before Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight. This includes chewing gum, breath mints, and water.
  • If you are on diabetes medication, be sure to check with your doctor regarding adjustments in your dosage prior to surgery.
  • Bathe or shower. Do not shave the operative area. Hair removal may be done the day of your procedure to decrease infection risk.
  • Remove nail polish. You may be asked to remove artificial nails.
  • Do not use hair spray or hair gel 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Call your surgeon if you develop a cough, cold, fever, or other flu-like symptoms.
  • Be sure to follow any home preparation prescriptions, such as bowel preparations or an antimicrobial cleansing.
  • A nurse will notify you of any changes in your arrival time.
  • Make arrangements for a responsible family member or other adult to drive you home and stay with you 24 hours after surgery.
  • Please have your family or visitor(s) consider other arrangements for children while waiting during your surgery.
  • As hospital temperatures may vary, have your family or visitor(s) bring a sweater or jacket with them for while they wait.

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