Instructions for Surgery & Diagnostic Procedures

  • Do not have anything to eat or drink after MIDNIGHT.
  • Do not chew gum, candy lozenges, or breath strips after Midnight.
  • Do not take tranquilizers, narcotics, marijuana, drink alcohol or smoke for 12 hours before procedure.
  • Notify your doctor if your physical condition changes between now and the day of your procedure, for example:  fever, sore throat, cough, and/or infection.
  • Take only the medications directed on the morning of your procedure with a small sip of water.  Do not begin any new medications without your doctor's approval.
  • Bathe the night before or the morning of surgery
  • Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to remove and store.
  • Remove all nail polish, makeup, and hairpins.
  • Leave all jewelry, money and valuables at home.
  • Dentures, glasses, contact lenses, wigs and hearing aids must be removed before surgery and given to family.
  • Do not shave around your surgical site.  It is important that your physician be responsible for shaving the area when needed.
  • Children receiving treatment should be accompanied by two adults.
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the Outpatient Department.  Arrangements should be made to leave children at home with family or friends.
  • When you are fully awake and alert and your condition is stable, you will be discharged into the care of a responsible adult who will drive you home.  You may not go home by taxi or transit services.
  • Plan to have a responsible adult at home with you the evening of your procedure.
  • Plan to rest at home the day of your procedure.  After that, follow your doctor's instructions about activity.

Please call us at 828-286-5310 if you have any questions.