will be escorted into our pre-operative area by one of our caring staff
members. You will not need to change out of your clothing. Once you are
comfortable on our bed, your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation
will be monitored non-invasively. Your surgical procedure, surgical site and
date of birth will be verified. A small device will be placed in or around your
hand to allow for relaxation medications to be given.
Q: Can I eat and/or drink anything before surgery?
A: If you are having surgery with sedation, you should
not have anything to eat or drink for at least 6 hours prior to your arrival.
This includes hard candy, mints or gum. Any deviance from this, and your
surgery may need to be delayed or rescheduled.
Q: But what if I am a diabetic?
A: We will check your blood sugar prior to your surgery.
If your surgery is in the morning DO NOT TAKE your insulin or oral
If your surgery is in the afternoon, take your
oral glucose medications or ½ of your insulin in the morning with a
light breakfast (toast, coffee), but it must be 6 hours prior to your scheduled
arrival time. You will be provided a light snack after your
Q: Should I take any medications before
A: It is very important that certain medications are
taken before surgery, while others should be avoided. You will receive
preoperative instructions explaining which medications you should take on the
day of surgery, i.e., blood pressure medication, blood thinners. If you are
instructed to take oral medications, do so with a small sip of water. Please DO
NOT stop any medication unless told to do so by your doctor or anesthesia
Q: Will I need a ride home?
A: Yes, after any type of anesthesia or sedation, you
will need to have someone available to take you home. You will not be able
drive yourself home, or walk home. If this is a problem, please feel free to
contact us. Your safety is our priority.