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You 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 glucose medications.
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 procedure.

Q: Should I take any medications before surgery?

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 provider.

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.

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