Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night
Do not shave yourself.
Take your regular medications with a sip of water at
their regular time in the morning before surgery.
If you take insulin, cut your morning dose in half.
Do not take any blood thinner medications such as
aspirin, coumadin, Plavix, mega vitamin E suppliments, fish
oil, flax seed oil or other omega 3, omega 4, omega 5, omega
6, omega 7 , omega 8, and omega 9 fatty acid suppliments
for a few days before surgery. The number of days that you
should be off of these medications varies depending
on individual circumstances so this must be discussed with
your surgeon prior to surgery.
If you are having outpatient surgery, arrange a ride
home ahead of time. Also make sure that you have someone to
be with you at home at least for the first night after
surgery. After general anesthesia for the first twenty four
hours it is not safe for you to drive or be alone.
If you are having inpatient surgery and will be staying
in the hospital, pack a bag and leave valuables at home.
Register at the surgical facility prior to the day of
Don't be late. In most cases you will need to
report to the surgical facility about an hour before your
scheduled surgery. Your surgeon's staff will tell you
specifically what time to arrive at the surgical facility.