Before Your Procedure

Common instructions to follow before any surgical procedure:

  • Masks are required in the Surgery Center.
  • Secure a dependable driver/ride home. Preferably someone who can receive discharge instructions. Due to anesthesia, patients do not always remember their time in recovery.
  • Bring a current list of the medication you are on into the building.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home (including body piercings). We cannot be responsible for the loss of such items.
  • Bring your insurance cards and your ID. Co-pay is due at the time of service.
  • Bring any paperwork you received from your doctor.
  • Remove nail polish & stiletto style artificial nails, contacts and false eyelashes for your safety.
  • Please do NOT wear hair or extensions in a bun on the back of your head, this can prevent injury &/or difficulty with anesthesia.
  • Wear large loose clothing and comfortable shoes, easy to put on in recovery. Bring an extra pair of underwear in case of an accident. Do not wear tight clothing or bulky shoes. (no skinny jeans, tight leggings, high heels, etc.)
  •  Breast Reductions – Very large loose button-up or zip-up shirt (patients cannot raise arms overhead)
  • Shoulder Surgery-Very large loose button-up or zip-up shirt (to go over the large pillow sling)
  • UrologySurgery–loose pants or shorts, elastic waist band is great incase you go home with a catheter (no skinny jeans or leggings).
  • Knee Surgery – loose pants or shorts (no skinny jeans or tight leggings).
  • Refrain from smoking after midnight the day of surgery.
  • Please brush your teeth the day of surgery taking care not to swallow any water or toothpaste.
  • Bathe or shower the morning of surgery if possible.
  • Follow all pre-op instructions given to you by your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor of any health changes (even minor changes) including pregnancy prior to surgery.
  • Infants/Toddlers – bring a bottle or sippy cup and have ready and available for the child in the recovery room. Bring an extra diaper – diapers are changed routinely in the OR.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. (If you eat after midnight surgery will be canceled for your safety).
    If your arrival time is scheduled for noon or later in the day, you may drink clear liquids until 8:00 am.
    Clear liquids include the following: Coke, Sprite, Gatorade, Water, Apple Juice, Ginger Ale, Tea, or Black Coffee – (sugar OK –
  • Absolutely NO milk or creamer)!

During Your Procedure / After Your Procedure