Please refer to our full list of pre-surgery instructions that can be
downloaded here (PDF).
Your physician will discuss your operation with you during your office
visit. Your surgical procedure will be scheduled by your physician. Please
be sure to tell your doctor about any existing medical conditions and
any medication that you are currently taking. You must make arrangements
for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours
after your surgery. A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients
under the age of 18. Legal guardians must provide proof of guardianship.
Parents or legal guardians must stay in the facility at all times until
patients under the age of 18 have been discharged.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery
unless your doctor or anesthesiologists direct otherwise. This includes
coffee, tea, water, ice, hard candy, gum, mints, cigarettes and chewing
tobacco. Aspiration of stomach contents during surgery could be life threatening.
Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before and after your surgery.
You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth the day of the surgery, provided
nothing is swallowed.
If you take insulin or any other routine medication, your doctor or anesthesiologist
will tell you how to take your medication the day of surgery. If you are
on insulin, please bring your insulin with you on the day of your surgery.
If you take a blood thinner, please notify your surgeon when scheduling
You may take your normal heart, blood pressure, breathing or seizure medication
the morning of surgery with a small sip of water. Please bring your breathing
and/or emergency inhalers with you on the day of surgery.
Be aware of changes in your physical condition, such as a sore throat or
a cold prior to surgery.
CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN IF CHANGES OCCUR.
If your baby, under two years of age, is having surgery, please check with
us for special instructions.
You will receive a phone call from a member of our nursing staff to complete
a preoperative health assessment. If for some reason we are not able to
reach you, please contact us at 307.688.8600 . It is very important that
we speak with you before surgery.