DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN or any medications containing aspirin for two weeks before your surgery. Aspirin interferes with normal blood clotting. Aspirin-containing drugs include: Alka Seltzer, Anacin, Bufferin, Motrin, Advil, Empirin, Midol and numerous others. If you are in doubt about a drug, please ask your pharmacist. Tylenol is a good substitute for aspirin. It is however important to continue any medication already prescribed unless specified as being contra-indicated for your surgery.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY medication also needs to be avoided for two weeks prior to surgery.
DO NOT TAKE ANY VITAMINS, ANY HERBAL MEDICATION OR HEALTH FOOD SUPPLEMENTS for two weeks prior to your surgery as these can also interfere with blood clotting.
Avoid alcoholic beverages for two weeks before your surgery (including beer and wine).
If you smoke, YOU MUST STOP SMOKING at least four weeks before your surgery. In addition, smoking should only resume two weeks after surgery. This is very important for the healing process and to avoid complications during general anesthesia and postoperative healing.
As with any general anesthesia, you must be fasting from midnight the night before your surgery (no food, no drink (including water), no gum). However, if you take medication on a regular basis in the morning, you can do so (with a small sip of water). You also need to take (just before leaving the house to come to the clinic), the anti-nausea medication (Zofran) prescribed by our office. You can do so with a small sip of water.
Please arrive at least 1 ½ hours (90 minutes) prior to your surgery time* and also note that you MUST BE AVAILABLE TO BE REACHED on the day of your surgery, as it is possible that there may be a change in the surgical schedule.
* If your surgery is scheduled at 8:00, you may arrive 30 minutes prior (7:30am). Please note however, that the front door might be locked at that time. If that is the case, please ring the doorbell (located on the left hand side of our front door) and someone will come to let you in.
YOU MUST HAVE SOMEONE ACCOMPANY YOU HOME AFTER SURGERY. We will advise the person coming to pick you up, one hour prior, as to what time you will get your discharge.
You need to purchase anti-bacterial soaps (Solunet or Dexedin) and use it when you take your shower the night before and morning of the surgery. Please use this instead of your regular soap and wash the full body. PLEASE DO NOT WASH YOUR FACE WITH THIS PRODUCT. Please wash your hair the night before your surgery.
Do not use moisturizer on your face or body the morning of the surgery. Please remove all nail polish and makeup. Contact lenses should also not be worn on the day of surgery.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Clothes with buttons or zippers are recommended.
Please leave all valuables at home. We are not responsible for lost or misplaced items.
NOTE: You will be given a request for preoperative tests some time before your surgery. Please note your surgery could be canceled if the test results are not received on time for your surgery.