Frequently Asked Questions
Should I continue my current medications before surgery?
You may need to discontinue aspirin, NSAIDS (Advil, Motrin), and herbal supplements two weeks prior to surgery. If you are on Coumadin, Plavix or other types of prescription blood thinners, speak with your doctor. He or she will discuss with you which medications to continue, to discontinue and to take the morning of surgery.
Can I come alone or drive myself home?
You will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. You may not drive yourself home as you will have received anesthesia and may be drowsy or dizzy.
Will I get information prior to surgery?
You will receive general instructions prior to leaving the surgeons office. You will also receive a preadmission call from a nurse prior to surgery. She will obtain your medical history, medications, allergies and any other necessary information. She will answer questions regarding your surgery visit.
Will there be blood work, EKG or x-rays needed?
Some procedures will require blood work, EKG or radiological testing. This will be determined by your surgeon.
Can I eat or drink the morning of the surgery?
You may not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. An exception would be certain needed heart and blood pressure medications which your doctor will determine. If you are a diabetic, your doctor will instruct you individually about the morning dosing.
May I smoke a cigarette/cigar before my surgery?
Please refrain from smoking after midnight before surgery.
What should I wear and not wear?
Wear comfortable clothes. Do not wear anything that must be pulled overhead when having nasal or sinus surgery. Do not wear make-up, contact lenses, nail polish or hairspray. Do not wear jewelry, including body jewelry. You may wear deodorant.
What should I bring?
Bring a list of current medications, your insurance card, your ID, and a list of questions or concerns. Do not bring any valuables. Also, if you use an inhaler, please bring that with you the day of surgery.
Can I bring a toy for my child?
You may bring the child’s favorite toy or something to keep the child entertained.
Will I stay in my clothes?
You will need to change into a patient gown.
Is there a place to keep my belongings?
You will be able to place your belongings in a personal locker with a key.
Should I let the doctor know if I may be pregnant?
Let the doctor know if you suspect that you may be pregnant, even if it is not confirmed.
I’ve been feeling a little sick recently. Should I let the doctor know?
Please report any potential illness or exposure to illness as soon as possible.
How many people can come with me to the surgical center?
Please limit the number of people accompanying you or your child to two. Please keep all siblings at home.
Should I have someone watch my children after surgery?
You should arrange childcare for 24 hours after surgery as you may be drowsy from the anesthesia.
When can I go back to my normal activities?
Please wait 24 hours to drive, drink alcohol, sign important documents or operate machinery after anesthesia. Ultimately, your doctor will direct the activity limitations based on your surgical procedure.
What happens after surgery?
You will have time to recover in a designated area. Recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery that was performed. You will be given light nourishment and discharge instructions. The person accompanying you will be present during discharge instructions.