Preparing for Surgery
- Do not shave the day or night before surgery. Shaving can irritate your skin.
- Plan for someone to drive you to the hospital.
- Follow the specific instructions given by the pre-admission nurse regarding medications.
- Take a bath/shower with the solution provided to you at Pre-Admit or with antibacterial soap. Do not apply lotions or powder to the surgical area.
- Wear comfortable clothing to the hospital and leave all valuables at home.
- Keep warm. Keeping warm before surgery lowers your chance of getting an infection and promotes better flow to your surgical area.
- Drink 1 quart of liquid (Gatorade, water, etc) BEFORE 8 PM.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, including mints, chewing gum and candy, unless instructed by your doctor.
- You may brush your teeth, but avoid swallowing any water.
Take Action: Please read the Making Surgery Safer Brochure for more important information.
Please notify your physician of any change in your physical condition such as a bad cold, a sore throat or a fever.
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