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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