Before/After Surgery



All patients should pre-register at

Preoperative Labs/Studies:

Your doctor may ask that you get preoperative labs or other tests prior to surgery. Some patients may need to get medical clearance from their primary care provider or cardiologist.


Check with your doctor about which medications you might need to stop prior to surgery. In general, most patients will need to stop all blood thinners such as aspirin, Coumadin, and Plavix, 1 week in advance.


Read over your preoperative and postoperative instructions from your doctor


  • Do not eat or drink anything from midnight the night before. You may take important medications with a sip of water.
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Do not bring any valuables. Leave watches and jewelry at home.
  • Arrive promptly at the time instructed, usually 60-90 minutes prior to your scheduled surgery time.
  • For safety reasons, all patients must have an adult to drive them home if they receive anesthesia
  • Items to bring with you:
    • Photo Identification
    • Insurance Card
    • Any important documents such as a living will
    • List of current medications
    • Container for your glasses, contacts, or dentures
    • Magazine or book to read
    • Pillow or blanket for the ride home
  • Once you arrive you will check in at the front desk. You will be provided with a hospital gown and socks to change into.
  • Depending on the procedure and type of anesthesia required, you will be in the recovery area around 30 minutes to 2 hours. Your family/friends will be able to join you once you are fully awake.


Please refer to your postoperative instructions provided by your physician. If you have any postoperative questions or complications, please contact your doctor’s office.