Day of surgery
Diet: Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the day of your surgery unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Eating or drinking prior to surgery may result in the cancellation of your surgery. If your surgery is scheduled for local anesthesia, this restriction may not apply, but be sure to ask your surgeon.
Medications: If you take medications regularly, your surgeon or anesthesiologist may want you to have your customary dose. We ask that you bring all medications with you to the hospital in their original containers
Valuables: Please leave valuables at home, including jewelry, credit cards and money. A family member or visitor will be asked to take care of any valuables that you bring with you including glasses and dentures.
Cosmetics: Do not wear make-up. Fingernail polish is discouraged; however, manicured and artificial nails are acceptable.
Clothing: For your comfort, wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. We will provide you with a gown and slippers as well as a garment bag in which to put your clothes during surgery.
Visitors: Two visitors will be permitted to stay with you in the Pre-Op Care Unit (POCU) until the time of your surgery. Your surgeon will talk with them in the surgery waiting room after your surgery is completed.
Transportation: If you are going home the day of surgery, you must have a responsible adult to drive you home. A cab ride home alone is not acceptable. If you are scheduled for a surgery with local anesthesia only, this restriction may not apply. Be sure to ask your doctor. Receiving sedation of any kind will require you to have a responsible adult to drive you home.
Have a pillow available in the car for comfort during the drive home. This is especially helpful for elevating an extremity after any orthopedic surgery. You may experience motion sickness on your ride home. Have a container and some tissues available in case this should occur.
Illness: If you develop cold or flu symptoms (sore throat, diarrhea, fever, productive cough) prior to your surgery, call your doctor! Your doctor will determine if you should proceed with your surgery.