It is very important to make sure that you are in the best medical condition prior to your scheduled operation. For this reason, we have requested that you obtain medical clearance from your primary medical physician. If you do not have a primary medical physician, we will be happy to make an appropriate referral for you. This medical doctor will examine you and order medical tests, which will need to be obtained prior to your operation. Shami, my surgical scheduler, will be happy to assist you in making an appointment for surgical clearance with your medical physician.
In regards to anti-inflammatory medications many of our patients are taking to control discomfort and inflammation. Such medications include, but are not limited to, Aspirin, Advil, Alleve, Celebrex, Vioxx, Bextra, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Feldene, Arthrotec, Voltaren, Clinoril, Lodine and Orudis. These medications can increase the risk of bleeding during an operation we request that they best stopped two weeks prior to surgery. If there is a question whether you are taking one of these medications, please do not hesitate to call, we will help to clarify the nature of medication you are taking.
It is very important that you let us know if you have any infections or sores on your body. In addition, we need to be notified if you develop cold, flu, and intestinal or urinary infections. If you are currently under the care of a dentist and have planned dental procedures, we to know about this as well. The presence of an active infection in your body can increase your risk of an infection following your operation.
The night before surgery, it is very important that you do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight. Eating or drinking after midnight will result in cancellation or postponement of your operation. This instruction is very vital for your safety under anesthesia. Some patients take medications, which are required to treat their medical problems. It is important to mention these during your preoperative visit and the person interviewing you will tell if you need to take these medications the morning o your operations with a sip of water. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office for clarification.
It is important to get a good night sleep the night before surgery and try to avoid alcoholic beverages or stimulants, such as caffeine. If is a good idea to take a shower or bath the morning of your surgery, if possible. Please avoid using any talcum powders or powder antiperspirant. We prefer that fingernail and toenail polish be removed.
Please remove all jewelry, especially rings, and store them safely in your home prior to arrival for surgery.