Before Surgery

If you take herbal supplements and / or vitamins, stop usage 1 week before surgery

Sometime before your surgery, a nurse from this center will call you to ask you questions regarding current or past medical conditions, allergies and medications you are taking. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have and be sure to let the staff know of any special needs. If you can’t be reached by phone, please be sure to call the center no later than two business days before surgery.

Notify your physician before coming to the center if there is any change in your physical condition, such as cold or fever.

If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring a case for their safekeeping. We provide containers for removable dentures and bridgework.

The night before your surgery you may eat a light snack before 10:00 p.m. Do not drink or eat anything after midnight not even coffee or water. This will reduce the possibility of nausea and vomiting following anesthesia. You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything. Refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum or cigarettes. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery.

Notify your physician of any change in your health, such as a cold, fever or sore throat.

For women, if there is any possibility you are pregnant, please notify your doctor and the facility’s nurse.

If you have received specific instructions from your Doctor follow those instructions. Please call if you have questions.

Arrange in advance for a responsible adult to pick you up at Centers for Special Surgery, drive you home; plan on having someone remain with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. You cannot drive yourself if you have had anesthesia. You may take a taxi if you have your responsible adult with you.