Make plans to arrive 30 minutes prior to schedule time of your procedure unless otherwise instructed.
If you need transportation please make proper arrangements. We always advise you to come with a Family member or a Friend to help and support you.
Postoperative Management and Transaction
If you are staying in a hotel near by or going home, plan to have someone stay with you. Your postoperative transportation must be pre-arranged. The person responsible for driving you home must arrive in the office the day you are released from the clinic. If you need someone to drive you across the Border please notify us in advance.
Do not take Aspirin. Aspirin products, or vitamin E for 2 weeks prior to surgery as these may promote bleeding. Also, medications containing ibuprofen may have effects similar to aspirin if taken on regular basis just prior to your surgery. If needed request a list of Medications.
If you are taking such medications or any other medication for pain or arthritis or anticoagulats, please notify your surgeon. You may take Tylenol or products containing acetaminophen.
All drug allergies must be noted prior to surgery.
We Recommend the use of ARNICA (Arnica Montana) 1 week before and after the surgery, Arnica will help you heal faster after your surgery. Arnica tablets or pills can be used 1 every 8 hrs.
Remember if you are spending the night at the clinic or Hotel please bring all your current Medications as you will continue taking them the day after your surgery.
If you will be receiving general anesthesia, you must observe the following instructions:
Night Before Surgery
- Eat light supper the night before surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, not even water!
- Do not take any drugs (medications or alcohol) except those prescribed by your physician.
- Bathing either the night before or morning of surgery is permitted.
- Please notify your physician the day before your scheduled surgery if there is any change in your physical condition (i.e, temperature, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever or extreme pain).
Morning of Surgery
- Do not eat or drink anything!
- Brush your teeth but do not swallow any water.
- You may apply light makeup if you wish, but No mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner or false eyelashes.
- Wear casual clothing such as a jogging suit or loose-fitting clothing Do not wear panty hose, high heels, or many layers of clothing.
- Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
Home Care After Surgery
- Before leaving the clinic you will receive verbal and written instructions for your postoperative caregiver. Included in this information will be general instructions regarding diet, medication, bathing and activity restrictions in addition to those specific to your procedure.
- After your surgery, have on hand easily digested foods such as ginger ale, crackers, Jell-O, and canned soups.
Make sure you ask how many days you need to take off from your work after surgery, especially if your work consists of heavy lifting or vigorous activity. The average time you need after a surgery is 7 to 10 days.