Preparing for Surgery
Please shower at home the evening before surgery or in the
Please do not shave the surgical site! It will be done for you
if necessary. Shaving yourself increases the risk of infection.
For morning surgery, Do Not Eat or Drink anything after midnight
the night before surgery unless otherwise instructed. This includes coffee, tea,
water, and juice! Medication with a small sip of water is OK. For afternoon
surgery, a small breakfast BEFORE 7AM is OK, and nothing after that. Your
surgery may be cancelled if you do not follow these instructions.
Do Not Drink Alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your surgery.
Do Not Smoke for 4 weeks before surgery or your risk of serious
Ask us if you are permitted to take your routine medications
(such as those for heart, blood pressure, or insulin etc.) before arriving for
Stop aspirin, warfarin, or any other blood thinner 5-7 days
prior to surgery
Do Not bring valuables such as money, jewelry etc. Do not wear
Bring toiletries and loose fitting, comfortable clothing to wear
You will be required to remove contact lenses, jewelry,
dentures, and wigs
Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after
Notify us if there is a change in your condition prior to
surgery (such as a cold, cough, fever or infection). If severe, your surgery may
need to be postponed for your safety.
Stop all herbal medications 4 weeks before surgery unless
discussed beforehand. Especially Ginseng, Garlic, and Gingko, or St. John's Wort,
which increase the risk of bleeding.
THE DAY of YOUR SURGERY
On the day of your surgery, report to hospital reception.
If you have not already done so, you will meet your anaesthetist
After the operation, you will spend some time in the recovery room
before going to the ward
After discharge, and as long as you are taking prescription pain
medicine, you are not permitted to:
o Drive a Car nor operate power equipment
o Drink Alcoholic Beverages
o Sign important papers
o Instructions regarding safe resumption of the above activities will be
provided by your surgeon.