Arizona Advanced Surgery Center: Prepare for Surgery




Preparing for your surgery is very important. To insure your comfort and reduce the risk of any complications during your surgery, please read the following instructions carefully. In the event that these instructions are not followed, your surgery will be subject to cancellation. We are very concerned about your welfare.

Food and drink.
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER 11PM THE DAY BEFORE YOUR SURGERY (including gum or mints).  Avoid alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery.

DO NOT SMOKE AFTER 11PM THE DAY BEFORE YOUR SURGERY. Smoking causes bronchial irritation and may increase the likelihood of breathing problems during and after anesthesia. Your doctor may advise you to quit for a longer period of time.  You should follow your doctors instructions.

If you take prescribed medications, ask your surgeon whether you should take them the morning of surgery.  Our staff will review your medications with you during your preoperative phone interview and instruct you on what medicines to take the day of surgery. If you routinely take coumadin, aspirin, aspirin-containing products or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as Advil, Nuprin or Motrin, please check with your physician about discontinuing these medicines before surgery.

Clothing and hygiene.
The morning of your surgery you will need to prepare by bathing or showering, removing all make-up, piercings and jewelry. Please do not wear any perfume or lotions. You will need to wear loose-fitting casual clothing and comfortable shoes. We ask that you please leave all your valuables at home.

If you suspect you are pregnant, please notify your surgeon immediately. Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to a developing fetus. A pregnancy test will be performed on any woman in child bearing years that has not had a hysterectomy.

Changes in your health.
You will need to report any changes in your health to your surgeon, even minor changes such as a cough, cold, fever, rash or any sign of infection.

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