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The night and morning before surgery

  • You may eat up to eight hours before your procedure.

    • Eat light meals, such as oatmeal or toast.
    • Avoid foods that are heavy or high in fat, such as meat or fried foods.

     Do not use chewing tobacco six hours before your procedure.

     You may have clear liquids up to two hours before your procedure.

    • Drink water, fruit juice without pulp, black coffee, tea, hard candies and gum.
    • Do not have milk, yogurt or alcohol.

     Do not shave the surgery site.

    Take your regular medicines (heart, blood pressure, diabetes or pain medicine) as directed by your doctor with a small sip of water. Your doctor will tell you if he or she doesn't want you to take any or all of your regular medicines.

    Follow any specific instructions given by your doctor. (For instance, cleansing your skin with a special soap.)

    Bring a list of your medicines with you to the hospital. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbals. Include the name of the medicine, how much you take, and the last time you took the medicine.

    Please leave money, credit cards and other valuables at home.

    If you wear glasses, contact lenses, dentures or hearing aids, bring containers for them during surgery.

    Remove all jewelry (including rings) and body piercings. Please leave the items at home or with a family member at the hospital.

    Do not wear make-up, deodorant, perfume, cologne or aftershave.

    Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

    Bring any forms given to you by your doctor. If your surgery requires a physical exam, please bring these completed forms with you.

    Bring your insurance card.

    Bring your health care directive.

    Bring personal care items such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, slippers and comb if you are staying at the hospital.

    Bring any special medicines (including eyedrops and inhaler) or equipment (such as CPAP machine, crutches, cane or splint).

    Bring books or magazines.

    Please arrive at the hospital as directed before your surgery. It is common to be told to arrive two hours before your scheduled surgery time. If you have trouble walking or moving, allow extra time.