Special Care for Children and Adults
You and your doctor have agreed that you need surgery. To help you understand what to expect during your surgery and recovery period please review the information below.
Please follow these steps carefully prior to your surgery to help ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible.
Contact your surgeon or physician prior to your surgery date if:
- You are not sure what time to arrive at the center on the day of your procedure.
- You experience any changes in your health between your most recent visit to your physician and the day of your procedure, even minor ones such as a fever, cough, cold, or diarrhea.
- You suspect that you are pregnant. Anesthesia and medication may be harmful to the developing fetus.
- You have a serious medical condition such as a latex allergy, diabetes, heart conditions, kidney or liver failure.
- If you take medication(s) it is important to inform your physician anesthesiologist during the interview. Morning medications should be taken with no more than two tablespoons of water and no later than two hours before surgery. If you take medication for diabetes, aspirin or anti-coagulants, you should let your physician know at least two weeks prior to the surgery.
Key Items to Remember
- Do not eat or drink anything (including water, gum, mints, hard candy) after 10 pm the night before surgery unless you are directed otherwise by your anesthesiologist.
- Bring your insurance card.
- Bring any test results pertaining to your surgery that were performed prior to your hospital preadmission visit.
- Do not bring medications with you, but please bring a complete list of the medications you are taking.
- If you are a smoker, check with your physician to see if you should stop smoking before your surgery.
- For infant/children bring a favorite toy, bottle, and car seat.