Please read these instructions carefully. If you do not follow these instructions, we may have to cancel your surgery.
1. We will call you the day before surgery to tell you what time to arrive at the surgery center. If your surgery is Monday, we will call you Friday. If we have not called you by 2:00PM the day before surgery (or Friday for Monday), please call (574)266-4173.
2. If you have sedation or general anesthesia you must fast. Do not eat or drink after 12:00AM (Midnight) the day of surgery. Do not drink water, chew gum, eat mints or suck on lozenges. If you have local anesthesia you can eat and drink normally.
3. If you have sedation, you must bring a reliable adult (18 years or older) with you the day of surgery. This adult should stay at the facility during surgery. This adult must drive you home after surgery and stay with you for four (4) hours.
4. If you have general anesthesia, you must bring a reliable adult (18 years or older) with you the day of surgery. This adult should stay at the facility during surgery. This adult must drive you home after surgery and stay with you for 24 hours.
5. After surgery, you may feel sleepy. The drugs can stay in your body for up to 24 hours. Do not drive a car, operate equipment or drink alcohol for 24 hours after surgery. Do not make important decisions or sign legal documents until you recover.
6. A parent or legal guardian must come to the surgery center and stay with all patients younger than 18 years old.
7. If you smoke, try to quit right away. If you cannot quit, try to stop smoking as long as possible before and after surgery.
8. If you take insulin for diabetes, ask your primary doctor how much insulin to take the day of surgery. Take insulin as per your primary doctor’s orders. If your primary doctor does not give insulin orders, take half (½ ) your normal insulin dose the day of surgery.
9. If you use an inhaler, use it the night before and morning of surgery. Bring your inhaler with you the day of surgery.
10. Stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs seven (7) days before surgery. Some common names for these drugs are ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Excedrin, Bufferin, Motrin, Daypro, Naprosyn, Mobic and Vimovo. Do not stop taking Celebrex. Do not stop taking aspirin if you take less than 325 milligrams (mg) every day.
11. Do not take any supplements, vitamins or herbals 2 weeks prior to surgery.
12. Stop shaving or waxing your lower extremities 1 (one) week before surgery to assist in preventing the development of an infection.
13. If you are female and able to become pregnant, you must have a urine pregnancy test the day of surgery. This means from first menstruation (menarche) to menopause. If you decline, we may have to cancel your surgery. If you prefer a blood test, you must ask your primary doctor to order it at least 48 hours before the day of surgery.
14. A nurse will review the doses of medicines you take. The nurse will tell you which medicines you should take the day of surgery.
15. To cancel or reschedule surgery, please call the office right away at (574) 264-0791.
16. If your health changes before the day of surgery, please call the office at (574) 264-0791. Tell us if you have an infection or if you get a cold, fever or cough. Tell us if you start taking an antibiotic or if you have a cut or sore near your surgery site.
17. If your health changes the day of surgery, please call the surgery center at (574) 266-4173.
18. If you have physical therapy, call (574) 262-1828 to confirm your appointment.
19. Tell us about your health history before you schedule surgery. Tell the nurse about any of these serious health problems:
a. Personal or family history of malignant hyperthermia or anesthesia problems
b. Severe asthma or wheezing that your inhaler does not relieve
c. Allergy to latex
d. Sleep Apnea
e. Heart problems or new chest pain
f. Pacemaker or internal cardiac (heart) defibrillator
g. Any rare or uncommon illness
h. Prescription and any over-the-counter medicine you take (including diet medicine, herbal medicine and supplements)