PRE-ANESTHESIA INSTRUCTIONS

  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT
  • If you have been prescribed a scopolamine patch, please place the patch behind your ear the night before surgery.
  • Please drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids the day before surgery.
  • Take your normal medications the night before/morning of surgery with a small sip of water (see exceptions below):
  • Please do not take an Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) for high blood pressure such as losartan, candesartan, irbesartan, valsartan, olmesartan, Avapro, Diovan, Micardis, Cozaar, Hyzaar, Benecar, Atacand.
  • If you take only oral diabetes medications, please do not take them the morning of surgery.
  • If you take multiple oral diabetes medications and insulin, please follow the recommendations of the prescribing provider regarding those medications.
  • If you take Plavix, Aggrenox, Pradaxa, Coumadin, clopidogrel, dabigatran, dipyridamole, warfarin, or other blood thinner, please follow the recommendations of your surgeon or prescribing provider.
  • Social or recreational drug use can cause severe illness and even death under anesthesia.  Please discontinue use of all illicit substances (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, etc). At least 2 weeks prior to your surgery and disclose all usage to your anesthesia provider.  This information will be kept strictly confidential and is for treatment safety purposes only.
  • If you routinely use nebulizer treatments or inhalers for asthma, please take these the morning of surgery before you arrive.
  • If you have experienced a change in health status (cold, upper respiratory infection, other infection) in the 2 weeks before your surgery, please notify your surgeon immediately.
  • Please designate a driver, and an adult to stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.