Pre-operative Instructions for gynecological surgery
The following guidelines will help prepare you for your surgery and avoid delays or possible cancellations:
- Do not wear any makeup or fingernail polish.
- Do not bring jewelry, money or valuables.
- Do not drink any alcohol for 24 hours before your surgery.
- No solid food, liquid or gum after midnight the night before your surgery.
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing such as a jogging suit.
- Bring any medications you are taking (or a list of the medications you are taking) with you.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home and spend the first night after surgery with you.
- Do not bring a gown, robe or slippers for outpatient surgery, as these will be provided for you.
- Do not wear contact lenses. Wear glasses if needed.
- A consent form must be signed before the surgical procedure begins. For patients under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must be present to sign the form.
- The patient is responsible for informing staff of any pertinent information, including change in medication.
- Do not take any aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen or similar medication for one week prior to surgery unless directed by your physician.
- The following medications should not be taken the morning of surgery unless specified by your physician: oral diabetic medication, Coumadin or insulin. Usually 1/2 of the insulin dose is given.