If you and your surgeon have agreed that surgery is the best course of action for your injury, then it is important to understand these guidelines for a safe, effective procedure. This is a general outline of what to expect and what is expected of you as a patient. You will receive additional information from our staff as part of your pre-admission interview.

Remember, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them between now and the day of surgery.


Please contact us to schedule your pre-admission appointment. You may need to come to our office prior to surgery to sign consent forms, discuss anesthesia, and possibly have blood tests or an EKG, if needed.

If your physician has determined that you need to have surgical clearance prior to your procedure, please schedule that appointment as soon as possible. Surgery cannot be performed until all clearance paperwork and test results have been reviewed by our office.

Please be sure to stop taking the following 5-10 days prior to surgery – if you are unsure, please call your surgeon to discuss.

  • All aspirin products and anti-inflammatory medications including over-the-counter brands such as Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Motrin, as well as any anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by your doctor.
  • Blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, and Warfarin
  • Herbal supplements
  • Diet pills

These types of medications can cause complications with anesthesia and/or increase the risk of excessive bleeding. Your doctor will give you additional information regarding any other medications that you may need to discontinue prior to surgery.

Please check with your surgeon or the doctor who prescribed the medicine before you stop taking it.


Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. This includes water, candy, mints, chewing gum and smoking or chewing tobacco.

Contact us immediately if you are unable to have your surgery for any reason or if you develop any illness prior to surgery.

Make arrangements to have someone to drive you home when you are discharged – you will not be allowed to drive yourself and we will not release you to a cabdriver. If you live alone, make arrangements to stay with someone for 24 hours following surgery in case of emergency.


If you need to take any prescribed medications, do so with only a small sip of water unless otherwise instructed.

Wear flat shoes and loose, comfortable clothing without zippers or buttons.

Leave jewelry, credit cards, large sums of money and valuables at home. If you wear contact lenses, please bring your glasses with you. Please remove any body piercings. Do not wear makeup or perfumes/colognes.

Please bring a complete list of all of your medications (including dosages) with you to the hospital. Include prescription medicine, non-prescription medicine, vitamins, herbs, and supplements.

Please check in at the surgery desk at the appropriate time you have been scheduled. You are welcome to bring one or two family members or friends with you.

Please have your driver accompany you at the time of check-in.

You will receive additional, detailed information prior to your surgery. Please be sure to let us know if you have any questions or need any special help preparing for your operation.