About your surgery

Confidentiality & Safety Rules

We take the confidentiality of your protected health information very seriously.

Please call us immediately if the contact information you have given your physician is not the number you want us to use to reach you regarding your surgery. Please also indicate any other family members/individuals that are or are not allowed to receive information regarding your care. It will be assumed that the person you designate as the responsible adult to accompany you home after surgery is allowed to receive information regarding discharge instructions

Important Safety Rules

Before surgery, you should follow these important safety rules, which are critical to your wellbeing. If you do not follow these guidelines, your operation may have to be delayed or canceled.

  • Make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless your doctor or anesthesiologist instructs otherwise, this includes foods, liquids, water, candy, gum and breathe mints.
  • Do not smoke or use any tobacco products after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before and after your surgery.
  • You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth the day of surgery, provided nothing is swallowed.
  • Medications
    • If you take insulin or any other routine medication, your doctor or anesthesiologist will tell you how to take your medication the day of the surgery.
    • If you take a blood thinner (such as Coumadin, aspirin, etc.), please tell the surgeon.
    • You may take your normal heart, blood pressure, breathing, or seizure medication the morning of surgery with a small sip of water.