Pre-Operative Instructions

Pre-Operative Instructions

*Minors under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian.

Local Anesthesia – If You Will Be Awake

Ask the AOS team if you should alter any of your at-home medications.

  • Blood thinners: Under certain circumstances, it is OK to continue using blood thinners. Please check with our office. You may be asked to get a blood draw before surgery.
  • Diabetic medications: It is typically best to take your usual diabetic medicine unless you are fasting for surgery.
  • Heart and blood pressure medicines: It is important to continue taking these medications; usually, they should not be altered.
  • Asthma: Bring your inhalers to the appointment.

General & Sedation Anesthesia – If You Will Be Asleep

Please ask the team member if you need to alter any of your usual medications.

  • Since you will be fasting, you may have to alter your medicine for conditions such as diabetes.

Come in with an empty stomach.

  • You should not eat anything for 8 hours prior to your surgery. (Example: If your surgery is at 8:00 a.m., do not eat after midnight.)
  • If your surgery is late in the day, a light breakfast is okay. (Example: A breakfast of tea and toast at 6:00 a.m. is acceptable for a 2:00 p.m. surgery.)
  • If you regularly take medications, be sure to take them normally as prescribed, with just a small sip of water (e.g., blood pressure pills).

You need an escort.

  • A responsible adult should bring you to the appointment, stay throughout the surgery, and take you home afterward.
  • It is best to have somebody available the rest of the day after the surgery in case you need assistance.

Do not wear contact lenses to your surgery appointment. Jewelry may also need to be removed for the surgery.

Wear a loose-fitting, short-sleeved shirt or blouse and comfortable, flat shoes. Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.

Tell one of the AOS team members if you have had a recent change in your medical information, such as a cold, cough, fever, infection, heart attack, or pregnancy.