- Preparing for Surgery
Preparing for Surgery
How can I prepare for my surgery?
Careful attention to the following instructions will help ensure your comfort and reduce the possibility of complications. Failure to comply will cause your surgery to be postponed or cancelled.
If able, please click on the Online Pre-Registration link from the menu on the left of your screen and enter your health history prior to your surgery date. This will allow us to review your history in advance of your admission.
Do not eat or drink anything including water, chewing gum, and mints eight hours prior to surgery. Medications for blood pressure, heart conditions, asthma or emphysema may be taken with a small sip of water at their usual prescribed times. Undigested food in the stomach can cause complications and your surgery is likely to be postponed for your own safety if you forget to follow this instruction.
Please be prepared to list all medications and dosage you are currently taking and bring any with you that you may need during your stay here such as an inhaler or insulin.
If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea and use a C-Pap machine, please inform your surgeon and the center so we may evaluate your health and plan for an overnight stay. Be sure to bring your machine with you if staying the night.
Bathe or shower and brush your teeth (taking care not to swallow any water) the morning of the surgery. This will assist you in feeling refreshed as well as minimize the chance of infection.
Remove all mascara, contacts and jewelry including piercings. Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing that can be easily removed and put back on. Leave all your valuables at home.
Arrange for an adult to drive you home. For your own safety and protection, you will not be allowed to drive after surgery when any sedation, nerve block or general anesthetic has been administered. Similarly, arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for the first night following the surgery. In the case of young children having surgery, it is best to have someone along with the driver to help care for the child on the trip home.
If you suspect that you are pregnant or there is the possibility of being pregnant, please notify your doctor and anesthesiologist. Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to your developing baby.
If you experience any health changes between your recent visit to your doctor and the day of our procedure, notify your doctor. Please report even minor changes such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold.
You are expected to arrive no later than 1 hour and 15 minutes before your surgery time to allow us ample time to prepare you for surgery.
A responsible adult must accompany you to the center. Young children having surgery are to have at least one parent or guardian in the facility throughout the surgery period. Please feel free to bring any stuffed animal or security blanket for added reassurance. Children may come in their pajamas. Please bring whatever bottle or tippy cup your child uses if they can't drink from a cup.
Diagnostic studies and lab work will be determined by your doctor's office. They will schedule these studies for you and discuss where these studies can be performed. Please inform the facility performing your studies to fax the results to Oklahoma Surgicare (752-1819) prior to your surgery date.
If we have not reached you in two days prior to surgery to review your medical history, pre-operative instructions and financial arrangements, please call the Center.