Before Surgery...

  1. For seven days preceding your surgery do not take aspirin, aspirin containing medications or ibuprofen products (for example, Ibuprofen, Anacin, Alka-Seltzer, Bufferin, Ecotrin, Dristan, Sine-Off, Midol, Nuprin, Aleve, Thera-Flu, Advil, Ginko,Ginseng). You may take Tylenol.

2. The day and evening before your surgical procedure eat and take your prescribed medication as you normally would unless your physician directs otherwise. However, use discretion when drinking alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery.

3. Do not eat solid foods or drink liquids after midnight the night before your surgery unless otherwise instructed by your physician or a member of the EOSC staff. You will be asked about this when you arrive and your procedure may be postponed or rescheduled if these instructions have not been followed.

4. If you are on cardiac, anti-hypertensive (blood pressure), seizure, breathing and/or diuretic (water pills) medication, you may take your medication(s) the morning of surgery with a sip of water. If you are on insulin, your anesthesiologist and/or surgeon will give you instructions about diet and insulin dosage. If you have any questions, please call your physician’s office. Bring all medications you are currently taking to the Surgery Center in their original containers.

5. Do not bring cash, jewelry or other valuables. However, come prepared, we may need a copy of your insurance card(s) or you may need to make a co-payment. You also may receive a prescription for pain or an antibiotic. Plan ahead where you will have this filled and bring your prescription card if applicable.

6. Hand or foot surgery patients need to remove any nail polish and/or jewelry on the operative side. If you are currently on crutches or will be after surgery, please bring a pair of crutches with you. Crutches are not provided by the Surgery Center.

7. Wear loose-fitting, casual clothing that may be easily worn over bulky bandages and splints.

8. Do not wear make-up, especially mascara.

9. If you wear glasses or contacts, please bring a case for their safekeeping. If you wear contacts, you may want to also bring your glasses.

10. A family member or friend is welcome to accompany you. However, due to limited space, please bring only one visitor. Do not bring children or infants with you.