Preparing physically for surgery can help maximize your results and improve the healing process. In the weeks before your surgery you should:
- Decrease smoking as much as possible, ideally ceasing completely. Not smoking the morning of surgery decreases infections after surgery.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Exercise regularly to build energy and maintain strength.
- Stop aspirin 2 weeks before surgery unless otherwise instructed. You may also need to stop anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin, Advil, Naprosyn, and ibuprofen 2 weeks before surgery. Do not stop taking any prescription medications without first checking with the prescribing physician and your surgeon.
- Stop herbal supplements 2 weeks before surgery. You may take a multi-vitamin as long as it does not contain certain herbal supplements.
- Be sure that you have made your surgeon aware of any ongoing health problems that you may have and provided him with a complete list of the medications you take.
In addition to the surgery date itself, there may be a few other appointments required before surgery can take place. The surgery scheduler will arrange these for you at the time of surgery scheduling.
These may include:
- Blood tests, EKG, and other pre-operative testing. These tests are required for some surgeries. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will determine which tests you will need before your surgery.
- A pre-op appointment with your surgeon or a surgery instruction appointment with a surgery scheduler. This appointment generally takes place 3-7 days before surgery.
The day before your surgery
You and your caregiver should review the Pre-surgery instruction sheet you received at your pre-op appointment. It is essential that you follow the instructions carefully to prevent the need for rescheduling your surgery.
- Remember – you will not be allowed to eat any food after midnight the night before your surgery and your clear fluids will be restricted to what is listed on your instruction sheet.
- Ensure that you have an adult caregiver ready to accompany you to surgery, drive you home, and stay with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery.
- Call the clinic at 503-581-1567 between 10:00am-3:00pm to confirm your check-in time. The time you are given at pre-op is an approximate check-in time and will not be finalized until the day before your surgery.
- You and your caregiver should each review the post-op instruction sheet that is specific to your surgery if you were provided one at your pre-op visit.
This form can answer many of the questions you and your caregiver may have after surgery.
- Write down any questions that you may have to discuss with your surgeon or anesthesiologist before the surgery.
Make sure your home is ready for your recovery. Do you have a working digital thermometer? A recliner or other way to elevate your head? Fluids and foods that you prefer? Bandages or dressings, if needed, for your surgery? Remember – you will not be able to drive while you are taking narcotic pain medications.