Pre-Operative Instructions

Local anesthesia only procedures have no food or water restrictions, and you may leave unescorted.

If you are opting for general anesthesia or moderate to deep sedation, please take note of the following:

  • Do not eat or drink anything 8 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Avoid the consumption of grapefruit juice for 48 hours prior to surgery.
  • Make sure you have a responsible adult present to review your post-operative instructions and safely escort you home. 
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive make-up, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • Contact lenses and jewelry should be removed prior to surgery.
  • On the day of your surgery, you should take your prescribed medications (e.g. blood pressure, heart, cholesterol, thyroid prescriptions) on your regular schedule with a small sip of water unless, previously discussed with your surgeon.  Intake of diabetic medications (e.g. insulin, metformin) and anti-coagulant drugs (e.g. ASA, Coumadin, Plavix) may occasionally be altered after consultation with your physician.  Your surgeon will discuss this with you prior to surgery.
  • Do not take any narcotic pain medication prior to your appointment as this could increase the likelihood of nausea/vomiting when combined with general anesthesia medications.
  • If you have any condition that requires pre-medication, such as a heart murmur or artificial joint, please discuss the day of surgery plans with your surgeon.  Antibiotics may be taken 30-60 minutes prior to the the operation orally, or may be given by your surgeon via intravenous route during the procedure.
  • Do not plan any driving or operating heavy machinery for 24 hours and avoid strenuous activities, including running or lifting heavy material, for 48 to 72 hours following your procedure.
  • If you have a recent illness such as a cold, sore throat, high-grade fever, moderate to severe asthmatic attack, stomach or bowel dysfunction, please notify our office at least 24 hours prior to surgery. 
  • Please avoid smoking at least 12 hours before your surgery.