Before General Anesthesia or IV Sedation Pre-Op Instructions
IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE THAT YOU ARE PREGNANT, PLEASE PERFORM A PREGNANCY TEST TWO DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED SURGERY DATE. CALL US TO RESCHEDULE IF THE TEST IS POSITIVE.
IF YOUR SURGERY WITH GENERAL ANESTHESIA/IV SEDATION IS PRIOR TO NOON- You must have nothing to eat after 6:00PM the evening before your surgery.
IF YOUR SURGERY WITH GENERAL ANESTHESIA/IV SEDATION IS AFTER NOON- You must have nothing to eat after 10:00PM the night before your surgery.
FOR ALL GENERAL ANESTHESIA/IV SEDATION SURGERIES— You can drink non-alcoholic liquids (NO MILK PRODUCTS OR ORANGE JUICE) until midnight. You cannot have anything to drink after midnight – NOTHING—NOT EVEN A SIP OF WATER. If you have anything at all to eat or drink after the specified times, the surgery will not be performed.
Arrange to have a responsible adult with you the day of surgery to drive you home. This individual MUST remain in the reception area during the entire surgery. They cannot drop you off and pick you up. They must stay in the reception area until the surgery is finished at which time they will be brought into the recovery area to sit with you while you come out of anesthesia. If there is no one to sit with you during recovery and drive you home, we WILL NOT be able to perform your surgery with IV sedation or general anesthesia.
• Wear short sleeves and loose comfortable clothing (preferably not white)
• Do not wear contact lenses, jewelry, nail polish, and/or cosmetics.
• Do not consume alcoholic beverages or smoke 24 hours prior to surgery.
• If you are on blood pressure medication(s), take your medication(s) three hours prior to your scheduled surgery time with a sip of water. Also, bring your blood pressure medication(s) with you to your surgery appointment.
PATIENTS AND THEIR “RIDES” SHOULD PLAN ON BEING HERE FOR AT LEAST THREE HOURS INCLUDING 45 MINUTES TO AN HOUR IN THE RECOVERY ROOM AFTER SURGERY.
**PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT ANESTHESIA STAYS IN YOUR SYSTEM FOR ABOUT 24 HOURS AFTER SURGERY. THEREFORE, YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO DRIVE, OPERATE MACHINERY, OR MAKE ANY IMPORTANT DECISIONS DURING THAT TIMEFRAME. EVERYONE’S HEALING PROCESS IS DIFFERENT, BUT FOR THE MOST PART YOU SHOULD PLAN ON REFRAINING FROM WORK, SCHOOL, AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR 1-3 DAYS. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.**
If any special medical considerations arise between your consultation and your surgery, please contact the office prior to surgery. (i.e., diabetes, asthma, emphysema, angina, joint replacement, or a recent cold or flu) In addition, if there have been any changes or additions to the medications you are taking since your consultation or if you forgot during your consultation to inform the doctor of any medications you are currently taking, please contact the office prior to surgery.
(Diabetic Patients are given special eating/drinking instructions by Dr. Smith. If you are Diabetic and have not had your diabetic-specific instructions explained to you or have forgotten them, please call us.)
Remember that weMUST speak to you two (2) days prior to your surgery to confirm that you will be keeping your appointment. If we do not speak to you to confirm, your appointment will be removed from the schedule. In addition to that, one of our RNs will call you the day before surgery to go over pre-operative instructions. Please feel free to ask any clinical questions you have at that time.
Per the Patient Treatment Plan you signed at your consultation you are aware that if there is a copay, that copay it is due on the date of surgery. If you have any questions regarding your copay amount, please feel free to call our office at Lakewood Office Phone Number 216-228-4232 to discuss them prior to your appointment because, unfortunately, if the copayment is not made on the date the surgery, the surgery will not be performed.
The use of “Street Drugs” (Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, etc.) is strictly forbidden for several days prior to the administration of any anesthetic and afterward until full recovery is achieved. The mixture of “Street Drugs” and anesthetic agents has resulted in very serious complications. Therefore, the reason for these restrictions is your safety.