Preparing for your surgery
Prior to Your Surgery

Depending on your age, general physical condition and the surgery you need, you may or may not need to have a pre-operative exam and tests. If you are scheduled for physical and tests, please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. The tests needed may include: A physical; blood and urine tests; an EKG, and a chest X-ray.

Before scheduling the surgery, your surgeon will discuss with you about the operation you will undergo. This discussion will include the side effects, risks and desired outcome of the surgery. You may consider writing down your questions and have them answered at this time. You should be prepared to talk about your health and the health of your family members. It is important to tell your surgeon about previous illnesses, surgeries, allergies and the possibility of pregnancy. Please be sure to tell your physician of all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and any herbal supplements you take. Decision to have the surgery should be made in consultation with your surgeon, primary doctor and family members. Absolute confidentiality will be maintained throughout. Your primary doctor and surgeon will also ask for a list of the medications you take. Your doctor will tell you when and what over-the-counter or prescription drugs you should stop taking before surgery. Some medicines like aspirin can slow blood clotting.  
The Day Before Your Surgery

On the day before your surgery, please call us between 10 am and 2 pm at (773) 761-0500 to confirm the time the limousine will pick you up. If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, call the Friday before. Inform your surgeon and the surgery center of any change in your medical condition, if you have a cold, cough or fever.

If you are going to have anesthesia care or sedation, arrange to have someone available to ride with you.

Unless otherwise instructed by your anesthesiologist or surgeon, it is important that you do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight. Take your regularly scheduled medications, with a sip of water unless instructed otherwise. Please bring the original bottles of your medications including over-the-counter medications with you to the Surgery Center. Please tell your anesthesiologist and surgeon about any and all medications and herbal supplements you are taking, including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin, blood pressure, blood thinning medicines, inhalers and eye drops.
The Day of Your Surgery
Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight
Do not wear any makeup.
Do not wear contact lenses
Please remove false nails and nail or toe polish
Wear casual clothes that can be folded and stored easily.  
Please be ready at the scheduled time for pick up. Your promptness helps us to provide limousine service to greater number of patients.  
Do not bring money, jewelry, credit cards, or other valuables
Bring your health insurance card.  
Limit accompanying adults to two.  
You may also need to have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after you go home
Follow Up
Our recovery staff will be contacting you the following day to see how you are feeling. If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to ask them. If you are having any problems prior to or after this call, please call your doctor directly.

Avoid fatty foods and eat lightly during your recovery. Make sure you follow your doctor's instructions on diet, medications, bathing and activity.

Home health services can be arranged for you when required based upon instructions by your doctor.

Important Tips
Here are a few important steps that you should take before your surgery to aid in your comfort and recovery:
Follow Diet Instructions
You may receive special diet instructions prior to surgery. If so, it is important to follow them carefully. Be sure to follow the anesthesiologist's advice regarding the specific time to stop eating or drinking prior to your surgery. Sometimes eating or drinking anything (water, candy, gum, etc.) may result in the need to cancel and reschedule your surgery.
Ask Your Doctor About Medicines
If you are currently taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), check with your doctor to determine when or if you should stop taking these medicines before surgery. These over-the-counter medicines can slow blood clotting.
Avoid Alcohol
You should not drink any alcoholic beverages at least two days before surgery. Alcohol can react with the medications you may take, interfering with recovery and causing serious complications.
Try to Stop Smoking
Smoking can be harmful to your recovery. Try to stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery. This will improve your lung function and circulation, which will help you heal more quickly.
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