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Preparing for Surgery

Planning ahead can make your surgical experience less stressful and more safe. The following tips apply to surgical procedures in general.

One to two weeks before surgery:

You may want to plan to have someone stay with you for a few days during your recovery. Make plans for your family and pets as needed.

If your bedroom is located upstairs, you may want to stay downstairs or with a friend instead, depending on your activity restrictions.

Stop taking all aspirin and products that have aspirin in them. If you have been prescribed aspirin by your doctor, please discuss this with Dr. Ruas. Also stop taking ibuprofen and all other NSAIDS unless specifically discussed with Dr. Ruas. You may take Tylenol® (acetaminophen) as needed for headaches or minor pain during this time.

A few days before surgery:

Prepare some quick, easy, bland meals. Stock up on soup , jello, crackers, and non-carbonated beverages.

Plan to wear something home from the hospital that is comfortable and easy to change. Wear slip-on shoes to avoid bending over.

Get all of your prescriptions filled in advance.

Gather some fluffy pillows, robe and slippers, glasses, and some good books and movies to pass the time. However, we do NOT want you in bed all day. Plan to take little walks throughout the day, even if only within your home.

The Day Before Surgery:

Drink plenty of fluids until midnight. Avoid alcohol. Don’t change your routine, use your usual soap, shampoo and other products. Read your surgical package instructions and have your family/care taker read them as well. Use these instructions and NOT anything provided by the facility. Be sure you understand your activity restrictions, medication instructions, and please don’t hesitate to ask if you have a question.

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