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Before My Surgery

A nurse will call you the day before your surgery to give you a specific time for your arrival as well as the instructions you need to follow.  If you have not received a call by 4:30pm the day before your surgery, please call us at (239) 689-7000.

A nurse will call you the day before your surgery to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process, give you your arrival time answer any questions you may have.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.

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Food and Drink

Please have nothing to eat, drink, or chew after midnight the night before your surgery.  Please also abstain from using tobacco products and alcohol the evening prior.
If your surgery is scheduled for late in the day, the nurse will go over more specific instructions regarding food and drink during the pre-operative call.

Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

No smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove polish from operative extremity.  Artificial nails or gel/shellac nails should be removed, but please call the surgeon’s office to confirm this. Remove all jewelry.
Do not apply any lotions, powders, or colognes.  Please ask your driver not to wear any scented products, as we are a scent-free facility.

Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Please leave valuables at home. 

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Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, or certain herbal medicines.  You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery.  You can discuss this with your surgeon. 

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home.  Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery. 
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, and interpreter is required.  If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department {scheduling phone} as soon as possible. 

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