What should I do before my surgery?

September 20, 2017

Here are some important things to do (and not to do) the day before your surgery:

  1. If there is any change in your physical condition – such as a cold or fever – be sure to notify your surgeon.
  2. Expect a call from us! Someone from Campbell Surgery Center will check in to make sure you’re ready for your procedure, answer any questions, and ask about special requests. (If you don’t hear from us, please call (901) 759-5454 Monday – Friday from 8:30 am-5:00 pm for specific instructions.)
  3. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please bring your case for their safekeeping. We will provide containers for any removable dentures or bridgework.
  4. Eat and drink according to our guidelines: For Adults – The night before surgery, DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight – not even coffee or water. You may brush your teeth, but be careful not to swallow any liquid. For Infants – Clear liquids up to two hours prior to surgery. Breast milk up to four hours before surgery. Formula up to six hours prior to surgery.
  5. Check with your doctor about taking any medications prior to surgery. If you are on any medications for your heart, blood pressure or seizure disorder, please ask your physician if you should take these medications on the day of surgery. (We recommend that YOU DO take these medicines.) We recommend that you NOT take aspirin or blood thinners (such as heparin or coumadin); however, please consult with your physician. If you are diabetic, consult  your physician. If you are taking any herbal products, pills, tea, etc., please notify your physician or Campbell Surgery Center staff two weeks prior to surgery. Some herbal products may increase the chance of bleeding and/or interact with anesthesia medications.
  6. Refrain from smoking on the morning before your surgery.
  7. Relax and try to get a good night’s rest.
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