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Pre-Surgical Instructions

It is very important that you follow the instructions given to you during your pre-surgical screening about eating, drinking and taking medications before surgery. There may be guidelines that are specific to you, the procedure you're having, and the surgeon performing the procedure. Failure to follow the instructions could lead to a delay or cancelation of your procedure. If you have questions or concerns, please call your surgeon's office, or call the pre-surgical screening line.

For the best possible outcome, please follow the instructions about eating solid foods and drinking fluids that are given to you during your pre-surgical screening appointment, or by your surgeon. There may be guidelines that are specific to you, the procedure you're having, and the surgeon performing the procedure. If you are scheduled to have bariatric surgery, or you are pregnant, obese, have gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying), or reflux, you are likely to be given special instructions about solids and fluids. Failure to follow the instructions could lead to a delay or cancelation of your procedure.

If you have questions or concerns, please call your surgeon's office, or call the Surgery Center at (585) 341-6707.

General Guidelines For The Day of Surgery

  • Do not eat solid food after midnight. Bariatric Surgery patients may not eat solid foods for 48 hours prior to surgery. Only clear liquids are permitted.
  • Clear liquids ONLY are permitted up to TWO hours before the scheduled procedure.
    • Water
    • Clear apple juice - no cider or apple juice with pulp
    • Clear carbonated beverages

There may be pre-surgical restrictions on the following medications that are specific to you, the procedure you're having, and the surgeon performing the procedure. You might be instructed to change dosage or discontinue use of certain medications for a period of time before your procedure. It is very important that you follow the instructions given to you during your pre-surgical screening appointment, or by your surgeon. Failure to do so could lead to a delay or cancelation of your procedure.

If you have questions about medications, call your surgeon's office or the Surgery Center at (585) 341-6707.

Medications That May Impact Your Surgical Procedure

  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and other anti-inflammatory medications
  • Diabetes medications
  • Blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, Lovenox, etc.
  • Vitamins and other dietary supplements
  • Blood pressure medications



 

Your anesthesiologist is a critical part of your care team

The goal of anesthesia is to ensure that you are safe and comfortable during your operation or procedure. The most appropriate type of anesthesia will be determined by your anesthesiologist after reviewing your options, taking into consideration your health needs and concerns. You will speak to your anesthesiologist before surgery, so please write down any questions you may have.

Types of Anesthesia

Types

Expected Results/Techniques

Risks

General

 

Total state of unconsciousness. The drug is injected into the blood stream and/or inhaled into the lungs. A breathing tube may be placed in the windpipe.

 

Mouth or throat pain, hoarseness, injury to mouth or teeth, awareness under anesthesia

 

Spinal or Epidural

 

Temporary decrease or loss of feeling and/or movement to lower part of the body. A drug is injected through a needle/catheter placed either directly into the spinal canal or immediately outside the canal. Medication may also be given to relax you.

 

Headache, back or leg pain, infection, persistent weakness or numbness

 

Major/Minor Nerve Block

 

Temporary loss of feeling and/or movement of a specific limb or area. Drugs are injected near nerves providing numbness to the area of the operation.

 

Infection, convulsions, weakness, persistent numbness, injury to blood vessels

 

Monitored Anesthesia

 

Reduced anxiety and partial or total amnesia. Drugs are injected into the blood stream and breathed into lungs producing a semi-conscious state.

 

An unconscious state, depressed breathing, awareness

 

 

 

 

You will be called between 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm to verify your arrival time

  • If your surgery is on Monday, you will be called the Friday before your surgery.
  • If your surgery is the day after a holiday, you will be called the last business day prior to your surgery.

Plan Ahead

  • Notify your surgeon if you become ill your day of surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you to the Hospital. 
  • Plan to arrive 10 minutes early and go directly to the Highland Surgery Center. If you arrive late, there is a possibility that your surgery will be cancelled. 
  • Arrange a ride home. Health standards require that a responsible adult must accompany any patient who has received anesthetics or sedatives and is going home the same day.
  • Do not wear any jewelry or bring any valuables to the hospital. The hospital is not responsible for your belongings.
  • We encourage you to bring your mobile devise as it is a good way to keep in touch with friends and family.
  • If you are scheduled for an overnight stay, pack a small bag with your personal items.
  • Review and follow the pre-surgical instructions given to you by the nurse about Eating and Medications. Remember to bring your ID and insurance card with you to the hospital.
  • Plan to bring a magazine or a book to help you stay relaxed. We make every attempt to stay on schedule, but sometimes delays are unavoidable.
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