Preparing for Your Surgery
At Surgery Center of the Pacific, we want you to feel comfortable and prepared
on the day of your surgery. Our team has prepared a selection of resources
to help you learn what to expect during each step of your procedure:
Remember, the nursing staff will give you a call a few days before your
surgery. At this time, we’ll review all of these instructions and
more in preparation for your surgery.
Keep the following in mind as you prepare:
- Bring a protective case with you for your contact lenses or glasses if
you wear them.
Unless you have received
specific instructions from our office,
do not take any medication after midnight.
It’s important you don’t eat or drink anything after midnight, not even water or gum.
- If you take aspirin, herbal supplements, and blood thinning medications,
please tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist.
- Be sure to let your surgeon know if you experience any changes in your
physical condition prior to surgery, such as a fever or a cold.
Note that disregarding the strict dietary requirements could result in
the cancellation of your surgery.
Day of Surgery
What to Expect When You Arrive
Please plan to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled surgery. Your family
can wait for you in the front lobby and your surgeon will speak with them
immediately post-surgery. You will also meet with your anesthesiologist
who can discuss the process and answer your questions.
Prior to your surgery, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Wear comfortable clothing that is large enough to accommodate bandages.
- Shower before your surgery. Remove makeup and avoid use of lotions, oils,
- Arrange for a responsible adult to give you a ride after your procedure
and stay with you for 24 hours.
On the day of your surgery, bring with you:
- Your insurance cards and driver’s license
- A list of your prescription and non-prescription medications
Here’s what you should know after your surgery:
- You should start your post-surgery diet with clear liquids. Avoid solid
foods until the first four to six hours have passed.
- Follow your doctor’s orders concerning what to eat, the medications
to take, necessary rest, and appropriate activity levels.
- Do NOT drive a car, smoke, drink alcohol, cook, or operate machinery at
any point during the first 24 hours post-surgery.
- Feelings of fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, or mild pain and discomfort
are not unusual during the several hours post-surgery.
If you have further questions, or if you would like to speak with a member
of our staff, please
Call Surgery Center of the Pacific at (310) 576-7267.