The Day Before & Day of Surgery
NO solid food after midnight on the day before your surgery.
You may have clear liquids up to eight hours prior to
your surgery time. Clear fluids include:
- Clear carbonated drinks
- Clear Tea
- Black coffee
- Apple Juice
- Do not chew gum or suck on hard candies during the 8-hour period before surgery. These stimulate gastric juices from your stomach
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages the night before
- Take all of your regular prescribed medications with no more than a sip of water (antidepressants, blood pressure medications, anti-anxiety medications, thyroid medication, etc.) unless otherwise instructed by your Surgeon.
Unless otherwise instructed by your Surgeon, do NOT take:
- Dieuretics, oral hypoglycemics, or insulin on the day of surgery
- Anticoagliants (e.g. Coumadin®, Plavix®) for five to seven days before surgery
- Vitamins and herbal remedies, especially vitamin E, Ginko biloba, Fish oil, Saw Palmetto, or Ginseng for two weeks before surgery
- Anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. Advil®, ibuprofen, Motrin®, Naproxen) for two weeks before surgery.
- Medications containing ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) for 10-14 days before surgery.
- Tylenol® is safe to take for minor pains or headaches, even on the morning of surgery, with a sip of water.
- Ativan® (lorazepam) is appropriate to be taken for anxiety if prescribed by your Surgeon/Doctor