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Before My Surgery

DAY BEFORE PROCEDURE

To ensure that your procedure goes smoothly, follow these five simple guidelines the day before your procedure.

  1. Notify your physician before coming to the Center if there is any change in your physical condition, such as a cold or fever.
  2. If no one has contacted you 24 hours before your surgery, please call the Center for specific instructions.
  3. If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring a case for their safekeeping. We provide containers for removable dentures and bridgework.
  4. The night before your procedure, you may eat a light snack before 10:00 p.m. Do not, however, drink or eat anything after midnight—not even coffee or water. This will reduce the possibility of nausea and vomiting following anesthesia. You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything. Refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum or cigarettes. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your procedure.

You may take your prescribed medications as directed (except insulin and blood thinners) with a small sip of water.