Before Your Surgery Checklist

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.


Food and Drink

  • DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery, including gum, candy, mints, or drink any water or coffee.
  • Undigested food and liquids in the stomach can cause complications, and your procedure will be cancelled or delayed if you forget to follow these instructions
  • There may be exceptions depending on your procedure.  Please contact our pre-registration department 951-698-4670 for questions.

Alcohol

  • Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

Smoking/Tobacco

  • No smoking/tobacco for 24 hours.

Hygiene, Jewelry (including body jewelry)/Valuables

  • You may shower; avoid using lotions, oils, perfumes, colognes, or deodorant.
  • Avoid Make-up
  • DO NOT shave the surgical area.
  • You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything.
  • Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home.

Clothing, Personal Items

  • Wear loose , comfortable, appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • You may be required to remove contact lenses, glasses, hearing aides, or dentures.

Medications

  • Follow the instructions given to you by your surgeon. You may need to stop NSAIDS, aspirin, blood thinners, and certain herbal medications 1-2 weeks before your surgery.  Frequently Asked Questions 
  • Diabetic patients: Check your blood sugar levels before coming to the center.
  • Prior to your surgery, the pre-registration nurse will contact you to provide special instructions and answer any questions you may have regarding your medications.

Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, or certain herbal medicines. You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery. You can discuss this with your surgeon.

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses. Check-in and Admission 
  • Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home. Do not plan to use taxis, UBER or other public transportation.
  • Caregiver: A responsible adult MUST stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required. If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department 951-698-4670 as soon as possible.
  • If applicable, bring in any EKGs, CT, Chest X-ray, or KUB films/CDs on your date of surgery.