Preparing For Your Surgery or Procedure
- Check with your doctor about the medicines you are taking.
- Your surgeon will instruct you when to stop taking your medications, which include prescriptions, vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements. You may receive special instructions for blood thinner, blood pressure, and diabetes medication.
- Take ONLY the medications you are instructed to take, with a sip of water, on the day of your surgery or procedure.
- Bring your medications list.
- Do not eat or drink anything within 8 hours of your surgery or procedure. This includes coffee, water, hard candy, and chewing gum, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You need to have an empty stomach in order to be sedated safely.
- For your safety, please tell someone if you have had something to eat or drink.
- Drink plenty of fluids before midnight the night before to make sure you are hydrated. If you are on dialysis, have congestive heart failure, or other medical conditions that restrict your fluid intake, please do not increase fluid intake.
- Take a shower using soap the evening before your surgery. Dress in clean pajamas and sleep in clean bed linens. Your surgeon may have more detailed instructions. Please follow your surgeon's instructions.
- Do not shave the site of your incision before surgery. This is for your safety and helps prevent infection at the site of surgery. If hair removal is needed, the surgical team will clip the hair immediately before the surgery.
- Included in this packet is a copy of some frequently asked questions about surgical site infections. This information is provided so you can be well informed and help you to prevent developing a surgical site infection.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol for 24 hours before or after your surgery/procedure.
- Arrange for someone to take you home after your surgery or procedure and hospital stay.
- NOTE: You may NOT go home alone in a taxi or on public transportation. You must have a responsible adult with you when you leave the hospital. If you do not, your surgery may be canceled.
- Arrange for someone to stay with you at home at least on the night of your discharge from the hospital, and longer if instructed or recommended by your surgeon. If you have children in your care, arrange babysitting for at least 24 hours after your return home.
Call your surgeon immediately if:
- There are any changes in your health condition, such as a cold, flu or fever.
- You have recently had an infection.
- You are pregnant or may be pregnant.
For changes in your health condition on the day of surgery call:
- Summit Campus: 510-869-6531
- Alta Bates Campus: 510-204-1520