Pre-Op Instructions

General Instructions for Surgery

  • No food or water may be taken after midnight of the night before surgery.
  • Medications – stay on all routine medications – except for aspirin, which cannot be taken for 10 days prior to surgery. Remove other anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil and Ibuprofen. If you are on Coumadin, this will need to be stopped or you may be changed to another medication, please check with your prescribing physician. Notify the physician of medications you are taking pertaining to blood pressure, diabetes, or any heart or lung problems.
  • The standard laboratory tests are a blood count and also bleeding studies.
  • Chest x-rays are also obtained if you are a smoker or as determined by your physician.
  • An EKG is also determined by your medical condition or if you are over 40 years of age and have not had one in the last year.
  • Anesthesia will call the day before surgery with instructions. They will tell you what time to arrive and at which operating center to go, whether it is inpatient or outpatient. They will also let you know on eating and drinking if the patient is less than 2 years old and may need more frequent feedings.

If you have other questions, please call (402) 559-5208 and talk to Surgery Scheduling - extension 3.