Pre-op Instructions

The Nurse Coordinator will inform you of the date, time, and location of your surgery.  He or she may ask that you visit:

The Diagnostics Center for laboratory and radiology studies that may include blood work, a chest X-ray, an electrocardiogram (EKG), and other studies as indicated.

Pre-Surgical Screening where a nurse will assemble your surgery chart and give you pre-op instructions, and a member of the Anesthesiology team will visit with you regarding your surgery.

It is recommended that you visit Pre-Surgical Screening to eliminate possible delays the day of your surgery.

Pre-Surgical Screening will advise you regarding all medications. 

  • Over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and herbal products should be stopped 7 to 10 days before surgery.

  •  Prescribed medications, such as Coumadin, Plavix, Pletal, Heparin, Lovenox, or any blood-thinning medication, should be reviewed with your surgeon and Pre-Surgical Screening as soon as possible after your procedure is scheduled.
  • Anti-inflammatories, arthritis medications, blood thinners, medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen, and all other medications should be specifically discussed with Pre-Surgical Screening. Tylenol or products containing acetaminophen may be taken for pain or headache.

Pre-Surgical Screening Contact Information
552-2493 or 800-552-8802
8:00 A.M. - 7:30 P.M.

48 hours before your surgery:
Discontinue consumption of all alcohol.

24 hours before your surgery: Pre-Surgical Screening may ask that you discontinue use of all tobacco products.  They may also ask that you avoid fatty, greasy, and fried foods. 

The night before your surgery: Unless instructed otherwise, eat a light evening meal.  Do not eat or drink anything after midnight unless instructed otherwise by Pre-Surgical Screening or your physician.

The night before or the morning of your surgery: Take a bath or shower using an antibacterial soap.  Shampoo your hair, but do not use conditioner, gel, hair spray, etc.  Do not wear make-up or nail polish.

Every patient should bring the following items to the hospital:
Driver's license
Insurance card

An in-patient should also bring the following items to the hospital:
Personal grooming items (toothbrush, denture cup [if needed], comb, brush, etc.)

Do NOT bring the following items to the hospital:

PLEASE NOTE: Patients undergoing outpatient procedures must make arrangements for someone to drive them home and stay with them for 24 hours.

If you have questions that are not answered on this page, please contact your clinical case manager at 402-559-4292.

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