The following instructions and information will help you prepare yourself and ensure that your surgical procedure goes smoothly.
All medications for your blood pressure should be taken at their regularly scheduled time and dose with a small sip of water only.
All regularly scheduled medications should be taken with a small sip of water (if applicable). If you have a rescue inhaler, you will need to take two puffs prior to the procedure. Please bring your inhaler to the surgery.
No insulin should be administered the morning of surgery. Low blood sugar while you are asleep is very dangerous and should be avoided. Only half of the normal dose of insulin should be administered the night before surgery. Please check your blood sugar the morning of surgery and remember to bring your glucometer to the surgery appointment
If you have been given premedication for your heart or artificial joints, please take it one hour prior to the surgery with small sips of water only.
If you prefer to be relaxed, but not asleep, your doctor will give you a prescription for anti-anxiety medication. Please take the first dose two hours prior to the surgery with a small amount of clear water only. After one hour, take the second dose if the first dose has not taken effect. The medication should make you relaxed and drowsy. If the first dose has a profound effect, DO NOT TAKE THE SECOND DOSE.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE ACCOMPANIED TO THE CLINIC BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT. You will be unable to drive to and from the office. Furthermore, you should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience. Your companion must be present with you at the time of the procedure and be available immediately afterwards. The medication has a very strong amnestic effect and frequently, patients do not remember going home; thus taking a cab or bus is NOT permitted.
For this type of anesthesia, you will only be relaxed, but not fully asleep. Therefore, a light meal prior to the surgery is permitted. Additionally, you should take all your medication on your routine schedule.