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Special Instructions

 

Anesthetics suspend your body’s normal reflexes so that its automatic defenses may not be working. One important automatic defense that is affected is protecting your lungs from anything that might come up from the stomach. Therefore with most procedures it necessary for you to have an empty stomach so that the chances of regurgitating anything is greatly reduced. This is why you are told not to eat or drink anything several hours prior to surgery. Please refer to the specific instructions you have been given by your surgeon or anesthesiologists. You may also refer to our NPO guidelines . Necessary medications may be taken on the morning of surgery with a sip of water.

Please be certain that your anesthesiologist is aware of any special dental appliances, caps or partial bridges that you may have. Dentures and contact lenses must be removed prior to surgery and can usually be replaced shortly after your arrival in the recovery room. Please advise your doctor pre-operatively if you have any loose, damaged or diseased teeth.

Although nail polish, make-up and acrylic nails are acceptable, you should be aware that these are not recommended since they may interfere with your anesthesiologist’s ability to best observe any changes in your condition during surgery.

Long hair can be braided or pulled back so it doesn't interfere with attaching monitors and providing care while you are asleep.

All jewelry, including rings, should be removed and left at home. If a ring cannot be removed, let your nurses know when you arrive. No alcohol should be consumed 24 hours prior or after your surgical experience. Cigarette smoking should be stopped or significantly curtailed one week prior to your operation. Also, any symptoms of a cold or upper respiratory tract infection should be reported to your anesthesiologist.

Inherited Diseases:
Lastly, please be sure to advise your anesthesiologist if you or any blood relatives have any history of Sickle Cell Disease or difficulties during anesthesia, particularly Malignant Hyperthermia or problems involving muscle relaxants. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies that you may have.