What if I start feeling sick before my procedure?
Please notify your doctor if you develop any sign of illness before your procedure date. Report symptoms such as: high fever, sore throat, or other infection, breathing difficulties or chest pain.
What should I bring on the day of my procedure?
Please bring your insurance card(s) and driver’s license. Please keep in mind that Living Wills and Advanced Directives are not honored at our facility. Please read about your Rights and Responsibilities as a patient.
Can I drive myself to and from my appointment?
NO, please arrange for someone to drive you home. This is for your safety. A RESPONSIBLE ADULT must be present to accompany you home when you are ready to leave. We strongly recommend that you do not operate machinery or drive for 24 hours and that you have an adult at home with you for 24 hours after your procedure as you may experience numbness or weakness.
What should I wear to my procedure?
Wear loose fitting clothing, a button down blouse/shirt is preferred. A gown will be provided when you arrive. It may be a good idea for you and your ride to bring a sweater for comfort. If you wear glasses or contacts, please bring a case for their safe keeping.
How should I prepare myself on the day of the procedure?
Please bathe, brush your teeth, and gargle on the morning of your procedure. Please avoid makeup, perfume, and cologne. Leave all valuables and jewelry at home. Please avoid smoking prior to surgery.
Can I take my medications before my procedure?
You may take your medications as normal with the following exceptions:
- STOP taking anti-coagulants 10 days prior to your procedure (such as Aspirin, Coumadin, Warfarin, Plavix, Lovenox, Ticlid, Aggrenox, Persantine, and Excedrin) or as instructed by your physician.
- STOP taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) 5 days prior to your procedure (such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, Anaprox, Naproxen, Advil, Bextra, and Nuprin) or as instructed by your physician.
- You may take Celebrex, Tylenol, and all other pain medications as prescribed.
- IF YOU ARE DIABETIC and your procedure is between 8 a.m. and Noon, DO NOT take insulin or oral diabetic medications!! Be sure to check your blood glucose level before your scheduled procedure. If your procedure is scheduled for the afternoon, take your insulin or oral diabetic medication with a light breakfast and check your blood glucose before your scheduled procedure. IF YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL IS HIGHER THAN 200 MG, CONTACT OUR OFFICE.
Can I eat and/or drink before my procedure?
Do not eat anything after midnight or 7-8 hours prior to your procedure (i.e. if your procedure is in the afternoon you can eat a light breakfast 7-8 hours prior). You may drink water up to 4 hours prior to your procedure. Do not chew or eat gum, candy, or mints prior to your procedure.