Pre-Op Care

In preparation for your upcoming surgery, your surgeon and team will discuss important care items to help assure that your surgical procedure is successful. Surgery can be a stress to your immune system and it will be important to optimize your health in the weeks before and after your surgery.

  • Optimize your pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes as well as your nutritional status
  • Attempt to avoid use of nicotine
  • Take medications as recommended by your surgeon. If there are questions, call your surgeon
  • Limit intake of alcohol
  • You’ll be be given Hibiclens soap, an antibacterial soap solution to use on your operative site prior to the surgery to help reduce the bacteria count on your operative site
  • You will not be allowed to eat or drink after midnight the evening prior to your surgery
  • If you are taking an NSAID, you will need to stop using it 1 week prior to surgery. This would also include the use of Aspirin
  • You will need a preoperative clearance physical examination. It has to be within 30 days of your procedure
  • Do not shave the operative site, as your surgical team will do this just before your procedure and will use special surgical clippers

See Also

In addition to our procedure-specific recommendations for this surgery, be sure to read the following articles from the General Care section of our site: