Patient Resources

Before You Arrive

Do I need a physical or any special tests?

You will need a history & physical (H&P) completed by your primary doctor within 30 days of your procedure. As part of this physical exam, some blood tests, an EKG or a chest x-ray may be necessary. Your doctor's clinic will either send this to the hospital or surgery center or give you a copy to bring with you.

When should I stop eating?

Carefully follow the directions provided by the facility where you are having your procedure.  If you have any questions about when you should stop eating or drinking, please contact the facility where you are having your procedure or your surgeon's office.

What if I have nail polish or body piercings?

Please remove all nail polish and any jewelry or body piercings prior to arriving.

What if I can't get my wedding ring off?

In some cases, we can put tape around your wedding ring to keep it safe. If you are unable to remove your ring, your anesthesiologist will discuss options.

What if I am planning on going home after my procedure?

You will need someone to drive you home or accompany you if public transportation is used. You will also need a responsible person (age 16 or older) to stay with you overnight. This is to make sure you are safe during your early recovery period.

Can I brush my teeth the morning of surgery?

Yes. You may brush your teeth and swish with a small amount of water to rinse.

Can I smoke before I come in?

You should refrain from smoking for at least 24 hrs before your procedure. In general, smokers have a higher incidence of airway complications than non-smokers. In the interest of your health, AAPA strongly encourages you to work with your primary doctor to quit smoking.

Should I take my medications the morning of surgery?

Please discuss this with your doctor during your pre-op visit. If your doctor wants you to take your medications, you may take them the morning of surgery with a small amount of water.

What if I'm taking diet medications that contain Phentermine?

Phentermine should be discontinued 7 days prior to surgery. Please tell your Anesthesiologist if you are taking this medication.

What if I'm on blood thinners or medications to prevent a blood clot?

During your pre-operative visit, please have your doctor instruct you on how to take your blood thinners before and after surgery.

What if I don't feel well or there are new symptoms that have developed since I saw my family doctor or surgeon?

If you are experiencing a fever, cold symptoms, sore throat, or chest pain contact your primary physician to discuss whether or not you can have your surgery.