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Patient Instructions:

Prior to your anesthesia:

  • Do not eat anything for at least 8 hours prior to your surgery unless instructed otherwise.

  • Do not drink anything at least 6 hours prior to your surgery.  Do not use mints or hard candy. 

  • Take AM medications in the morning prior to your surgery and with only a sip of water. Also take blood pressure medications as usual.

  • If you have asthma or COPD and use an inhaler, please bring it to your appointment.

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up. 

  • Do not wear jewelry, contact lenses, or makeup to your appointment.

  • Do not smoke for 24 hours prior to your procedure.

  • If you feel sick, have a fever over 100F degrees, or have a cough with a sore throat (signs of infection), please contact the office as soon as possible to reschedule.

  • If you have a history of heart disease (high blood pressure, heart surgery, catheterization or stent, abnormal rhythm or pacemaker)  or lung disease (COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, sleep apnea), please see your cardiologist or pulmonologist for clearance and disease optimization.   


After your anesthesia:

  • Please arrange for a ride home.  A dependable adult must accompany you for 8 hours after your procedure.  Do not drive for 24 hours. 

  • The patient may begin to have ice chips or popsicles as soon as they are awake.  Add light foods as tolerated and return to a normal diet unless instructed otherwise.

  • Call your healthcare provider if the following symptoms occur: uncontrolled bleeding, swelling, fever of 100 degrees F, nausea/vomiting that lasts more than 24 hours, rash or flushed skin that increases over time. 

  • Call 911 if the patient becomes unresponsive, has chest pain, or has trouble breathing.

  • Please be advised: Anesthesia cannot be provided safely without following these instructions - please read them and follow them closely.  Your procedure may be delayed or canceled if you eat (8 hours), drink (6 hours) or do not follow the other instructions provided.

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