1. Do not eat or drink ANYTHING for 8 hours prior to your appointment (except a SMALL SIP of water to take prescription medications).
2. You must have a responsible adult (who will remain onsite during your procedure) to drive you to and from your appointment. We recommend that the individual who brings you to your appointment stay with you until the day after your procedure, as it can take up to 24 hours for the anesthesia administered during your procedure to fade from your system entirely.
3. If the patient is a minor, they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
4. Remove all jewelry, watches and leave cell phones and personal belongings with your driver or in your vehicle.
5. Do not wear fingernail polish or acrylic nails.
6. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing and flat soled shoes. Make sure your sleeves can easily be rolled up above your elbow. Short sleeves are preferred.
7. If asthmatic, please bring your inhaler to appointment.
8. Refrain from driving motor vehicles, operating machinery or making important legal or financial decisions until the day after your surgery.
9. To help ensure a smooth recovery at home, we recommend preparing a 3 day supply of cool, soft and easy-to-chew foods in advance of your surgery. Examples include yogurt, applesauce, pudding, milkshakes/smoothies, or ensure. Tomato soup, other broths or mashed potatoes at room temperature are acceptable as well. Generally, you can return to your normal diet about a week after surgery, or when you feel ready.
Please check-in 30 minutes PRIOR to your scheduled appointment time. This allows time for you to complete payment and for a member of the surgical team to escort you to the surgical suite to prepare you for surgery.
For Patients Undergoing Intravenous or General Anesthesia:
For Patients Undergoing Oral Conscious Sedation (Valium, Xanax, etc):
1. Be sure to take the medication prescribed to you by your surgeon at the prescribed time.
2. You must have a responsible adult (who will remain onsite during your procedure) to drive you to and from your appointment. Ensure the person who takes you to your appointment assists you in navigating stairs or any uneven walking surfaces.
3. Refrain from driving motor vehicles, operating machinery or making important legal or financial decisions until the following day.
Other General Instructions:
1. If you are taking a blood thinner such as Coumadin, Warfarin or Plavix and have been advised by your surgeon to stop taking these medications, you should notify the prescribing physician before stopping.
2. As directed by your surgeon or physician, you should take all prescription medications (especially for high blood pressure and/or thyroid disorders) when you normally do with a small sip of water.
3. You must notify our office at least 7 days before your appointment if there has been any change in your medical history, medication regimen or if there is any possibility of pregnancy.
4. If you are sick (or have been within 7 days of your appointment) with any cold, cough, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify our office.
5. Please notify us if you are taking any of the following medications: Fosamax, Boniva, Aredia, Actonel, Zometa, Xgeva, or any other bisphosphates.
Cancellation Policy: We have reserved time and space for you on our schedule for a given day. We ask that if you need to cancel or reschedule your surgical appointment, please do so at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment time, as a courtesy to our office, and to avoid a $200.00 cancellation fee.