"Man never made any material as resilient
as the human spirit."
-- by Bernard Williams
Routine Surgery Instructions
Avoid taking aspirin or aspirin
derivatives (i.e. Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn, and anti-inflammatory
at least 48 hours prior to surgery or preferably one week prior to surgery
with physician’s approval. Tylenol may be used for pain. You may take
routine medications according to usual with only sips of water if approved
by the physician. If you are diabetic or take heart medications, please make
sure the staff and doctor are aware of this.
Make sure to have laboratory tests done in
the specified time period prior to surgery. You will need to set up a
pre-operative appointment at the facility to discuss financial payment,
arrival time, and pre-operative tests such as lab work, x-rays, EKG, etc.
The facility at which you are scheduled to have your procedure will contact
you regarding the time at which you should arrive for preoperative
evaluation by the anesthesiologist and any other associated preoperative
You should have nothing by mouth after
midnight the day before your surgery. However, if the planned procedure is
not scheduled until late in the day, you may be allowed to eat light items
up until 8 hours before surgery (you should always check with the nurse or
doctor for your particular case). Accidentally ingesting food or water will
cause delays in your surgery. If you are pregnant or diabetic, make sure the
staff knows so that they may schedule accordingly.
For your convenience, we recommend filling
the prescribed medications prior to your surgery date. Remember, do not eat
anything after midnight, despite pharmacy instructions!
- For breast biopsies we recommend taking a compression bra
(i.e. sports bra) with you to the office or facility to wear after your
procedure. This helps with inflammation post procedure.
- For colonoscopies a preparation kit will be given. This
requires you to obtain a prescription medication to evacuate the colon the
day prior to the exam. Several different kits can be prescribed according to
patient needs. We ask that you maintain a clear liquid diet the day before the exam. An
example of a clear liquid diet will be given to you at your consultation
along with your prescription for a bowel preparation kit. The kit is usually
started around noon the day before your procedure and requires that you be
home preferably for the remainder of the day in order to have access to a
restroom at all times. As instructed above, you should have nothing to eat
or drink after midnight until after your exam is complete.
Inguinal Hernia Repairs
- We recommend a jockstrap for male patients following
inguinal hernia repairs to help reduce testicular swelling, a normal
post-operative occurrence. These can be purchased at any local sporting
goods store. Please take this with you to the surgical facility.
*Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick,
spreading illness, and post-surgical site infections. Hand washing requires only soap and water or an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer — a cleanser that doesn't require water. Find out when and how to
wash your hands properly.
As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate
germs on your hands. In turn, you can infect yourself with these germs by
touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Although it's impossible to keep your hands
germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of
bacteria, viruses and other microbes.
Always wash your hands before treating wounds, this can decrease your risk of
acquiring a post-surgical site infection.
Always wash your hands after:
- Preparing food, especially raw meat or poultry
- Using the toilet
- Changing a diaper
- Touching an animal or animal toys, leashes or waste
- Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands
- Treating wounds
- Touching a sick or injured person
- Handling garbage or something that could be contaminated, such as a
cleaning cloth or soiled shoes
Of course, it's also important to wash your hands whenever they look dirty.
How to wash your hands
It's generally best to wash your hands with soap and water. Follow these
- Wet your hands with running water.
- Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
- Lather well.
- Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all
surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers
and under your fingernails.
- Rinse well.
- Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.
- If possible, use your towel to turn off the faucet.
Keep in mind that antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs
than is regular soap. Using antibacterial soap may even lead to the development
of bacteria that are resistant to the product's antimicrobial agents — making it
harder to kill these germs in the future.
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