Preparation for Surgery
You will receive a phone call the day
before your procedure and be given an arrival time for surgery. Please
make sure to supply us with a working phone number where you may be
Do not eat or drink any food or liquid after midnight
the night before your surgery, unless given specific directions
otherwise. A nurse will tell you which medications to take, if any, with
a small sip of water. Failure to follow eating and drinking
restrictions could increase the risk of complications and lead to
cancellation of your surgery.
To reduce bacteria on your skin:
- Bathe or shower before arriving.
- Do not apply lotion or hair spray.
- Do not shave your surgical site at home prior to surgery, unless instructed to do so.
Do not wear makeup, jewelry (including body piercings), watches,
earrings, or rings. If you refuse to remove body piercings, there is a
possibility your surgery may be cancelled.
- Wear loose comfortable clothes.
If you were required to do a bowel prep and you still have dark or
formed stool, please call us at (850) 718-2554 or (850) 718-2540.
You will be required to have someone over the age of 18 with you on
your day of surgery. This person is to remain during the procedure. You
must arrange to have someone drive you home after surgery.
- You are advised to have someone stay with you at home for 24 hours after surgery.
Special Instructions for Children
Children preparing for surgery require special attention. Parents
should be aware of dietary restrictions and make sure children follow
them exactly, especially the morning of surgery.
- Patients under
the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on the
day of surgery or for any required pre-admissions during the surgical
process. A legal guardian of a child having surgery must present a copy
of your power of attorney or legal guardianship.
- It is reassuring for children to have a favorite small toy or familiar item from home with them.
In Case of Cancellation
If you develop a cold, fever, persistent
cough, infection, and/or become ill within 48 hours of your surgery or
need to cancel for any reason, call your surgeon or the Surgery
department at (850)718-2554 or (850)718-2540.