Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take my usual daily medication?
Please follow the preoperative instruction given by your physician prior to surgery.  If instructed to do so, we request that you take your medication before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your sugar at the Center. You should be contacted before your surgery leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take. Please bring all your medications with you.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.

Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly blood thinners. You should bring these medications with you the day of surgery. Please call us with any questions you may have.

May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?
You are welcome to bring family or friends with you to the center.  We will do our best to accommodate whom we can but can only allow one person at a time with you to the preoperative and recovery areas. That person will be allowed to be in your room with you before surgery and may sit with you after the surgery if you so choose.

When a patient is a child two parents and/or guardians will be allowed to accompany him or her through the process with the exception of the operating room.

Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests if possible.

Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?

We will individualize each patient’s care.