Preparing For Your Visit | Surgery Center Palo Alto
Preparing for Your Procedure
Before your procedure, we will call you to review your health history and medications. We will also give you pre-op instructions and tell you what time to arrive the day of your procedure. Here are a few additional tips to help you before, during and after your visit.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home from the Surgery Center Palo Alto. You will not be allowed to go home by yourself.
- Ask a friend or relative to stay with you through the night after your procedure.
- Tell your doctor about all medications you currently take. You may need to stop taking aspirin and other blood thinners several days before your procedure. Your doctor may suggest you stop taking other medicines the day before your surgery.
- If you have young children, arrange for childcare so you can rest when you get home.
The Day Before Your Procedure
- After midnight, do not eat any food or drink any liquids, including water. Do not chew gum. If you brush your teeth, it is very important to rinse your mouth and spit out.
The Day of Your Procedure
- Shower or take a bath to reduce the risk of infection.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You want to avoid clothes that put pressure on sensitive surgery sites when you go home.
- Wear flat, comfortable shoes.
- Leave jewelry and other valuables at home.
- Bring eyeglasses if you need them. Leave contact lenses at home. You should not wear them during your procedure.
- If your young child is having surgery, please make sure you bring a comforting toy or blanket.
- Bring photo identification, insurance cards, and payment for any co-pays or deductibles that may be due.
If you notice any change in your health, contact your physician or the Surgery Center Palo Alto right away. Report even minor changes such as a cold, a cough or a small rise in temperature.
Also, if you think you may be pregnant, please let us know in advance of your procedure.