Before Your Procedure


These instructions are for your comfort and safety. It is very important to follow them carefully, so that your surgery will not be cancelled at the last minute for safety reasons.


You will need to have a "history and physical" completed no more than 30 days before the date of the scheduled surgery. Ask your surgeon if he or she is providing the physical or referring you to your family or primary care physician. Also, ask if you need to have any other medical workups such as laboratory tests, an EKG, medical clearances, etc. All of this imformation is due at the surgery center five (5) business days before your procedure. Not having these required evaluations could delay or cause your surgery to be rescheduled.


  • If you are taking NSAID products such as aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Excedrin), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxene (Aleve), call your surgeon and/or physician for further instruction.
  • Discontnue diet pills, herbal supplemenets, vitamin E or fish oil,  or Accutane for two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled procedure.
  • Medications which may prolong bleeding (anticoagulants) must be addressed with the surgeon and anesthesiologist.  Patients will not be asked to hold or discontinue these medications without approval from the prescribing doctor.  Patients taking Plavix and Aspirin for coronary stents must get permission from their cardiologist to stop these medications.
  • The following medications may be taken the morning of surgery with a sip of water unless otherwise directed by the surgeon or anesthesiologist.
    • Cardiovascular
    • Pulmonary
    • Asthma
    • Parkinson’s
    • Seizure
    • Gastrointestinal meds (PPIs, H2 blockers)
    • MAO Inhibitors should be brought to the attention to the anesthesiologist to be determined on an individual case by case basis.
  • Diabetics will be instructed individually based on the insulin/oral hypoglycemic need, the history of glucose control, the pre-operative glucose level, and the time of surgery.


Arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you home after your surgery, and to stay with you for 24 hours. You will not be allowed to drive home by yourself after receiving anesthesia.

A pre-op nurse will call before your procedure to complete a health questionnaire. It is important for you to discuss with the surgery center staff any allergies, latex sensitivities, or reactions to medication(s). Also, be prepared to discuss any information regarding anesthesia complications you or your family members may have had in the past such as difficulty with a breathing tube, high temperature following surgery, difficulty waking up from anesthesia, prolonged hospital stays or other complications.

IMPORTANT: Please inform the Pre-op nurse of any recent illness.  It is important we have a full understanding of your medical contition.  If there is any change in your physical condition before your procedure - even a scratchy throat - call your surgeon immediately.


A staff member will call you in the afternoon to confirm your appointment and inform you of the time to arrive at Summit. The arrival time is approximately one hour before your anticipated procedure start time. This added time in necessary to allow for registration, changing, anesthesia, nursing, and surgeon interview, etc.

For your safety, all jewelry and all types of body piercings must be removed.  No plastic spacers are allowed when the piercing is near an airway such as the nose, lip, or mouth.

Remove nail polish if you are having surgery on your hands, wrist, or feet.

For information about what you can eat or drink please refer to the Preoperative Nourishment Instructions in the Advanced Notification Packet or on our website.  Please note that each doctor may have their own preferences about what and when you can eat or drink prior to your procedure.

In consideration of all of our patients please be advised:

Cell phone and other electronic device use may be used with discretion in the patient care areas for both safety and privacy reasons.