Preparing for Surgery

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How to Prepare for Operations at Titusville Area Hospital

Planning for a surgery is an important step you can take to make the experience easier. Having a full scope of your medical history will be a major asset to the surgeons, physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals that may be involved in your care. Every surgery is different, and there may be dietary restrictions and medications you need to adhere to for your safety. Be sure to discuss the specific preparation your operation requires with your doctor.

Pre-Surgery Checklist

Make sure you address the following items before your surgery. These steps apply to virtually any surgical operation you may be anticipating.

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight the day before the surgery. This includes water, gum, and hard candy. Small sips of water are okay if you have to take medication, but be sure to mention it to your doctor.
  • Do not smoke the night before your surgery.
  • Discuss what medications you can and cannot take while waiting for the date of the surgery.
  • Leave rings, body piercing jewelry, and other items at home.
  • Do not wear makeup and remove nail polish.
  • Do not use hairspray or cologne.
  • Do not shave in the area that will be operated on for 72 hours before the surgery.
  • Do not use hair removal products such as Nair.
  • Let your doctor know if you have recently been cut or bruised, as the operation may need to be delayed.
  • Make plans to have someone take you to and from the hospital. Anesthesia makes it dangerous to drive for 24 hours, and your surgery may be cancelled if you have no way to return home.
  • Make sure you have your health insurance card and a photo ID.
  • Be prepared to remove contacts, dentures, glasses, and hearing aids.
  • If you use a breathing machine, bring it with you.

Testing before Surgery

To ensure we have the most up-to-date information on your overall health, the doctor may schedule a few tests. These could include blood tests, X-rays, EKGs, and other relevant screenings. These are not always required, but when they are it is important to have them done. Otherwise, your surgery could be delayed; proceeding without all relevant information would not be safe.

For more information on surgery at Titusville Area Hospital, review our pages for the post-anesthesia care unit. You can also call us at 814-827-1851.

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