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Prior to Day Surgery

Prior to Day Surgery

Preparing for Your St. Mary's Surgicare Procedure

How do you prepare for your Surgicare procedure?

Please read the following instructions carefully prior to your scheduled surgery at St. Mary's Surgicare.

  • You will receive a phone call from a St. Mary's Surgicare nurse prior to your surgical procedure.  At this time you will be asked for medical and surgical histories, current medication, allergies, and other pertinent information related to your procedure.
  • An adult must accompany you and remain at Surgicare until discharged.
  • If your condition changes before surgery, notify your doctor or Surgicare.  This may include catching a cold, flu, dental work, draining wounds or any other change in health, such as elevated temperature.
  • LATEX allergies must be reported to your physician or Surgicare prior to your procedure.
  • Bring all insurance information, which includes your insurance cards and forms.  You must also bring a photo ID.
  • Be sure to arrive at least one (1) hour before the scheduled surgery.  This allows time for routine preoperative preparations.  Some surgeons require you to arrive one and a half to two hours prior.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave all jewelry and valuables at home.  Storage for clothing will be provided. 
  • Do not wear any makeup or nail polish.
  • You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water. 
  • A shower or bath should be taken the day of surgery or the evening before.

DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED PROCEDURE, UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY YOUR PHYSICIAN.

Maintenance Medications

Take your daily maintenance medications such as blood pressure (except those that are Ace inhibitors or receptor blockers), heart, respiratory, anxiety at their regular scheduled times with a sip of water.  If you are unsure about taking your medication call Surgicare at (812) 475-1000 for the Professional Building and (812) 475-1800 for Cross Pointe and ask to speak to a Pre-Op nurse.

Diabetics

Do not take your diabetes medications the day of surgery if you have been instructed not to eat.  Your blood sugar will be checked upon admission.  Insulin dependent diabetics should bring their home insulin with them.

Inhalers

Bring respiratory inhalers with you.  You may use your inhaler prior to your procedure as you would normally.

Blood Thinners

If you are on any of the following blood thinning medications, please call your physician for instructions to discontinue these medications.  Sometimes lab studies for blood clotting times are required two hours prior to a procedure.

  • Coumadin
  • Plavix
  • Heparin
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Excedrin
  • Arthritis and/or Anti-inflammatory Medications
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