Preparing for Your Procedure

Our care teams will guide you through your surgical experience, providing you with information that helps you understand what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. We will answer all of your questions and explain how to manage risk factors prior to surgery. Though exact guidelines depend on your specific procedure and condition, the following notes will help prepare you for your upcoming surgery. You can also download our patient guide.

Before the Procedure

In the weeks leading up to your procedure, your doctor may emphasize the following:

  • Healthy habits: Eliminate tobacco and alcohol use leading up to your procedure. Eat a healthy diet, and take precautions to avoid catching a cold.
  • Changes in health: Differences in your physical health should be reported to someone on our care team ahead of your scheduled surgery.
  • Medication schedule: Follow any instructions your doctor gives you regarding when and how you take your regular medication.
  • Preoperative testing: Complete any preoperative tests ordered by your doctor to ensure your surgical procedure occurs on schedule.

In the days leading up to your procedure, your doctor may emphasize the following:

  • Abstain from food and drink: Do not consume any food or liquids after midnight the night before your procedure, except for sips of water to take medication.
  • List your medications: Prepare a complete list of all medications you are taking, including the last dose taken and the name of your pharmacy. Include prescribed medication, over-the-counter medicine, and supplements.
  • Consider allergies: Inform your care team of any known allergies, including reactions to latex and contrast dyes used in X-ray testing.
  • Arrange for transportation: A friend or family member must accompany you on the day of your procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to your surgical procedure, contact someone on your care team. Learn more about treatment options offered at Bayhealth.

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