Surgical Frequently Asked Questions
- Why can’t I eat or drink after midnight before my surgery?
- Why can’t I drive myself home after surgery?
- Why do I have to remove jewelry and body piercings?
- Will I have pain after surgery?
- What can I do to make my surgical interview visit go smoothly?
- What can I do to make my day of surgery go smoothly?
Question 1: Why can’t I eat or drink after midnight before my surgery?
Answer: Your stomach must be empty to prevent vomiting. If you vomit during surgery it could go into your lungs. Nothing by mouth means no mints/candy/gum, and nothing to drink or eat. If you eat or drink, your surgery may be postponed or canceled.
Question 2: Why can’t I drive myself home after surgery?
Answer: The medications you receive will make you sleepy and it will be unsafe to drive.
Question 3: Why do I have to remove jewelry and body piercings?
Answer: Jewelry and body piercings increase your risk of burns from surgical equipment.
Question 4: Will I have pain after surgery?
Answer: Yes, probably. We will give you medication to help control your pain. And your surgeon will order medications for you when you go home as well.
Question 5: What can I do to make my surgical interview visit go smoothly?
- Bring all of your paperwork from your doctor.
- Bring a copy of an EKG or chest X-ray done within the past six months (unless done at Gwinnett Medical/Joan Glancy/Glancy Outpatient) or we may need to repeat them.
- If you have been seeing a doctor to get a clearance letter for surgery, bring a copy of that letter.
- We suggest you make arrangements for childcare.
- Bring all of your prescriptions and herbals/supplements, or a detailed list that includes the dosage, name, strength and frequency of all of your medicines.
- Please arrive early in case you need to fill out paperwork.
- Bring the names and phone numbers for your doctor(s) and pharmacy.
Question 6: What can I do to make my day of surgery go smoothly?
- Arrange for childcare.
- Get crutches or a walker if you will need them after surgery.
- Leave all of your valuables and jewelry at home.
- You must have someone to drive you home or the number of someone who will drive you home.
- Review your instruction sheet and arrive on time.
- If your health permits, drink extra fluids until midnight the night before surgery.
- Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and flat shoes.
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