Before Surgery

One to Two Weeks Before Surgery

Do not take any herbal or dietary supplements two weeks prior to surgery, and stop taking anti-inflammatory medicines including aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin), and naproxen (Aleve). These medicines can make it harder for your blood to clot. You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain. Tell your surgeon or nurse practitioner if you are taking a blood thinner.

Make arrangements to have help at home while you are recovering from the surgery.

Day Before Surgery

Call the Scheduling Desk between 4:00PM and 5:00PM the day before your surgery to find out what time you should arrive. The phone number for the Scheduling Desk is 806.775.8615 or 1.888.202.4666.

Your arrival time will be one to two hours before your scheduled surgery time. Please be aware that due to emergencies or lengthy surgeries, there may be a delay causing your surgery to go later than expected.

Do not wear or use: lotions, creams, mouthwash, lip balm, hairspray, mousse, gel, nail polish, cologne, body spray, or other products that are alcohol or petroleum based on the day of surgery. Bathe and shampoo hair the night before surgery.

DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT ON THE NIGHT BEFORE SURGERY.
(NO WATER, FOOD, CANDY OR CHEWING GUM -- NOTHING!)

If you expect to go home the same day as your surgery, make arrangements for someone to drive you home after surgery.

Day of Surgery

Arrive at the scheduled time. Follow any other special instructions that your surgeon or nurse practitioner gives you.

If you have any concerns prior to the day of surgery please call 806.775.8600.

Postoperative Clinic Appointment:
You will be seen in the clinic one to two weeks after your surgery. A nurse practitioner or resident physician may see you instead of your surgeon.

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