Preparing for Surgery
- A Registered Nurse will call you 2 to 7 days before your surgery to confirm your time of your surgery, give you instructions, go over your health history, and tell you what medication to take and to answer any questions you may have. If you miss our call the registered nurse can be reached at 496-8934 between the hours of 730 am to 330 pm. You can also leave a message to let her know what number and time is the best to reach you. It is imperative that we speak with you prior to the day of surgery due to federal requirements. If we do not speak with you, your surgery may need to be postponed.
- Call your surgeon if you have questions about or any changes in your health. You should call even if you have just a scratchy throat.
- Ask your surgeon when and if you should stop taking any aspirin, ibuprofen products or any blood thinners.
- Tests should be done at least by 3 to 10 days prior to your surgery; this will allow your surgeon and the anesthesiologist to go over your results. VBASC does not perform testing.
For Your Safety the following instructions MUST be followed or your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
- Adults may have solid foods until midnight the day before surgery. Avoid any heavy, greasy or fatty foods the day before your surgery.
- After midnight you MAY NOT have any food, milk products of any kind, gum or mints. DO NOT drink any liquids that have any pulp, such as orange, grapefruit or tomato juice.
- You MAY have clear liquids up until 3 hours prior to your surgery such as water, 7-up, ginger ale, black coffee or tea.
- You MUST have a responsible adult with you to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after surgery. Please make these arrangements prior to coming to surgery. If you do not have a ride home or a responsible adult to take care of you for 24 hours after surgery your surgery may be cancelled. This is for your protection and safety. We encourage your caregiver to remain in the building so they may speak with the doctor after surgery.