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One Day Before Surgery

One Day Before Surgery

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The physicians and staff of 7STAR Hospital ask that each patient reviews the following items and contact the hospital with questions or concerns.

Do not smoke or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before your surgery.
Smoking, chewing tobacco or drinking may increase recovery time from anesthesia and may lengthen the healing process.

Pack any items that you will need during your hospital visit.
If you are staying at the hospital after your surgery, bring personal items such as a robe, slippers, pajamas and toiletries like toothpaste, toothbrush and hairbrush. Also, remember to bring additional clothing as you will be out of your hospital gown and back into your regular clothes as quickly as possible.

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Per your surgeon's instructions and our anesthesia guidelines, do not eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes water, mints, candy and gum. You may have clear liquids until 6 a.m. if surgery is scheduled for that afternoon. The only exception is if you have been directed by your physician to take some of your medications with a sip of water. If your mouth becomes very dry, you may swish water but you must spit it out. Oral care (brushing teeth) is permitted, but do not swallow any water. The pre-screening nurse will give you specific instructions in regard to this, as it may vary depending on the time of your surgery.

Remove fingernail and toenail polish (including clear).
The medical staff monitors your breathing during your procedure and watches that your nail beds remain pink, which means oxygen is circulating well throughout your body. You may have acrylic nails, but they must be without polish.

Wear glasses instead of contacts and bring a container for your glasses.
You cannot wear contacts while you are under anesthesia due to the risk of rubbing your eyes once you awaken. If you require an inpatient stay, you may use your contacts after you have settled in your room.

Remove body piercings.
All body piercings are to be removed prior to your procedure. We recommend leaving your valuables at home. This includes all jewelry, body piercings or electronic equipment (iPod, video games, etc.).

Shower with a special soap the night before and morning of your surgery.
Your surgeon should provide you with soap, a special nylon sponge and bathing directions. Lightly wash your entire body (from the neck down) with the special soap. If you have an allergy to CHG, you may substitute an antibacterial soap such as Dial. If the special soap is used and you develop signs of an allergy, discontinue use and contact your physician. The soap can be purchased at a drug store or local pharmacy if needed. Hair may be washed with regular shampoo.

Do not apply lotion after your shower or bath and do not use bath sprays.
Many lotions have chemicals that interfere with the killing action of the cleanser.

Do not shave around the operative area for 48 hours before surgery.
Small cuts in the skin may increase the risk of infection. Hospital staff may use clippers to remove hair as needed.

Gather post surgery adaptive equipment to bring to the hospital.
Our physical and occupational therapists will assess your need for adaptive equipment after your surgery. If you are bringing in your own equipment, please make sure it is thoroughly disinfected. Examples of these items include, but are not limited to: crutches, walker, leg lifter, sock assist device or reacher/grabber. If needed, you may also purchase these items at the hospital.

Preparing for Surgery
Information to have available for your pre-screening interview includes:

If a pre-operative physical is required by your surgeon (all inpatients will need one), please schedule this physical 10-14 days before your procedure, but no more than 14 days before your surgery. If this is not possible we ask that the physical be completed a minimum of 5 days before your surgery date.

Doctor's name(s), phone number(s) and the date of your last doctor visit, so the Pre-Admit nurse can obtain test results from their office if needed.

Any cardiopulmonary exams deemed necessary will need to be done at least five days before your surgery (if your primary care physician or anesthesiology requests this). Examples: Stress test, Echocardiogram, Pulmonary Function testing, or any heart, lung or kidney testing.

Aside from blood tests that are ordered from your doctor, you may be asked to provide a urine specimen for testing 5 to 7 days prior to surgery to make sure there is no infection. Urine specimens must be free from infection in order for you to be able to have your surgery as scheduled.

A complete list of your medications (including any supplements you take). We will need to know: name, dosage, how often you take each medication and the time of day that your medication is taken. Please use the original bottles to obtain this information.

Allergies/sensitivities and types of reactions.

Medical and surgical history (exact dates of your surgeries are not needed unless your surgery has been within the past year).

Problems you or your family members may have with anesthesia.

If you have ever been diagnosed with MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococcus) or C. Difficile.

Only take medications as directed by your surgeon and primary care physician.

Common medications that are sometimes directed to avoid are insulin or oral diabetic drugs, diuretics (water pills), tranquilizers, or pain medications. Aspirin, ibuprofen, diet medications and blood thinners are usually halted seven days prior to surgery. But we advise you to check with your physician and surgeon to get the appropriate list of medications you should discontinue before your surgery.

Bring all your medications in the original bottles including eye-drops, inhalers, and any herbals or supplements. This will help us verify that we have all of your medication information correct for your hospital stay.

Lightly wash your entire body (from the neck down) with a special CHG soap such as Exidine or Hibiclens according to your surgeon's directions. Your surgeon may provide you with the soap, a special nylon sponge and bathing instructions.
Do not wear makeup including eye makeup.

Bring a copy of your Advance Directive (if you have one) and you insurance card and photo ID.

Bring any needed personal items and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and good walking shoes.

Bring/wear appropriate clothing for your surgery:

  • Arm/wrist/shoulder surgery: all shirts must button up the front.
  • Hip and knee replacement: shorts, t-shirts, and athletic pants with the snaps on the side work very well. Bring three pairs of shorts and pants. You need slippers for sitting up in the chair and comfortable walking shoes to use during your physical therapy.
  • Knee and ankle surgery: athletic pants with the snaps of the side work very well or loose fitting pants and shorts that can slip over a bulky dressing.
  • Wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses and bring a container for your glasses.

    Bring your CPAP machine if you use one for sleep apnea. It is very common for patients with sleep apnea to spend the first post-operative night at the hospital. Even if you are not scheduled to stay overnight with us, please bring it with you. We will want to monitor your breathing using your normal equipment.

    Arrive at the hospital two hours before your surgery and check in at the front desk. However, patients scheduled for a 7 a.m. surgery should arrive at 5:30 a.m.

    During your hospitalization or at discharge, vaccines for influenza and pneumonia are available to eligible patients. You may also request to receive a Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccine (Tdap). The number of cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, has increased in recent years, even reaching epidemic levels in some states. It is recommended that adults receive the vaccine at any time of the year regardless of when the last tetanus vaccine was received. If you are interested in having these vaccinations during your hospital stay, please let us know and we will discuss with your physician to learn if you are eligible.

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