Elective or not, many patients feel nervous before going under the knife. Dr. Brantner and his staff are here to answer your questions and discuss your concerns before cosmetic surgery. To ensure things run smoothly on Op Day, remember these pre-op instructions.
Patient Instructions for Day of Surgery
- Don’t eat anything solid after midnight the night before your surgery. Avoid colored liquids like broths.
- Do not drink anything for four hours pre-op.
- Ask your doctor about taking daily medications with small amounts of water the morning of your surgery. He may adjust your dosage.
- Let your doctor know if you’ve neglected any of his instructions, including eating before surgery or taking fish oil or ibuprofen in the two weeks before your operation. This could affect surgery, and your doctor may need to make adjustments or postpone surgery for your safety.
- You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery.
- Shower and wash your hair prior to surgery. Use gentle products that do not contain fragrance. Do not apply lotion or deodorant after your shower.
- Remove all nail polish, makeup, and jewelry, and removal aides like dentures, hearing aids, glasses or contact lenses, or partial plates.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
- Arrive at least 2 hours before your scheduled surgery.
- Bring a trusted adult to accompany you home after surgery. He or she may discuss post-op instructions with Dr. Brantner or one of his nurses.
- Family and friends are not permitted in patient areas. They may accompany you to the registration area and wait in the Family Waiting Area. Your surgeon will contact them when your procedure is done. (Parents or guardians may accompany their children into the surgical holding area. Please do not bring children to the Family Waiting Area, as the wait may be difficult).
For more information about what to do the day of surgery, contact Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or our partner facility, ETASC.