Prior to your surgery:
- If you develop a sore throat, fever, or active infection, contact your physician as soon as possible.
- Plan for transportation home after surgery. A family member or friend must accompany you upon discharge and stay with you for 24 hours.
- Do not take aspirin, warfarin/coumadin, or Plavix, for one week prior to surgery unless you receive other instructions from your doctor.
- Do not eat or drink after midnight the evening before your surgery.
- Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery.
Day of surgery:
- The morning of your surgery you should follow the directions for taking only those medications directed by your physician with a small sip of water.
- Diabetic patients should measure their blood sugar. Use one half the usual dose of long acting insulin; do not give yourself regular insulin.
- Wear loose clothing.
- Leave valuables at home.
- Please bring your glasses, hearing aids and dentures.
- Bring all insurance cards and your driver’s license.
- Please arrive one hour before your scheduled surgery.
- Your family will be asked to wait in the front lobby. They will be responsible for driving you home.
Recovery after ambulatory surgery:
- Before you leave Sound Urological Associates, you will be given written instructions for your care at home.
- After returning home, be sure to follow your physician’s orders regarding diet, rest, medication and activity. Unless directed otherwise, you should begin your diet with clear liquids. It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, light-headed or dizzy for several hours after your surgery.
- Do not sign important papers or make significant decisions for at least 24 hours.
- Do not drive a vehicle, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery or cook for 24 hours after surgery.
- If you have any questions or problems after surgery, please contact your doctor.