A surgical procedure has been scheduled for you or someone close to you. The surgical experience requires pre-planning to help ensure the surgery proceeds as scheduled. Please utilize this checklist to help you with your before-surgery preparation. By following this checklist, our goal is to have you as relaxed and ready for surgery as possible.
- Have any testing done that your surgeon may have ordered including blood tests, x-rays or EKG.
- Registration will contact patients to pre-register them if possible.
- Call the pre-surgical testing team at 574.335.1114 Monday through Friday 8 am to 6 pm to complete your profile. Please have the following information available when you call:
• The names of your current medications, herbal remedies/supplements, and over the counter (OTC) medications, including dosages and frequency.
• Your entire medical and surgical history including allergies.
• The names of any specialists you see and any testing/exams/procedures you have had in the last six months. Our team may need to obtain these records prior to surgery.
- Confirm you have a responsible adult to be present at discharge and will drive you home.
- Stock up on food that is easy to prepare, such as soup, crackers, clear soda, and frozen foods.
- Plan for easy access to your bathroom, if possible.
- Check with your surgeon’s office or insurance company to be sure you have the referral, pre-certification, or other required approvals.
- If your surgeon instructs you to donate blood, please do so.
- Ask your surgeon if any special equipment will be needed when you return home, such as crutches, walker, braces/slings, etc. Obtain these items prior to surgery and have them with you on the day of your procedure.
- Ask your surgeon to estimate your time off work.
- Drop off family medical leave papers at your surgeon’s office before your surgery.
- Do not drink alcohol during the 24 hours before surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything (including candy and gum) after midnight the night before your surgery, unless you are told that you can by your doctor or the hospital.
- You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth; avoid swallowing the water. If you have been told to take any medications, take them with a sip of water.
- Check with your surgeon if you are taking any of the medications listed below. You may be instructed by your surgeon to stop taking a medication before surgery.
- Adipex (Phentermine)
- Clinoril (Sulindac)
- Coumadin (Warafin)
- Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
- Daypro (Oxaprozin)
- Diet Aids (OTC
- Disalcid (Salisalate)
- Dolobid (Diflunisol)
- Feldene (Piroxicam)
- Herbals (All herbals)
- Indocin (Indomethicin)
- Lodin (Etodolac)
- MAO Inhibitors (Azilect, Marplan,
Nardil, Parnate, Selegiline)
- Naprelan (Naproxen Sodium)
- Naprosyn (Naproxen)
- Orudis (Ketoprofen)
- Oruvail (Ketoprofen)
- Relafen (Nambumetone)
- Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
- Ticagrelor (Brilinta)
- Tolectin DS
- Toradol (Ketoralac)
- Vitamin E
- Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium