Your arrival time will be 1-2 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time to allow for registration, preparation, anesthesia, etc. Due to limited space in our waiting room, please restrict the number of family members with you on the day of surgery. Your surgery may be delayed or even cancelled due to emergencies. Medications Bring a current list of your medications with you on the day of surgery. Bring any medications that you may need to take after your surgery (insulin, inhaler, etc). Most blood pressure, heart, breathing, seizure, narcotic pain, and anti-reflux medications should be taken the morning of surgery with a small sip of water. DO NOT TAKE diuretics (water pills) or antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, Tums).
Pre-operative hygiene The morning of surgery, ensure that your fingernails are clean and trimmed, and fingernail polish and false nails have been removed. If your arm is not bandaged, wash with pre-surgical scrub as instructed. Ensure that all jewelry and body piercings have been removed.
Attire You will need to undress and wear a gown during surgery. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Short sleeved shirts are recommended. You may be sent home with a large dressing or splint on your arm that does not fit through most sleeves.
Driving A responsible adult must drive you home. You will not be permitted to leave alone. The only exception is when permission is given by your surgeon. If your surgery is being performed under local anesthesia only, you may drive yourself to the surgery center and home.