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Before My Surgery

Follow these guidelines the day before your surgery to ensure your safety and that your procedure goes smoothly.

You can Pre-Register by using Registration tab on Home Page.

If you do not register on line, a health history nurse will call you prior to your surgery to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process.

If you have not received a call by 2:00 PM the day before your surgery, please call us at 626-445-4714 and ask for the Pre-OP department.

Please arrange in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Due to the sedation you will receive, you cannot drive yourself home.  For your safety, you cannot take taxis or any public transportation unless accompanied by a responsible adult.  Your surgery will be cancelled if these arrangements have not been made.   Again, this is for your safety. 

If you are having a colonoscopy or gastroscopy, it is imperative that you follow your physician's fasting and prep instructions.  If you do not, your procedure may be cancelled.   

For surgery cases, again follow your physician's instructions regarding pre-operative fasting.  As a general rule, adults may eat a light diet up to 8 hours before the procedure and clear liquids up to 4 hours before the procedure.  This does not include coffee or alcohol.  For your safety, failure to follow these fasting instructions may result in cancellation of your case. 

You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything.  Refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum and cigarettes.

On the night before  and the morning of surgery, please continue taking your blood pressure medication as normal with a few sips of water.

Normally your physician will provide directions on whether to stop or continue taking medications.  If you have not received specific instructions, please contact your physician.  It is very important to inform your physician of all medications your are taking, especially cardiac and diabetic medications, aspirins and blood thinners.  You made need to stop using some medications 1 to 2 weeks before surgery.  Whatever medications you are instructed to continue taking, please take them with only a few sips of water through the day of surgery

Notify your physician before coming to the center if there is a change in your physical condition, such as a cold, cough, flu or fever.

Please go to day of surgery to continue reading instructions.