Anesthesia Instructions: Pre & Postoperative Instructions

It is extremely important that you DO NOT EAT OR DRINK anything for the eight (8) hours preceding your surgery, unless otherwise instructed. The reason for this is that food or fluids in the stomach increase the risk of vomiting while sedated or anesthetized. This can lead to the stomach contents getting into the lungs, which can cause serious illness or death.

The day of surgery, please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and flat shoes such as sneakers or slippers. Remember that you may be somewhat sedated and will have to walk from your car into your home, so be comfortable. Please do not wear any make-up to the office on the day of your surgery.

Following any anesthetic, it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY that you have a responsible adult drive you home, and stay with you for the first 24 hours.

Once you arrive home following your surgery, you may have water, Coca-Cola or juices. Start off slowly with small sips, and gradually increase the amounts as you feel that you can tolerate them. Then you can add any foods Dr. Gold recommended or that are on your diet. However, do not feel that you have to eat solid foods. It is much more important to concentrate on drinking plenty of water or fruit juices (at least 8, preferably more, glasses a day).

REST is very important after surgery. Do not drive or do any type of work that will involve coordination or decision making for at least 24 hours following your anesthetic.

To help prevent complications following your surgery, it is very important that you take several deep breaths followed by strong coughs every hour or two for several days. This will help keep your lungs clear after your surgery. If you smoke, we recommend that you quit for at least one week, preferably two weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking robs your tissues of oxygen, and increases your risks when having surgery and anesthesia.

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