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In general, every patient should be medically optimized prior to surgery. This means that patients with other conditions should manage them as recommended by their primary providers. For example, smokers should decrease and attempt to stop smoking all together, diabetics should obtain good glycemic control, and patients with CHF and COPD should follow their cardiologist and pulmonologists recommendations. The use of alcohol and tobacco products prior to surgery is strongly discouraged and could result in a suboptimal surgical result.
Seeing your dentist prior to surgery is recommended as dental work, including routine cleanings, should typically be avoided after surgery. Diabetic patients should plan accordingly and follow their primary provider’s recommendations regarding diabetic medications and insulin.
Every patient should prepare their home for their return following surgery. We typically restrict each patient from bending, lifting, twisting, pushing and pulling, so low lying items should be stored at standing height.
You should make accommodations for help with performing chores and yard work. It is typically recommended that these types of activities are avoided for several weeks to months following surgery. Driving is also typically restricted, so it is wise to complete things like grocery shopping and errands in advance.
Each patient should shower the morning of or night prior to surgery. Patients are typically restricted from showering after surgery, in order to reduce the risk of infection. Brushing your teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene will also help reduce the risk of infection.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night prior to surgery. On the day of surgery, leave all valuables at home. Lastly, wear comfortable and easy-to-change clothing. Plan for transportation home following your hospital stay as you will not be allowed to drive yourself.