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Pre-Operative Instructions

Before Surgery

Follow these guidelines the day before your surgery to ensure that your operation/procedure goes smoothly.

  • It is your responsibility to arrange in advance for a trusted, responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you the first 24 hours after surgery.  You cannot drive yourself or be left alone.
  • If you have not been contacted 24 hours prior to your procedure, please call the center for specific instructions.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight – not even coffee or water unless instructed otherwise You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything.  Refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum, or tobacco products.  Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery.
  • Please bring all medication you are taking with you to the surgery center, OR a list of your medicines, the dosages and how often you take them.  Do not take any medication after midnight or the morning of surgery unless instructed to do so by your physician or the surgery center.
  • If you use any mechanical aides to enhance your breathing please bring the day of surgery.  Ex. CPAP machine, Nebulizer, etc.
  • Notify your physician before coming to the center if there is any change in your physical condition, such as a cold or fever.

Day of Surgery

To help us meet all of your needs, please follow these guidelines:
  • Please bathe or shower prior to your surgery.  Remove all makeup, and do not use lotions or oils after bathing.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing such as sweat suits and easy to button shirts or blouses that are big enough to accommodate a large bandage after surgery.  Wear comfortable shoes, no high heels, please.
  • Leave all valuables, including jewelry and cash, at home.  We cannot be responsible for damaged or lost property. 
  • Bring all your regular medications, OR a list of your medications, with you on the day of surgery, both prescription and nonprescription.
  • Bring all insurance cards and your driver’s license with you to the center.
  • Be prepared to sign a form giving your consent for the procedure.  If the patient is under 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the patient and sign the consent form.
  • Anyone giving consent for surgery other than the patient or parent must bring a copy of the court order or power of attorney giving permission for them to consent for the planned procedure.
  • If you have a living will or advance directive, please bring a copy to the facility.  If an adverse event occurs during your stay, based on reasons of conscience, all reasonable efforts will be taken to revive you, including resuscitative or other stabilizing measures. We will transfer you to a hospital with a copy of your advance directive.  The Hospital will honor your wishes as expressed in your advance directive.
  • If you wish to receive information on Advance Directives LSC will be glad to provide this information to you.
  • Please arrive one hour before your scheduled procedure or as directed by the surgery center.
  • To ensure the comfort of all patients, visitors and guests, we ask that no more than two people accompany you to the facility.


After Surgery

  • Before you leave the center you will be given written instructions for your care at home.
  • After you return home, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders regarding diet, rest, medication and activity.  Unless directed otherwise, you should start your diet with clear liquids.  In four to six hours, you may begin to eat solid foods.  By the next day you should be back to your normal diet.  It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, lightheaded, or dizzy for several hours after your surgery.  Do not sign any important papers or make any significant decisions for at least 24 hours.
  • If you have any questions or problems after surgery, please contact your physician.
  • It is important that your pain is controlled following your surgery.  Take your prescribed medication as ordered.  If the prescribed medication does not relieve your pain to a “moderate level requiring minimal intervention”, please notify your physician or contact Lexington Surgery Center.
  • A nurse from the Lexington Surgery Center will phone you within a few days after your surgery to see how you are and answer any additional questions you might have
  • Do not drive a car, smoke, drink alcoholic beverage, operate machinery or cook for 24 hours minimum after surgery or as directed by physician.