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Preoperative Patient Instructions

The following instructions are for your comfort, health and safety. They will help you prepare for your surgery. These instructions are general and apply to many patients. Your surgeon may give you other specific instructions. It's important to follow them all carefully.

  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING for six hours before arrival at the hospital. This includes gum, candy, mints, coffee, milk and other food. You shouldn't consume alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Bring a current list of your medications with you, including dosages and when you take the medications.
  • Call your personal physician for advice if you take aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications or blood thinners on a daily basis.
  • If you take blood pressure medication, take it in the morning with a sip of water, or as directed by the nurse.
  • Brush your teeth before surgery, but do not swallow any of the water.
  • Bathe or shower the evening before your surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup, powder, perfume, lotion, aftershave or nail polish.
  • Wear comfortable clothing. You will be changing into a patient gown.
  • Do not bring jewelry or other valuables with you.
  • Bring a case for glasses or contact lenses. We will provide a container if you wear dentures or partial plates.
  • Contact your physician prior to the day of your surgery if you develop a sore throat, cold fever or any other illness, or if you eat or drink anything the day of the surgery. Your procedure may have to be canceled or rescheduled.

If you have questions, call 913-680-6467 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. After hours, contact Saint John Hospital at 913-680-6000.