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How To Prepare For Surgery

​Preparing for Surgery

Your physician has arranged a date for your surgical procedure and will provide specific instructions for you to follow.

The Day Before Surgery

  • You will receive a call from our Pre-Op Call nurse to review information that you provided to obtain information regarding your medical history.
  • You will be notified of your arrival time as well as fasting instructions in preparation for your procedure. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. The only exception is if you are directed to eat or drink by your surgeon or the pre-op call nurse. Food in your stomach can cause serious complications during surgery. Consequently, eating or drinking could cause your surgery to be canceled or postponed. Avoid alcohol and tobacco 24 hours prior to your surgery.
  • Remove nail polish and body piercings before your surgery.
  • Leave jewelry and large sums of money at home.
  • Notify your Doctor or Healthcare Professional if you develop a cold, fever, respiratory infection or other illness or change in your medical condition prior to surgery.


Please do not plan any activities for the remainder of the day of your procedure so that you can rest and recover.

Transportation & Care

Please arrange for someone to drive you to and from Meadows Surgery Center. You cannot drive for the rest of the day after your procedure because of the sedation medications you will receive.

To protect your privacy, the person accompanying you to your procedure should be someone with whom the surgeon can discuss your health and results of the procedure.

You will need to arrange for a responsible adult to assist you with the following:

  • Be present throughout your stay at the Surgery Center.
  • Provide care for you for 24 hours or more after the procedure.

For these reasons, please have your driver come with you to the Surgery Center and stay until you are discharged.


If you have young children, we recommend you make child care arrangements for the day of your procedure. Even though our waiting room provides a friendly environment, two to three hours spent waiting can be stressful to children.

For Info on Pediatric Surgery Procedures, ​Click ​Here