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How to prepare for surgery day
Follow your pre-surgery directions and diet. Unless you’re having only local anesthesia, you may be told not to eat or drink anything after midnight before your procedure.
Ask about when you should stop taking your regular medications prior to surgery. Fill any prescriptions you will need after surgery.
Ask your surgeon if it’s safe to take ibuprofen or aspirin, vitamin E or herbal medications that you may have been taking previously.
Arrange for a friend or caregiver to drive you to surgery, and home.
Wear comfortable clothing. Wear or bring loose-fitting clothing. Your body might be sore or swollen from surgery, or you may have bulky bandages over your incisions.
Leave jewelry and valuables at home
Arrange for assistance for household chores and meal preparation at least for the first week when you first get home.
If you wear contact lenses, wear your glasses instead.
Don’t wear any metal objects. Remove all jewelry, including body piercings. The equipment used during your surgery can cause burns if it touches metal.
Don’t put on any lotion, cream, deodorant, makeup, powder, perfume, or cologne on the day of surgery.
If you’re menstruating use a sanitary pad, not a tampon. You’ll get disposable underwear and a pad, if needed.
Avoid shaving or waxing. If you are getting surgery on the belly or pelvic areas do not shave or wax your abdomen, thighs or the area around your vagina or penile area for at least a week before surgery.
For breast surgery patients, do not shave underarms. Shaving with a razor can nick the skin. This increases the risk of getting a wound infection. If hair needs to be removed for your operation, it will be done at the hospital with special clippers.
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