Day Before Surgery

Day Before Surgery

The day before your scheduled surgery, a nurse or physicians assistant from SurgiCare of Manhattan will contact you.  They will ask about your health history, medications that you currently take, inquire about drug allergies or intolerance, and review basic preoperative instructions with you.  Please try to make yourself available for this contact.

In the event that you are not available, or have further questions, please call us at (212) 867-0609.

A common list of pre-operative instructions are as follows:

  • Stop any anti-inflammatory medicine, or medications containing aspirin 5 to 7 days before your surgery.
  • Have someone who can accompany you to your surgery and drive you home afterwards.
  • If you are a smoker, stop smoking at least 24 hours before your surgery (preferably longer).
  • Bring a list of your medications, including the dosage, and what time of the day you take them.
  • At around midnight you should stop eating and have only small sips of water if needed.
  • If you take blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, Ticlid or Lovenox, please contact our office to provide additional instructions.

If there is anything that worries you, feel free to contact us right away.

Keep on reading to learn what to expect on the day of your surgery.