Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take my usual daily medication?
We generally request that you take your medication before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your sugar at the Center. You should be contacted before your surgery leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take. Please bring a list of all your medications with you.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.

Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. Some may need to be stopped 1 to 2 weeks prior to surgery so these should be discussed with your surgeon. Please call us with any questions you may have.

May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about your medications.

Who may accompany me?
You should bring one responsible adult with you. That person will be allowed to be with you before surgery and may sit with you after the surgery if you so choose.

When a child often is accompanied by two parents and/or guardians we will do our best to accommodate everyone, however, sometimes only one parent and/or guardian may be permitted into the recovery room at a time. At least one parent or guardian must remain in the facility for the entire visit.

Please refrain from bringing siblings or young children to the Center as guests and arrange for their care elsewhere on the day of surgery.

Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?

We will individualize each patient’s care. You will discuss your anesthetic plan with your anesthesia provider and if necessary you may receive sedation in the preoperative area.