PREPARING FOR YOUR ANORECTAL SURGERY
If you smoke, try to stop before your surgery..
Make sure that your surgeon knows what medications you are taking.
If you take Aspirin, Motrin, Aleve or Plavix they should be stopped 7 days before the surgery and should not be taken for 14 days after surgery.
If you take blood thinners such as Coumadin, it should be stopped about two days prior to surgery. Ask your surgeon when you should stop this medicine.
Do not take Diabetic medicines on the morning of surgery.
Generally all other medicines (especially medicines for high blood pressure and heart conditions) should be taken up to the time of your surgery. This means that even when you are NPO (not allowed to take orally) you must still take these medicines with just a sip of water.
Do not drink or eat anything after midnight (of course with the above exception).
Do not eat or drink any thing.
However if you take blood pressure or heart medicines you must take them with a small sip of water.
Take a fleet enema 1 hour before coming to the hospital. If the return is not clear take a second enema and inform your nurse. (Occasionally you may be given full bowel prep for anorectal surgery).
The success of your surgery depends not only on what happens during your operation and hospitalization but also on what happens between now and the operation. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your surgery:
There is much paperwork and preparation to be done before your procedure and a delay in arrival may cause cancellation of the procedure.
After your procedure is completed you need a ride back home, you will not be allowed to drive because of the anesthesia or sedation.
ON THE DAY OF YOUR SURGERY
Remember that pre operative preparation is vital for the successful outcome of your surgery. Let us work together to achieve and outstanding outcome. If you have any questions please call 281-583 1300 during office hours.