Pre-Operative Care Instructions for Cosmetic Gynecology Surgery

1) Initial Consultation for Cosmetic Gynecology Surgery:

  •  bullet_tickAn accurate medical history containing any and all pertinent information. Preferably, bring a copy of your current medical conditions/medical charts from your primary care physician.
  • IMG_2389bullet_tickA list of all the medications, vitamins, supplements, and/or herbal products you take.
  • bullet_tickThese are very important as your medical history and medication intake must be carefully reviewed prior to creating a treatment plan and surgical appointment.

2) Reduce Complication Risks Early On:

  • bullet_tickDiscontinue using aspirin (including medications/products that contain aspirin), Ibuprofen, and Vitamin E. Your surgeon may direct you to quit taking others as well.
  • bullet_tickMedications such as vitamins or herbs supplements which act as blood thinners that may cause excessive bleeding, bruising, and other avoidable complications.
  • bullet_tickAbstain from smoking for about 1-2 weeks before and after your surgery. Cigarettes impair blood circulation, discourage healing, and promote scarring.
  • bullet_tickAbstain from drinking alcohol for about 1-2 weeks before and after your surgery. Alcohol has an effect on liver function as well as blood consistency.

3 ) Pre-Operative Consultation:

  • bullet_tickBefore you are admitted or undergo surgery, you will meet again with your surgeon. At this time, you should notify your surgeon of any health developments such as influenza, bladder infections, diarrhea, etc.
  • bullet_tickDuring this appointment, you will meet with your anesthesiologist. He or she will talk about anesthetic options and what he/she feels is most suitable for you (based on health condition (s), prior history, and your surgical procedure (s)).

3.1) Pre-Operative Medication Instructions

One Week Before Surgery:
  • bullet_tickDISCONTINUE taking any and all aspirin and aspirin-containing medicines (e.g., Anacin, Excedrin®, and Pepto-Bismol®). Check any cold or pain medication bottles to make certain aspirin are not contained.
  • bullet_tickSTOP smoking cigarettes and consuming alcohol for about 1-2 weeks prior to surgery.
Two Days Before Surgery:
  • bullet_tickDISCONTINUE taking any and all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., Etodolac [Lodine®], Fenoprofen [Nalfon®], Ibuprofen [Advil®, Motrin®, Nuprin®], Ketorolac [Toradol®], Maproxen [Aleve®], Meclofenarnate [Meclomen®], Mefenamic acid [Ponstel®] and Naproxen [Anaprox®, Naprosyn®].
The Day of Surgery:
  • bullet_tickTry to leave all of your jewelry and valuables at home. For your convenience, there is a valuables depository located on the 4th floor of the hospital.
  • bullet_tickIf you wear contact lenses, glasses or hearing aids, please bring proper storage containers/solutions with you. These items will be stored before your procedure.
  • bullet_tickTry not to wear any makeup, especially mascara. Please remove nail polish and/or nail shellac as your nail plate must be clearly visible during surgery.

3.2) Pre-Operative Diet Instructions

8 Hours Before Surgery:
  • bullet_tickDO NOT EAT any solid foods as your stomach must be empty. This is a very important surgical safety precaution.
  • bullet_tickDO NOT DRINK any ‘heavy’ liquids including milk-based products and gelatins.
  • bullet_tickDO NOT DRINK any juices that contain pulp (orange juice, pineapple juice, nectars, etc.)
  • bullet_tickYOU MAY DRINK up to eight ounces of clear liquids up until 6 hours before your surgery appointment. Clear liquids include water, pulp-free juices (apple juice, grape juice), black tea, and black coffee.
6 Hours Before Surgery:
  • bullet_tickTAKE NOTHING PER ORAL (NPO) except for maintenance medications that are approved by the above guidelines and/or your surgeon.
  • bullet_tickBefore undergoing an operative or diagnostic procedure under Sedation or General Anesthesia, you must refrain from eating, drinking, or taking anything per oral following your surgeon’s guidelines.
  • bullet_tickThis precaution is taken to ensure your safety. When you are unconscious, complications from nausea or vomiting must be avoided. Should you vomit while unconscious, stomach fluids can flood the lungs causing serious problems such as pneumonia. These complications can easily result in an extended hospital stay and unforeseen expenses. For your safety, be sure to follow the NPO time given by your surgeon or anesthesiologist.

If your surgical procedure does not entail a hospital stay, we are more than happy to assist you in booking a hotel or providing accommodation recommendations. A few hotels located near the hospital offer special rates for our patients. Feel free to contact us for more information. 

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