Frequently Asked Questions

What if I cannot make my appointment?

Please notify the surgeon and the Center as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing. Button-down shirts or blouses are best. Wear comfortable shoes. Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry. Please do not wear any make-up as this can hide certain clinical signs. Please remove all body piercings. Please do not bring any valuables with you to the procedure.

Should I take my usual daily medication?

Please discuss your daily medications and herbal supplements with your care team prior to the day of your procedure. They will give you specific instructions to follow on the day of your procedure. Please bring all your medications with you.

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

May I continue my herbal medications?

Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the procedure. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Will I be contacted before my procedure?

Yes. We call each patient before the procedure to gather information and to helpful to us and hopefully answer any of your questions. Preoperative instructions will be given by the nurse who calls you. You can also call the Center directly with any questions.

Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?

Please follow the specific instructions you received from your care team regarding bathing and using hibiclens prior to your procedure.

What should I do if I am not feeling well?

If you are not feeling well, please contact your surgeon immediately. During normal business hours, you can call the Center for advice. Please do not delay in contacting your surgeon or the Center.

What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?

It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. If there is any doubt please contact us immediately.

May I drive home?

We would strongly recommend that all patients have a ride home and will be received by a responsible adult when they arrive home. Please make the appropriate arrangements.

What if I have special needs?

We will make every effort to accommodate any special needs you may have. We strongly encourage you to call the Center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable. Do not hesitate to call and suggest anything that may make your day easier.

Should I bring my special needs equipment?

Yes. Please bring any walkers, post-op crutches, hearing aids, etc.

What must I bring with me on the day of the procedure?

  • Bring case for eyeglasses or contacts
  • Bring insurance identification cards, driver’s license, completed billing forms, copayments
  • Bring all medication
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home