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Preparing for Outpatient Surgery

‚ÄčThere are a few things you need to do to prepare for your outpatient surgery. As with any hospitalization, you'll need someone to help you get home after your surgery. Make arrangements with a friend or relative to drive you home after your recovery. They may also accompany you to the pre-operative area and visit with you in post-recovery before your dismissal. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home or take the bus or taxi home by yourself.

Here are some important items to help you prepare:

  • Eat a light supper the day before surgery. After midnight you should not eat, drink or take anything by mouth. This includes gum, candy and water.
  • Don't swallow any water when you brush your teeth right before coming to the hospital if you do, your surgery may be canceled.
  • If you are on any routine medication for blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, or seizures, it is very important for you to take your medication as usual with the smallest sip of water possible, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Please bring your current Harris Health financial assistance approval notice or proof of insurance with you.
  • Select comfortable clothing to wear to the hospital.
  • If you wear glasses, contacts, dentures, or a hearing aid, bring along a protective case to store them in during surgery.
  • Don't bring jewelry, credit cards, money or other valuables with you the day of your surgery. The hospital is not responsible for lost or stolen valuables.
  • Remove all makeup and nail polish before coming to the hospital.
  • If you smoke, stop, or at least reduce your smoking prior to your surgery.

During your clinic visit prior to surgery, you will be instructed when to arrive and where to go within the hospital. If you are unable to keep your surgery appointment, for any reason, please call the desk at the operating room to let them know.