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Surgery Information

Before Your Surgery

We ask that you pre-op over at the hospital 72 hours prior to the day of your procedure. Appointments can be made by calling (334) 347-0584 ext. 8760 to schedule an appointment at your convenience. The second option would be to go to the hospital on a walk-in basis to pre-op, but please be advised, there may be a wait.  The pre-op office is located on the second floor.  Upon exiting the elevator, please continue to your right and you will see the pre-op sign on the second door on your left.  It is imperative that you take your surgical orders along with a complete medication list to this appointment.  Here, guidelines will be given to you for the day before your procedure.  Follow these guidelines the day before your surgery to ensure that your operation goes smoothly.

Day of Surgery

  • It is your responsibility to arrange in advance for a responsible adult (over the age of 18 years old) to pick you up at the hospital and drive you home. You cannot drive yourself, take public transportation, or be left alone.

  • Notify your physician before coming to the center if there is any change in your physical condition, such as a cold or fever.

  • If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring a case for their safekeeping.  We provide containers for removable dentures and bridgework.

  • Do not drink or eat anything after midnight - not even coffee or water.  This will reduce the possibility of nausea and vomiting following anesthesia.  You may brush your teeth, but remember not to swallow anything.  Refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum or cigarettes.  Failure to follow these instructions may result in the cancellation of your surgery.
  • Please do not take any medication after midnight unless instructed by your physician or by surgery staff at the hospital.  If you are diabetic or on blood pressure medication, obtain specific instructions from your pre-op appointment.
  • Please bathe or shower prior to surgery.  Remove all make-up and do not use lotions, perfumes, or oils after bathing.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing such as sweat suits and easy-to-button shirts or blouses that are big enough to accommodate a large bandage after surgery.  Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Leave all valuables, including jewelry, body piercings, and cash, at home.  We will not be responsible for damaged or lost property.
  • Please expect to have approximately 1 hour recovery time prior to being discharged home. 

After Surgery

  • Before you leave the center, you will be given written and verbal instructions for your care at home.
  • After you have returned home, be sure to follow your doctor's orders regarding diet, rest, medication, and activity.  Unless directed otherwise, you should start your diet with clear liquids.  In four to six hours, you can begin to eat solid foods.  By the next day, you should be back to your normal diet.  It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, lightheaded, or dizzy for several hours after your surgery.  Do not sign any important papers or make any significant decisions for at least 24 hours.
  • If you have any questions or problems after surgery, please contact your physician.
  • Do not drive a car, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery, or cook for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Please have a responsible adult stay with you for the first post-op night at a minimum.