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Before Surgery

The Evening Before Surgery

  • A nurse will call you between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. the day before surgery to tell you when to arrive. 
  • IMPORTANT eating instructions
    • Do NOT eat food or drink milk after midnight
    • Water is okay until 4 hours before admission.
    • No gum, mints, or hard candy
  • Follow bowel preparation instructions, if ordered by your physician.
  • Take a shower or bath on the day of your surgery.
  • DO NOT shave the surgery site. The hospital has special clippers to remove hair if needed.
  • Alert your surgeon of any rashes, cuts or scrapes on or near your surgery site.
  • For your safety, your stomach must be empty for surgery. If you eat or drink before your surgery, it will have to be postponed.

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