Pre-Operative Instructions

The information on this website contains detailed instructions about home care before and after your surgery. Please read this information carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

 

Our goal is to have your surgical experience be as comfortable and smooth as possible. Proper pre-operative preparation is very important. Here are some general instructions to follow prior to your appointment. If you have any difficulties or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 425.369.1533 or send us an email.

 

Diet

Before any procedure involving sedation, DO NOT eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to your appointment. The ONLY exception is if you are required to take medication every morning or you have been instructed to pre-medicate before surgery, you may take your pills with a small sip of water.


It is also recommended that you stock your fridge with soft and squishy foods such Jello, pudding, yogurt, eggs, and cottage cheese, to enjoy following your surgery. You may also want to purchase ice packs or bags of frozen peas to ice with following your procedure.

 

 

Arrival to Appointment

Please arrive to your surgery appointment 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to check-in. We will have a few questions and check-in items to complete with you prior to the surgery. Please park in a spot near the end of the wheelchair ramp for easier access to your vehicle following the procedure

 

What to Wear & Bring

In order to make your surgery the most comfortable it can be, please come in loose fitting clothing, do NOT wear eye make-up.

 

Many patients are chilly after their surgeries, so we recommend having a blanket in the car for the ride home. We ask that your driver remain in the building for the duration of your treatment. We do provide magazines and beverages, but we also invite your driver to bring a book or a laptop.  We have WI-FI available for use with their laptop.

 

Prescriptions

If Dr. Clayhold has prescribed medications (such as antibiotics or pain medication), please fill them prior to the day of surgery. You will need to take them soon after you return home from your appointment. Specific timeframes for taking the medication will be communicated to your driver.

 

You may have prescriptions to take BEFORE surgery (ie: traizolam, valium, or pre-med antibiotics), so you will want to double check the bottles ahead of time.

  • Valium – (If prescribed by Dr. Clayhold) Take at bedtime the night before surgery if your are anxious.

 

  • Triazolam – (If prescribed by Dr. Clayhold) Take as directed on Rx bottle. Triazolam can make patients very drowsy. Please use caution when walking in from the parking lot.

 

  • If you are instructed to take Valium or Triazolam before the appointment, you MUST have a friend or family member drive you to the appointment. You cannot drive yourself.

 

Driving

If you are to be given I.V. sedation, you must have a friend or family member available to drive you home from you appointment and be available to stay with you for several hours following the surgery.

We ask that your driver remain at our office during your surgery.

You should not drive, become involved in activities that require judgment for 24 hours following surgery, or be left unsupervised.

Over-exertion may start or intensify your pain, so set your schedule in advance of your appointment to avoid excessive work or play for at least the first 24 hours following surgery. It is not necessary to remain indoors following uncomplicated surgery.

 

 

General Requirements

 

Prior to surgery, please review and adhere to the following requirements:

 

 You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to the Appointment.

• No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.

• A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.

• The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following anesthesia.

• Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low heeled shoes.

• Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.

• If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.

• If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Clayhold prior to your surgical date for instructions.