Local Anesthesia – If You Will Be Awake
- Eat a light meal before your procedure.
- Ask the CWOFS team if you should alter any of your at-home medications.
- Blood thinners – Under certain circumstances, it is okay to continue using blood thinners such as Plavix® and Coumadin®. You may be asked to get a blood draw before surgery.
- Diabetic medications – It is usually best to take your usual diabetic medicine unless you are fasting for surgery.
- Heart and blood pressure medicines – It is important to continue taking these medications; usually, they should not be altered.
- Asthma – Bring your inhalers to the appointment.
General & Sedation Anesthesia – If You Will Be Asleep
- Please ask the team member if you need to alter any of your usual medications.
- Since you will be fasting, you may have to alter your medicine for conditions such as diabetes.
- You should not eat anything for 6 hours prior to your surgery. (Example: If your surgery is at 7 a.m., do not eat after midnight.)
- If your surgery is late in the day, a light breakfast is okay. (Example: A breakfast of tea and toast at 6 a.m. is acceptable for a 12:30 p.m. surgery.)
- If you need to take medications on the morning of surgery, take them with a small sip of water.
- Somebody should bring you to the appointment, stay throughout the surgery, and take you home afterward.
- It is best to have somebody available the rest of the day after the surgery in case you need assistance.