We will call you to provide instructions
for surgery and
medications prior to surgery. You might also be scheduled for an
appointment in our pre-surgical testing clinic to meet with our anesthesia
team or have blood drawn.
We might request testing from your other physicians.
Call our pre-surgical testing clinic with any
We encourage you to stop smoking and consuming alcohol
for one month prior to surgery.
We encourage you to increase your physical activity
prior to surgery.
Eat a balanced, healthy diet high in protein, and remain
On the night before surgery, do not eat
solid foods after 11 p.m.
Follow instructions from your surgeon
regarding skin and bowel preparation.
You can drink clear liquids (such as
water, Gatorade, or Sprite) up to two hours before your surgery start time.
Drink either a bottle of water or a 20-oz.
Gatorade on the way to the hospital, at least two hours before your
surgery start time (if you have diabetes, please drink only 10 ounces).
In the pre-op area, you will receive
oral non-narcotic pain medications (acetaminophen and gabapentin) to improve
your postoperative pain.
You will receive general anesthesia
and be completely asleep during the procedure.
Your anesthesia team will monitor you
very closely while you are asleep and will insert additional intravenous (IV)
lines or monitors if necessary.
You will receive multiple medications
during surgery to treat pain and nausea.
There will be a specific and tailored
anesthetic protocol to decrease the stress on your body, improve pain
control, and accelerate your recovery.
A nerve block might be performed
during the procedure. This is designed to decrease your postoperative pain
and need for IV and oral pain medications.
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and After
You will wake up in our post-anesthesia
care unit (PACU).
You will be asked to chew gum and ice
chips and to drink clear liquids to help with recovery of bowel function.
You will be given an incentive
spirometer to remind you to take deep breaths.
Starting on the day of your surgery,
we encourage you to get out of bed and walk with help from your nurse.
Try to increase the distance and frequency of your walks
each day; doing so will help your bowel function return to normal,
prevent deconditioning, and speed up your recovery.
Unless instructed otherwise by your
nurse or surgeon, you will be able to eat a normal diet the day after your
surgery. Continue to chew gum or hard candy as well.
You will take scheduled non-opioid
pain medications during your recovery and have narcotic medications
available for breakthrough pain if necessary.
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