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, and remain hydrated; you might
also be asked to start a nutritional supplement one week prior to surgery.
On the night before surgery, do not eat
solid foods after 11 p.m.
Follow any instructions directly from
You can drink up to 20 ounces of clear
liquids (such as water, Gatorade, or Sprite) up to two hours before your
surgery start time.
In the pre-op area, you will receive
oral non-narcotic pain medications (acetaminophen, celecoxib, and
gabapentin) to improve your postoperative pain.
Our anesthesia pain team might perform
a nerve block before the start of your case. This is designed to decrease
your postoperative pain and need for intravenous (IV) and oral 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 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.
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 help 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.
Your diet will be advanced as quickly
as tolerated following your procedure. Continue to chew gum or hard candy
You will take scheduled non-opioid
pain medications during your recovery and have narcotic medications
available for breakthrough pain if necessary.
Tracking Your Progress
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