Before Your Surgery Checklist

Follow these guidelines the day before your surgery to ensure your safety and that your procedure goes smoothly.

You can Pre-Register by clicking the Pre-Register link to the left.

If you do not register on line, a health history nurse will call you prior to your surgery to collect information about your health to expedite your admission process.

If you have not registered on line and have not received a call by 2:00 PM the day before your surgery, please call us at 626-445-4714 and ask for the Pre-OP department.

Please arrange in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Due to the sedation you will receive, you cannot drive yourself home.  For your safety, you cannot take taxis or any public transportation unless accompanied by a responsible adult.  Your surgery will be cancelled if these arrangements have not been made.  Again, this is for your safety. 


It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delay or cancellations.

Food and Drink Information

If you are having a colonoscopy or gastroscopy please follow your physician’s fasting and prep instructions.  Your surgery will be cancelled for your safety if you do not follow fasting and prep instructions;

If you are having surgery, please follow your physicians fasting instructions.  As a general rule, adults may eat a light diet up to 8 hours before the surgery and water up to 4 hours before the surgery.  This does not include coffee, alcohol, soda or juice.
You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery, remembering not to swallow anything.  Your surgery will be cancelled for your safety if you do not follow these instructions. 

Medication

On the night before and the morning of surgery, please continue taking your blood pressure medication as normal with a few sips of water

Normally your physician will provide directions on whether to stop or continue taking medications.  If you have not received specific instructions, please contact your physician.  It is very important to inform your physician of all medications you are taking, especially cardiac and diabetic medications, aspirins and blood thinners.  Whatever medications you are instructed to take continue taking.  Please take them with only a few sips of water on the day of surgery.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.

Clothing
Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing  such as sweat suits and easy- to- button shirts that are big enough to accommodate bandages.  Wear comfortable slip on shoes: no high heels, boots or lace up shoes

Valuables
Please leave valuables at home.

Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required. If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department 626-445-4714 as soon as possible.