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Outpatient Surgery 101

What To Do And No Do On The Day Of Outpatient Surgery

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  • Make sure to follow restrictions about eating and drinking. A ban on drinking includes water. 
  • Bathe in the morning. 
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing 
  • Bring with you: 
    • Identification with a photograph. 
    • Your insurance information even if you gave it to the doctor before. o    
    • A check or cash to pay any co-pay or other payment as well as postoperative prescription drugs if you don't have them already. If you aren't sure how much you will owe, call ahead of time. You don't want to get to the procedure, only to find that it has to be postponed. 


  • Do not shave the area that is undergoing the surgery. Shaving can cause invisible abrasions/nicks that can allow germs to enter. If a surgical site needs to be shaved, the operating team will do it.
  • Don't chew gum prior to surgery. It can stimulate the secretion of juices that can interfere with your breathing during the procedure.
  • Do not wear make up anywhere near the area that will be operated on.     
  • Do not be late. 

If you will be unconscious during the procedure:     

  • Don't bring any more cash or credit cards than necessary. 
  • Do not wear jewelry. 
  • Remove dentures prior to the procedure. 

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