For all procedures done in the hospital whether major abdominal surgery,
outpatient anorectal procedures or colonoscopy, there are certain important
things to do before your surgery.
1. You should have nothing to eat or drink for at least 6 hours before
your procedure. For morning procedures you should have nothing to
eat or drink from midnight the night before. This is to ensure an
empty stomach and minimize the risk of aspiration, a potentially serious
complication of any procedure.
2. You should arrive at the hospital 2 hours ahead of time. There
is much paperwork and preparation to be done before your procedure
and a delay in arrival may cause cancellation of the procedure.
3. You should have a ride home from the hospital. For liability reasons
the hospital will not allow a patient to leave after a procedure by
themselves. This person does not have to stay for the procedure, though
of course, they may.
4. Medications such as aspirin, plavix, ticlid, ibuprophen (any antiplatelet
or NSAID medication), or coumadin should be stopped at least 5 days
before the procedure unless otherwise discussed with your surgeon.
5. Diabetics should discuss what to do with medications and diet with
6. Other medications should be taken as usual with a sip of water.
In addition, patients having colon surgery or a colonoscopy should complete
a bowel prep as described separately. (Please attach links here for
bowel prep for colon surgery, AM and PM colonoscopy and nulytely preps)
This is important to wash out the colon for visualization during a colonoscopy
and to minimize the risk of infection or leak in surgery. If you are
unable to complete this your surgeon should be called.
You do not need any special preparation for an office visit or procedure
unless specified ahead of time.