The Night Before Surgery
You will meet with the anesthesiologist before or on the day of your surgery. He or she will have a set of required tests and ask you questions about your medical history, medications you take, and any previous experience you have had with anesthesia. The anesthesiology team will discuss what type of medications they will use to get you to sleep for your surgery.
Do not eat or drink anything past midnight. Your doctor will give you additional information on bowel prep (cleansing) instructions and what you can and cannot eat the day before surgery. You must carefully follow these instructions.
You may brush your teeth and rinse with mouthwash.
The night before or morning of surgery, you should bathe or shower thoroughly. Your doctor may ask you to use a specific cleanser. Avoid makeup, lotions, powders, deodorants, perfumes, or anything else on your skin unless instructed otherwise by your surgical team. Remove all nail polish and artificial nails.
Bring the following items with you: slippers with rubber soles, robe, loose fitting clothes, basic toiletries, toothbrush, and toothpaste. If you must bring jewelry, money, credit cards, and other valuables, please ask your family or friends to keep them until you get to your hospital room.