Surgery Tips

At Alpha Surgical Center, the safety and wellbeing of our patients is our number one concern.

We understand surgical procedures can be stressful for both patients and their loved ones. Knowing how to prepare and what to expect before, during, and after surgery can help lessen the anxiety and improve your overall experience.

Preparing for Surgery

Our doctors and nurses will give you personalized tips to start preparing for surgery a few days in advance. These tips may include changes in diet and lifestyle.

Pre-Surgery General Tips

Your procedure will likely require anesthesia, and therefore you should not drive yourself. Please arrange to have someone accompany you to and pick you up from our facility on the day of your surgery.

To improve your procedure’s outcome and shorten your recovery time, we recommend you stop smoking and drinking alcohol a few days before your surgery. Alcohol and tobacco products can cause adverse reactions to anesthesia and interfere with post-operatory treatment.

Don’t eat or drink after midnight on the night before your surgery. Please speak to one of our pre-op nurses if you have special medical conditions or any concerns.

Avoid using unnecessary lotions, makeup, and heavy perfumes.

Personal hygiene is crucial to minimizing the risk of infection. Therefore, on the morning of your procedure, please bathe and brush your teeth as you usually would, be careful not to swallow any water.

Don’t wear jewelry.

Speak to your physician if you notice any changes in your health, including fever, rash, cough, or symptoms associated with respiratory illness.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heel shoes.

Please arrive on time to avoid delays.

Remove contact lenses.

Notify your surgeon if there is a possibility you may be pregnant.

The Day of Your Surgery

You should expect a call from our nursing staff before your surgery to clear any concerns, review your pre-surgery instructions, including your arrival time, and complete a health questionnaire.

Please arrive on time to ensure your procedure begins on schedule.

After Surgery

You should expect a call from our nursing staff before your surgery to clear any concerns, review your pre-surgery instructions, including your arrival time, and complete a health questionnaire.

Immediately following surgery, our staff will move you to our post-operative area and monitor your signs. You will remain here until you awake from the anesthesia and are feeling comfortable.

For your safety, we advise you to follow these general recommendations after your surgery:

  • Don’t drive or operate heavy machinery or power tools for at least 24 hours
  • Avoid eating heavy meals and follow any dietary recommendations from your physician
  • Don’t smoke or consume alcohol for at least 24 hours
  • Take any medications that were not discussed and cleared by your physician
  • Avoid signing important documents or making life-changing decisions for a minimum of 24 hours after surgery
Remember to speak to your physician or one of our nurses if you experience any symptoms that seem unusual.
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