To make your surgery safer, consider asking your doctor(s),
nurse(s) and clinical staff some of the following questions before surgery:
What are my options for the
best place to have this type of
surgery: in the office, sameday
surgery center or hospital?
Consider cost, your health plan
coverage, and above all, safety
What exactly do you expect
will be done during surgery?
Be sure that you, your doctor and
your surgeon agree on exactly what
will be done during surgery, and you
are aware of what to expect.
Are the surgeon,
anesthesiologist and nurses
aware of any allergies or
previous bad reactions to
anesthesia that you may
Don’t assume they know what you
are allergic to, especially if you have
not told them. If you have already
told them, remind them.
Can I continue to take
medications and vitamins that
I am routinely taking?
Inform all your doctors and nursing
staff about all the prescription
medications, vitamins, herbal
supplements, and over-the-counter
medications you are currently
taking. Certain combinations of
medicines can lead to problems.
Patients taking heart medication
need to be careful that the
combinations will not lead to a
Should I wash with an
antibiotic soap the day before
If you are supposed to wash with an
antibiotic soap, ask the doctor to
show you how. Doing so may help
Will I need an antibiotic before
surgery? If so, for how long?
Antibiotics should be taken within 1
hour before surgery and stopped
within 24 hours in most cases,
lowering your risk of infection after
If hair has to be removed from
my body before surgery, will
you be using clippers rather
than a razor?
Razors can cause infections if they
leave small cuts on the skin.
What will you do to prevent
the risk of blood clots?
Because you do not move while
under anesthesia, blood clots can
form, possibly leading to a heart
attack and a stroke. The more
complicated the surgery, the
higher the risk.
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