- For seven days preceding your surgery, do not take aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, or ibuprofen products (for example, Ibuprofen, Anacin, Alka-Seltzer, Bufferin, Ecotrin, Dristan, Sine-Off, Midol, Nuprin, Aleve, Thera-Flu, Advil). You may take Tylenol.
- The day and evening before your surgical procedure, eat and take your prescribed medications as you normally would, unless your physician directs otherwise. Use discretion, however when drinking alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery.
- Do not eat solid foods or drink anything for eight hours before your scheduled surgery (unless specified differently by your surgeon). You may have a sip of water when taking medication on the day of surgery if you have been instructed to do so. You will be asked about this when you arrive and your procedure may by postponed or rescheduled if these instructions have not been followed.
- If you are on cardiac, blood pressure, seizure, breathing and/or diuretic (water pills) medication, you may take your medication(s) the morning of surgery with a sip of water. If you are on insulin, your anesthesiologist and/or surgeon will give you instructions about diet and insulin dosage. If you have any questions, please call your physician's office. Bring all medications you are currently taking to the Surgery Center in their original containers.
- Do not bring cash, jewelry or other valuables. However we may need a copy of your insurance card(s) or you may need to make a co-payment. You also may receive a prescription for pain or an antibiotic. Plan ahead where you will have this prescription filled and bring your prescription card if applicable.
- Hand or foot surgery patients need to remove any nail polish and/or jewelry on the operative side. If you are using crutches, please bring them.
- Wear loose-fitting, casual clothing that may be easily worn over bulky bandages and splints.
- Do not wear make-up, especially mascara.
- If you wear glasses or contacts, please bring a case for their safekeeping. If you wear contacts, you may want to also bring your glasses.
- A family member or friend is welcome to accompany you. However, due to limited space, please bring only one visitor. Do not bring children or infants to your appointment.
Walla Walla Clinic Surgery Center
55 West Tietan St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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