Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take my usual daily medication?
We generally request that you take your medication before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your sugar at the Center. You should be contacted before your surgery leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take. Please bring all your medications with you.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.

Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. You should bring these medications with you the day of surgery. Please call us with any questions you may have.

May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?
Currently we are only able to allow 1 parent for pediatric patients (age 17 years and under), and 1 designated Power of Attorney for any adult (age 18 years and over) that is legally necessary to consent for the surgical procedure upon a patient’s behalf. For all POA’s, please ensure that you bring a copy of your POA documentation to provide upon check-in.

We understand that this is a challenging time for all patients, and we are doing our best to provide high-quality clinical care for each patient while maintaining an environment of safety for everyone within our Center. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding with our efforts to maintain patient safety.

Will I receive sedation before going into the operating room?
We will individualize each patient’s care.