601 Suffolk Avenue
Brentwood, New York 11717

Before and After Surgery Instructions

Preparing for Surgery

  • A nurse will call you one to three days before your procedure to review your health history medications, and preparations for your surgery. You will also be informed of your expected co-pay or deductible. Please be sure we have a correct phone number where we may reach you or leave a message.
  • On the morning of surgery, shower and brush your teeth (be careful not to swallow any water). This will assist you in feeling refreshed as well as minimize the chance of infection.
  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK anything after midnight (including water, mints, or chewing gum) before your surgery. Undigested food in the stomach can cause complications and your surgery will be postponed if you forget.
  • Medications: Your doctor will let you know if there are certain medications you must stop prior to your surgery. If you are on any blood thinners, ask the doctor if you need to stop. DO TAKE any medications prescribed for blood pressure, heart, respiratory, thyroid, seizure, anxiety/antidepressants with a sip of water as you normally would on the day of surgery.
  • Patient Medication List: Please complete the Patient Medication List and bring the completed list with you. Be sure to include over the counter medications and herbal medications.
  • What to wear: Dress for comfort and warmth. The building will be quite cool. Family members also can get chilly in our waiting room. Wear flat, comfortable shoes and loose clothing.
  • Remove: Make-up and nail polish.
  • Leave at home: Jewelry, contact lenses and other valuables. You may leave your wedding rings on.
  • What to bring: For your safety and to ensure correct identification, please bring a photo ID and your insurance card. Please also bring a copy of your ADVANCE DIRECTIVE if you have one. This includes a Health Care Proxy, Living Will, etc.
  • WHEN TO GET HERE: A nurse will call one to three days before your procedure with the time for you to arrive.
  • Arrange to have a responsible adult drive you home after surgery.
  • Review the post-operative instructions so our nurses can answer any questions you may have before you receive sedation for your procedure.

Day of Surgery

  • Arrive at the assigned time. Generally we have allowed 60 minutes before your procedure is scheduled to start. This allows us time to prepare you for your procedure and complete all necessary paperwork.
  • Please limit the number of people to accompany you to the Center. To maximize the comfort of all visitors, we suggest that patients are accompanied by only one person.
  • Arrange for an adult to bring you to the Center, and to be here to listen to the post surgery instructions. Because of the medications you will receive, your memory may be affected for several hours.
  • It is best for a family member or designated adult to be present. If the need arises and this person must leave the building while you are in surgery, please advise our staff and be sure we have a working phone number where he/she can be reached at all times.
  • On average, most patients will be here at least three hours - including the hour preparation time, the time for the procedure, and recovery time. This can vary depending on the length of time for your procedure, recovery, and any delays before you. We will do our best to keep you and your family informed.
  • Eye Surgery: Preoperatively, nurses will administer dilating drops into the operative eye. Prior to surgery a mild sedative will be administered intravenously to make the patient more comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. A local anesthetic is used to numb the operative eye. The patient should not experience pain during the procedure. The patient can speak up if experiencing any discomfort or anxiety and more anesthetic can be administered. Vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure and the anesthesiologist is available to ensure maximal comfort and safety.

After Surgery

  • After the procedure, you will remain in our recovery and discharge areas until you are fully awake and able to be discharged. Everyone is different, and you will receive the individualized care you need. When you are ready, you will have something to drink and a light snack.
  • You and your family member will be given discharge instructions regarding diet, activity, treatments necessary at home, and any supplies and prescriptions ordered by your physician.
  • After Eye Surgery, take it easy. Resume your pre-operative eye drops and start any additional medication given to you at discharge. Blurry vision, tearing and a sandy feeling are common the first day after surgery. Close your eyes to rest them if this occurs.
  • After Pain Management Procedures, take it easy and return back to normal activity the following day.
  • For all cases, you will receive additional post-op instructions from the center when you are discharged.
  • Remember, YOU CANNOT DRIVE YOURSELF after the procedure due to post anesthesia conditions. You must have an adult driver escort you home.
  • For serious discomfort, call your surgeon.

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