Menorah Medical Center

Before Surgery

A nurse will call you before your surgery to obtain information about your medical history and give instructions for your arrival. If you have not been contacted the day before surgery call us at 498-6030. Be prepared to tell the nurse about any medications you are taking and the dosages. Important medications to mention are: insulin, heart and blood pressure medications, blood thinners (including daily aspirin), water pills, and medications for breathing problems. Pre-admission forms will be completed by phone.

Pre-Operative Instructions

Your cooperation is vitally important in any surgical procedure. If you do not follow these instructions your surgery may be cancelled. Please read carefully:

  • You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow water.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery (including water, coffee, chewing gum and mints) unless you’ve been specifically instructed to do so.
  • Get a good night’s rest before your surgery.
  • Bathe or shower and wash your hair the night before or morning of surgery.
  • Notify your surgeon if there are any changes in your physical condition prior to surgery such as a cold, fever or infection.
  • Do not take any medications prior to your surgery unless you have been instructed to do so.
  • Do not wear fingernail polish, makeup, earrings or jewelry. Leave all valuables at home.
  • Wear loose, casual clothing that is easily removed and can be folded.
  • Bring a case for glasses or contacts. They must be removed if you are scheduled for an anesthetic. We will provide a container for dentures.
  • You will be asked to sign a Consent for Surgery, which is necessary before any surgical procedure can be performed. Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for signing this form.
  • Children may want to bring a favorite toy, doll or blanket. A parent will be allowed to remain with the child until the time of surgery.
  • If you are scheduled to remain in the Short Stay area after the surgical procedure, bring only those possessions necessary for personal comfort: bathrobe, slippers, toothbrush, etc.

Pre-Operative Instructions for Medications

Stop taking these medications five to seven days before surgery:

Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Mortin, Excedrin, Celebrex, Bextra, Mobic, Vitamin E, Omega-3 (fish oil), Garlic, Ginger, Flax Seed, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Glucosamine, Green Tea, weight loss or diet medications.

You may use Tylenol for pain.

You will need to discontinue taking medications inhibiting coagulation, including aspirin, Plavix and Coumadin 1 week before surgery if possible. Lovenox should be discontinued the day prior to surgery. If you have been prescribed blood thinner as list above – please check with your medical doctor prior to discontinuing the medication.

Please check with your physician if you are taking any steroids, methotrexate or other medications for rheumatoid arthritis.

The Day of Surgery

  • Please plan to arrive at the time you are instructed.
  • A member of the anesthesia department will visit with you before surgery if you are scheduled to have an anesthetic.
  • Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home. For your safety, you should have someone stay with you until the next morning.
  • For the comfort and convenience of all, we ask that you limit your visitors in the waiting area to two. Please leave small children at home.
  • Menorah Medical Center is a smoke-free environment.