Every surgery or procedure is different. The information provided below are general guidelines for before and after your surgery or procedure. If at any time, the instructions below are different from those given to you by your physician or nurse, always defer to the instructions from the medical professional. If you are unsure, or have any questions, please ask your physician or nurse.
Pre-Operative Instructions – Before Your Surgery or Procedure
- Sometime before the day of your procedure, a staff member from Fulton Medical Center will call you to confirm your procedure time. They will also ask you questions regarding current or past medical conditions, allergies and medications you are taking.
- Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have and be sure to let the staff know of any special needs.
- Your doctor or nurse will instruct you as to what time you are to stop eating and drinking prior to your procedure. It is imperative that you follow this instruction.
- If you take medication for any condition, ask your doctor and/or nurse whether or not to take it the day of your procedure.
- For women, if there is any possibility you are pregnant, please notify your doctor and nurse.
- Notify your physician of any change in your health, such as a cold, fever or sore throat.
- For your safety, please arrange for an adult to drive you home afterwards.
Day of Your Surgery or Procedure
- Please arrive one hour before your appointment. If you were given specific pre-surgery instructions from your physician’s office and did not follow them, please understand that we may need to reschedule your appointment.
- Please bring your insurance identification cards. If special financial arrangements are necessary, please call Fulton Medical Center prior to admission.
- Be sure to bring any paperwork your doctor gave you, such as test results or your medical history, and a list of medications you are taking.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
- Upon arrival, you will change into a gown and slippers which we provide. You will be asked to remove contact lenses, dentures and any prosthesis.
Post-Operative Instructions – In the Recovery Area
- After the procedure, you will be moved to a recovery area where you will be closely monitored until you are ready to go home.
- When you are awake, you are allowed visitors. Although times vary, most patients are discharged 1 to 3 hours after surgery.
- It is normal to feel discomfort in the area of your surgery. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness, depending on the type of anesthesia you received.
At Home After Your Procedure
- You surgeon will provide specific instructions for care while recovering at home. In the event of any difficulty, please call your surgeon.
- For the first 24 hours following your procedure, do not engage in strenuous activities, drink alcoholic beverages, drive or make critical decisions.
- A nurse from Fulton Medical Center will call you within a day or two to evaluate how you are recovering at home.