Before Anesthesia

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink, including water after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery and 24 hours after surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office and drive them home. Arrangements should be made for someone to stay with the patient for the remainder of the day.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • If pain medications are prescribed the patient should be aware that their judgment can be impaired and should avoid driving a car or doing any activity that requires judgment while taking pain medication. Please be aware that the effects of pain medications can linger for up to 24 hours after you have discontinued their use.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing into the office, a short sleeved shirt is preferred so the surgical assistants can administer the IV and monitor your blood pressure.
  • Please do not wear contact lenses into the office the day of surgery. Jewelry and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office prior to surgery.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. DeDecker prior to your surgical date for instructions.