|Because you've been scheduled for admission to the hospital for inpatient surgery on the day of surgery, you're responsible for taking certain precautions before you arrive. Specifically...
- You must not have anything to eat or drink after midnight on the night before you arrive at the hospital.
- Do not take any aspirin or other anti-inflammatory for 10 days before surgery. Occasionally these drugs can interfere with the blood's ability to clot and can actually increase the amount of bleeding during and after surgery.
- If you're on any medication - including over the counter drugs - be sure to ask your doctor whether or not you can continue taking that medication. And if not, how far in advance of surgery you must stop.
- Finally, you must be prepared to spend one or more nights in the hospital. That means bringing a bag packed with the kind of essential clothing and toiletries you feel you'll need for a period of bed rest.
- It's important that you not make any plans for activities in the days following surgery. After your time in the hospital, you will spend even more time recovering at home.
- And it's impossible to predict with 100% certainty how long you'll be in the hospital or how long you'll have to take it easy at home.
- Everyone reacts differently to even simple surgical procedures and there's no way you can predict how you'll be feeling after the procedure.
The nurse and anesthesiologist will be closely monitoring your comfort and progress. Remember, don't hesitate to ask any questions about any of the information that they've just provided.