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Preoperative Instructions

Prior to surgery, it is important that you review and follow Dr. Sailon's instructions closely. This will optimize your healing and recovery. Please call us with any questions.

4 weeks before surgery – Avoid smoking and any tobacco or nicotine use

2 weeks before surgery – Stop the following medication:

  • Aspirin – this includes Bayer, Excedrin, Bufferin, Anacin, and others.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (for example: ibuprofen, naprosyn, Motrin, Aleve, Naproxen)
    • You may take Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • Herbal supplements – May complicate your surgical procedure and increase risks.
  • High vitamin doses – A standard multivitamin is acceptable
  • Diet pills

1 week before surgery

  • Avoid alcohol, particularly red wine
  • Prepare for surgery by shopping for nutritious, high-protein, easy to prepare foods.
  • Call us with any signs of cold, flu, cough, or urinary tract infection.

The night before surgery/morning of surgery

  • Medications
    • If you received your prescriptions prior to surgery, please fill them prior to surgery.
  • Diet
    • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery
    • If you are on regular medication that must be taken daily, plan to either take them after surgery or take them prior with a small sip of water
  • Cleaning
    • Take a thorough shower with anti-bacterial soap (such as Dial) the evening prior or morning of surgery
    • Do not apply makeup, lotion, hair gels/sprays, perfumes
  • Clothing
    • Do not wear contact lenses – bring your glasses
    • Bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothing – the best are button-up tops and pull-up pants
    • Do not bring valuables
  • Escort
    • You MUST have an adult drive you home (a cab is not acceptable)
    • It is best to have someone available to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours to assist you in the initial stages of recovery.
  • Get a good night's rest! You are in great hands!




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