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Pre- and Post-Surgery Instructions

General guidelines are provided for you to follow both pre- and post-surgery. In addition, you may select your doctor for specific instructions related to your surgery.

Jayesh Patel, MD - pre- and post-op instructions
Adam Schneider, MD - pre-op instructions

Day of Surgery:
• Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your surgery, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
• Do not smoke.
• If you wear contact lenses, please take them out or bring your lens holder.
• Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
• Dentures may be worn until we ask that you take them out.
• If you are going to stay in the hospital overnight or in the ICU, please leave all your belongings with your family until you have a room on the surgical unit.
• Please shower with the soap given to you before you go to bed and again the morning on the day of your surgery, if ordered.  Do not get this soap in your eyes or ears.
• Your family should wait in the surgery waiting area during your surgery.  Two visitors are allowed in the pre-operative area while you are waiting on surgery.

Important Reminders:
• You must bring your driver's license or state issued ID card. Your name will be listed on your medical record exactly as it appears on this card.
• Please have a responsible adult with you to drive you home after surgery
• If you do not follow instructions about NOT eating or drinking and having an adult to drive you home, your surgery may be canceled.
• Wear loose fitting clothes the day of surgery
• A parent or legal guardian must be with any unmarried patient under the age of 18 years old.
• Your anesthesia practitioner may attempt to phone you the night before your surgery.
• Please bring a list of your current medications
• Please bring a list of prior surgeries and the dates the surgeries were performed.

Going Home After Day Surgery:
• When you are discharged, you MUST be accompanied by someone who can drive you home
• It is important to have someone stay with you the first 24 hours after your surgery
• The average length of stay is five to six hours from admission to discharge.
• If needed, you doctor may decide to admit you to the hospital, we will contact your family to make plans for your stay.


1327 Troup Highway • Tyler, Texas  75701 • (903) 510-8840