Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take my usual daily medication?
You will be contacted by your pre-admission nurse to discuss which medications to take the day of surgery. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your blood sugar at the Center. You should be contacted before your surgery leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take. Please bring all your medications with you or bring a complete list of your current medications including dosages.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.

Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. You should bring these medications with you the day of surgery. Please call us with any questions you may have.

May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?
To maximize the comfort of all visitors, we ask that adult patients be accompanied by one person.

When a patient is a child often two parents and/or guardians will accompany him or her to the Center. We will do our best to accommodate everyone.

Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.