Discuss with Dr. Hansen which of your usual medication you should NOT take prior to your surgery.

Heart medications can be taken with just a sip of water.

Blood thinners such as Warfarin (Coumidin), Plavix, Asprin need to be stopped several days before: Coumidin – 5 days, Plavix – 12 days, Asprin – 7 days. You may need to discuss these with your prescribing physician to be sure it is safe enough to stop these. Call if you have any questions.

Diabetes medications should not be taken within 12 hours unless you are instructed to do so.

Use your asthma or other lung inhalers in the morning and be sure to bring them with you.

If you use oxygen at home, bring it.

If you use CPAP at home, bring it.

What to Wear

Wear loose clothes that are easy to remove and get into.

Don’t wear make up, perfume or jewelry of any kind.

Don’t wear contacts, but if you must bring a container to keep them in.


Don’t eat or drink or smoke anything after midnight before your surgery unless otherwise instructed. This includes mints, candy, gum, vitamins etc. Any material in the stomach is a risk for aspiration. If you vomit during your procedure and are unable to clear your airway then it can get into your lungs and become a life threatening condition.

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