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Preparing for Surgery

Before your operation, please read and follow these guidelines carefully.

  • You will need to complete a medical history screening form prior to surgery and return it to Parham Surgery Center as soon as possible. Depending on the type of anesthesia scheduled and your medical history, you may require additional lab work, a chest X-ray or an EKG. A nurse at Parham Surgery Center will discuss this with you and set it up to be done if necessary.
  • A nurse at Parham Surgery Center will call you two days before your surgery to notify you of your arrival time and review any preoperative instructions. Custodial parent or guardian for all minors MUST sign consent forms. Patients who will require an interpreter/translator shall make it known as soon as scheduled for arrangements.
  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING (including water) after midnight before your operation – including mints, chewing gum and vitamins. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR SAFETY. Smokers are encouraged not to smoke for 24 hours prior to surgery. If you eat or drink before your surgery, your operation will be cancelled. Please phone the surgery center if you have questions.
  • YOU MUST arrange for someone to drive you home if you have received any sedation. YOU MAY NOT LEAVE THE CENTER IN A CAB. Those having general anesthesia must arrange for a responsible adult to care for them through the night after surgery. If extenuating circumstances arise; please call Parham Surgery Center the day before your operation.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables including rings, earrings, and watches at home. Body piercings must be removed. Please wear comfortable, loose clothing including cotton underpants. You will be changing into a loose fitting gown supplied by Parham Surgery Center.
  • Remove nail polish, makeup and contact lens. If you require eyeglasses for reading, please bring them.