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Preparing for Surgery


Being prepared lays the groundwork for a very good surgical experience at Parkridge Surgery Center. We strive to provide you with the best service available. If for any reason you are not satisfied, ask to speak with the Clinical Director or Administrator. We will try to correct the situation by addressing your grievance. You are very important to us.

The Do’s and Don’ts
  • Do not take aspirin, aspirin products or herbal medications for 7-10 days prior to surgery, unless otherwise directed by your surgeon.
  • Do take your heart, seizure, breathing and high blood pressure medications with a sip of water either the night before or morning of your surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. General anesthesia or sedation will not be administered if you have had anything to eat or drink unless instructed to do so by your surgeon.
  • Following surgery, you will not be able to operate a motor vehicle. Please bring a responsible adult (over 18 years of age) who can drive you home. Your surgery may be cancelled if you do not have a responsible adult over the age of 18 to drive you home and to stay with you for the next 24 hours.
  • If you are under 18 years of age and a dependent, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign your consent form giving you permission to have your surgery.
  • Do not wear make-up, contact lenses, nail polish, jewelry (including wedding rings and body piercings), cologne, perfume or perfumed products, or hair grooming products to the surgery center. 
  • You may shower and shampoo your hair the night before or morning of your surgery. You may brush your teeth.
  • Wear clothing that is easy to change since you will be required to change into a hospital gown. 
  • Remember, you will be required to remove all undergarments prior to your surgical procedure.
  • Do bring any items such as immobilizers, slings, abdominal binders, post-op shoes, crutches, etc. that your surgeon has instructed you to bring. We will keep them for you until you are discharged.