How can I prepare for my surgery?

Careful attention to the following instructions will help ensure your comfort and reduce the possibility of complications. Failure to comply will cause your surgery to be postponed or cancelled.

No solid food after midnight. You may drink clear liquids up to 6 hours prior to your arrival time. No chewing gum, tobacco or mints 6 hours prior to your arrival time. Medications for blood pressure, heart conditions, asthma or emphysema may be taken with a small sip of water at their usual prescribed times. Undigested food in the stomach can cause complications and your surgery is likely to be postponed for your own safety.

Please be prepared to list all medications you are currently taking and bring any with you that you may need during your stay here such as an inhaler or insulin.

Bathe or shower and brush your teeth (taking care not to swallow any water) the morning of surgery. This will help to minimize the chance of infection.

Remove all mascara, eye make-up, nail polish, contacts and jewelry. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that can be easily removed and put back on. Leave all your valuables at home. Alcohol is best avoided one to two days prior to your surgery.

You must have a responsible adult come with you the day of surgery and remain at the center while you are in surgery. This person will drive you home. For your own safety and protection, you will not be allowed to drive after surgery. Similarly, arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for the first night following surgery. In the case of young children having surgery, it is best to have someone along with the driver to help care for the child on the trip home.

If you suspect that you are pregnant, or that there is any possibility of being pregnant, please notify your doctor and anesthesiologist. Anesthesia and medications may be harmful to your developing baby.

If you experience any health changes between your recent visit to your doctor and the day of your procedure, notify your doctor. Please report even minor changes such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold.

You are expected to arrive no later than one hour before your surgery time to allow us ample time to prepare you for surgery. Your surgeon will tell you the arrival time.

Young children having surgery are to have at least one parent or guardian in the facility throughout the surgery procedure. Please feel free to bring any stuffed animal or security blanket for added reassurance. Children may come in their pajamas. Please bring whatever bottle or tippy cup your child uses if they can't drink from a cup.

Diagnostic studies and lab work will be determined by your doctor's office. They will schedule these studies for you and discuss where these studies can be performed. Please inform the facility performing your studies to fax the results to McGee Eye Surgery Center (405-232-6002) prior to your surgery date.

If we have not reached you by noon the day prior to your surgery to review your medical history, preoperative instructions, please call: (405) 232-8696.

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