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Surgery-What to Expect
Baptist Health Surgical Services
The physicians and caregivers of Baptist Health Surgical Services welcome you. This information about what you can expect is just one of the ways we hope to make your surgery experience as pleasant as possible. If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
Pre-Operative Testing And Examination
- Do not have anything to eat or drink (no food, water, gum, smokeless tobacco products, mints, coffee, juice) from midnight on the night before your surgery. It is recommended that some medications be taken the morning of your surgery when you first awaken. Discuss with your physician which medications to take and which to hold.
- If you smoke, discuss with your physician when you must stop for your surgery. Tobacco products are not allowed on Baptist Health property. It is advised that you stop smoking or using tobacco products at least by midnight the night before your surgery.
- Use no alcohol 24 hours before and after your surgery.
- You may brush your teeth and gargle on the morning of surgery but do not swallow any water.
- Please do not wear make-up creams, lotions, or moisturizers.
- Wear only comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that does not go over your head. Remove hairpins, wigs and all body jewelry.
- A picture ID (example Driver’s License) and insurance card are needed on arrival.
- Leave all valuables at home. Baptist Health will not be responsible for lost items.
- If you are planning to discharge the same day as your surgery, you must have a responsible adult stay at the hospital during your surgery and drive you home. You are not to drive for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
- We strongly recommend that you have a responsible adult stay at home with you for the first 24 hours after surgery, however, if you have a general anesthetic, you must have a responsible adult at home with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery.
- Pediatric patients must have one guardian here at all times. Please bring diapers, bottle or sippy cup, and one favorite toy or blanket. Do not bring milk products or formula.
- Notify your physician if you have any change in your condition especially a fever, cold, flu, or exposure to a contagious disease.
Pre-Operative Bathing Instructions
- Hibiclens is not to be used on the head or face, keep out of eyes, ears and mouth.
- Hibiclens is not to be used in the genital area.
- Hibiclens should not be used if you are allergic to chlorhexidine gluconate or any other ingredients in this preparation.
- Wash your hair as usual with your normal shampoo. Rinse your hair and body thoroughly afterward to remove the residue.
- Wash your face with regular soap or water only.
- Wash your genital area with regular soap or water only.
- Thoroughly rinse your body with warm water from the neck down.
- Turn off the water to prevent rinsing the CHG soap off too soon.
- Apply the minimum amount of Hibiclens necessary to cover the skin. Use Hibiclens as you would any other liquid soap. Wash gently with the Hibiclens using a washcloth for five minutes.
- The soap is only effective if it remains on the skin for at least five minutes before being rinsed off.
- Turn the water back on and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Do not use regular soap after applying and rinsing the Hibiclens.
- Pat yourself dry with a clean soft towel after each shower.
- Do not apply lotion, powder or perfumes.
- Put on clean, freshly washed clothes.