Preparing for Surgery Sequoia Surgical Pavilion

Preparing for SurgerySequoia Surgical Pavilion

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for my upcoming procedure?
Your Surgeon will provide you information prior to the day of your procedure. In addition, a Registered Nurse will contact you at least two days before your procedure to review the items you will need to do to prepare yourself.

Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery?
You refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents during your surgery. This complication is very serious and we request that you strictly abide by our recommendations. These are based on safety standards and recommendations from our anesthesiologist.

Are there different kinds of anesthesia?
There are different categories of anesthesia: general, regional, monitored anesthesia care and local anesthesia.. Regardless of the anesthesia that you receive, special anesthetic agents and techniques are used to provide a safe and speedy recovery. If there are reasonable choices available to you for your surgery, you will discuss them with your anesthesiologist before the surgery.

Do I need to visit the surgery center before surgery date?
You do not need to visit the surgery center before your procedure. However, you may call in advance to schedule a tour of the facility if you would like.

All patients will need an up-to-date medical history and physical form. Some may need blood tests, EKG or x-rays. Your surgeon will advise where you will have this done.

What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?
It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. Only essential surgery is done on pregnant patients. If there is any doubt please contact us immediately.


PLEASE bring a list of all your medications with you on the day of surgery

Should I take my usual medications?
People using inhalers should bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.

You will be instructed by both the anesthesia team and the surgeon as to which medications you must take. You can take medications as directed by the anesthesiologist the morning of surgery with a sip of water. Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. Please clarify medication instructions prior to discontinuing.

May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on surgery. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. We generally request that you stop herbal medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to include these when asked about medication.

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