Instructions Before Surgery
You will be given detailed instructions by your surgeon to prepare you for your procedure. If you or your child develop any sign of illness up to 3 weeks before the date of surgery (fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, wheezing), notify your surgeon immediately. If you are taking medications, please ask your surgeon for specific instructions.
IMPORTANT: Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for 2 weeks before your surgery as it causes thinning of the blood. Tylenol may be taken if needed before surgery.
INFANTS:Stop all solid or pureed foods 8 hours before surgery
Stop all formula and milk 6 hours before surgery
Stop breast milk 4 hours before surgery
Stop Pedialyte, apple juice or water 2 hours before arrival
CHILDREN:Stop solid foods 8 hours before surgery
Stop milk 6 hours before surgery
Stop clear fluids (apple juice or water only) 2 hours before arrival
TEENAGERS AND ADULTS:Stop all food and drink (except water or apple juice) at 10pm on the night before surgery
Stop water and apple juice 4 hours before surgery
Day of Surgery
Please bring the following on the day of surgery:
Any medical forms given to you by your surgeon
Your health insurance card and driver’s license or photo ID
Medications: If medications are required after surgery, they will be available on the day of surgery at VM Pharmacy, located in the same Skypark Complex near Cove Surgery Center (Building 7). Please contact your surgeon's office if you would prefer a different pharmacy.
For your safety, please arrange for an adult family member or friend to pick you up and take you home. Do not use a taxi or other car service.
Your surgeon will provide you with post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest and medication. In the event of any difficulties, please call your surgeon immediately.
A representative from Cove Surgery Center will call after surgery to inquire about your recovery.