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Before general anesthesia or IV sedation
- If you have been scheduled to have general anesthesia for your surgery it is essential that you do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours before surgery. Any liquid or solid food in your stomach during anesthesia can have life-threatening consequences. If you have accidentally eaten anything prior to surgery, inform the doctor immediately.
- Do not smoke or ingest alcoholic beverages for at least 8 hours prior to surgery.
- Please brush your teeth prior to your appointment. This will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and lower your chance of an infection.
- You must bring a responsible adult who can drive you home. You will be groggy for several hours after your surgery and unable to drive. If you have been given a prescription to take prior to surgery, make arrangements to be driven to the office. Do not drive yourself. Sedative medications can act quickly and seriously affect your driving ability.
- Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing. We recommend a shortsleeved shirt for ease in taking your blood pressure and applying monitors. A T-shirt, sweat pants and gym shoes are always a good choice.
- Take care of financial arrangements, ask questions and use the bathroom before surgery. You will be too sleepy to remember these things afterward.Call if you have any questions concerning these instructions or your scheduled appointment.
- While the thought of any surgery can be a little frightening, our patients usually find it to be a comfortable, pleasant and painless experience. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to accommodate you.
- Do NOT blow your nose for at least 7 days, as the pressure will delay or damage your sinus healing.
- If you have to sneeze, do NOT hold it back – sneeze out. Open your mouth and try to minimize the pressure in your nasal/sinus passages.
- You may use nasal decongestants, such as over-the-counter Sudafed tablets or Afrin nasal spray, to keep your passages dry, especially if you have noticed continued drainage or feel the need to blow your nose.
- Take the antibiotics prescribed by your doctor until they are finished, even if you feel fine. They protect the surgical site from infection. Also, 1 or 2 servings of yogurt or an acidophilus pro-biotic tablet are recommended daily to reduce gastrointestinal complications (like diarrhea).
- Do not drink through a straw. This creates suction, which may damage a healing clot. You may drink out of a cup, bowl or use a spoon.
- Do not smoke because smoking reduces the blood flow, contaminates the healing wound, and frequently leads to infections.