Prior to proceeding with surgery additional evaluations may be necessary for medical clearance to ensure your safety. This may include blood work, an EKG and x-rays. We may ask your primary care physician and any other physician that cares for you to help us with this evaluation. A letter from those physicians may be necessary stating that you are cleared to have surgery with a general anesthetic. Additionally, it may be necessary to evaluate you for Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA). This is usually done with a nasal swab. If you have had a previous Staph infection, please report this to Dr. Lenarz and his staff prior to undergoing any surgical procedure.
Unless otherwise instructed by the surgery center nurses, you should not eat after midnight the night before your surgery. Your stomach must remain empty prior to a general anesthetic or there is a risk of aspiration and subsequent pneumonia.
If having shoulder surgery, do NOT apply deodorant to the operative shoulder the day of surgery.
You will not be able to drive a vehicle after having had a general anesthetic. It will be necessary to have someone drive you to and from your surgery. We also advise that someone be available to stay with you for a minimum of the first 24 hours following outpatient surgery.
If having a surgery on your leg, please review the DVT Safety Instructions.