Stop Smoking and Drinking
We recommend quitting smoking several weeks before your surgery and avoiding alcohol for at least three days prior. Smoking can cause nausea and aggravate the lungs during surgery. Furthermore, it slows recovery.
Avoid Sun Exposure
We recommend avoiding direct sun exposure or receiving fake tans before surgery. It is best if your skin is in its natural state to ensure the best results for your surgery.
Enlist Friends or Family
You cannot drive after your surgery, so you will need to plan for someone to drive you to and from your surgery. We also recommend having someone stay with you for at least the first night after your procedure to assist you as you recover.
Bring Insurance and Paperwork
As with any surgery, you will need your healthcare paperwork, insurance, and a personal ID card. We also recommend a copy of legal paperwork, such as a healthcare proxy and emergency contact information.
Do Not Eat or Drink After Midnight
Most surgeries require you not to eat or drink after midnight the day before. Dr. Coville will discuss any specific instructions during your pre-op consultation.
Under anesthesia, you will not have the reflexes to cough. If food or liquids gets in your lungs, you will be unable to react, which can put your life at risk. For your safety, please follow Dr. Coville’s instructions regarding food and drink before the surgery.