Important Pre-Surgery Information
When you are scheduled for surgery, you will receive a call from a pre-surgical
screening nurse at Baton Rouge General. It is very important that you
follow the instructions given to you during your evaluation, or by your
surgeon about cleansing, eating and taking medications before surgery.
There may be guidelines that are specific to you, the procedure you're
having, and the surgeon performing the procedure. Failure to follow the
instructions could lead to a delay or cancelation of your procedure.
Pre-Surgery Cleansing Instructions
If you are scheduled for a surgery, it’s important that you take
steps at home to prevent a post-procedure infection. To avoid a problem,
follow these steps at home before you leave for the hospital.
You will need to purchase a bottle of
antiseptic skin cleanser (chlorhexidine gluconate-CHG). Use this as your soap when you shower the night before your procedure,
and again on the morning of your procedure. Do not use the cleanser on
your hair, face or genital area.
- Do not shave the area of your body where you will have surgery for at least
one week before your procedure. Razor blades can cause tiny nicks in your
skin, which can allow germs into your body.
- Remove all body piercing jewelry until your doctor tells you it is safe
to put back on.
*If you have a known allergy to the antibacterial skin cleanser, Hibiclens,
or cannot physically take a shower, please call your doctor's office.
Adult patients undergoing anesthesia should have nothing by mouth after
midnight the night before their procedure. For pediatric patients (including
infants), please consult with your physician about dietary restrictions
before a surgical procedure involving anesthesia.
There may be pre-surgical medication restrictions that are specific to
you, the procedure you're having, and the surgeon performing the procedure.
You might be instructed to change dosage or discontinue use of certain
medications for a period of time before your procedure. It is very important
that you follow the instructions given to you during your pre-surgical
evaluation, or by your surgeon.
Possible Medication Restrictions:
- Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and other anti-inflammatory medications
- Diabetes medications
- Blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, Lovenox, etc.
- Vitamins and other dietary supplements
- High blood pressure medication
If you have questions about your medications, call your doctor’s office.