Pre-Operative Instructions


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The procedure will be performed using local anesthesia.  There are generally no restrictions following the procedure and in most instances the patient can drive and even return to work.

  • Please eat a normal breakfast or lunch as applicable.
  • Please continue taking all daily medications as recommended by your physician, including Plavix, Aspirin or Coumadin.
  • If you are required to use an antibiotic prophylaxis due to certain heart conditions or a prosthetic joint replacement, please take a full dose one hour before treatment.
In order to obtain the desired result from therapy and to minimize swelling and discomfort, please follow these instructions:

DO NOT
  • DO NOT take Aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, etc.) for one (1) week prior to surgery. These drugs prolong bleeding and increase swelling. Please use Tylenol instead.
  • Avoid coffee, tea or other beverages containing caffeine the entire day of surgery. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 2 days before and 4 days after surgery. Alcohol dilates blood vessels, which may result in bleeding, swelling and/or pain.
  • Do not wear contact lenses to your surgical appointment.
DO
  • On the appointment day you should take regular doses of your daily medications. If you are required to use an antibiotic prophylaxis due to certain heart conditions or prosthetic joint replacement, please take a full dose one hour before surgery.
  • If your medical doctor has prescribed any anticoagulants, including aspirin, please let us know so that we may discuss it with your MD.
  • Remember to have a light meal before leaving for the appointment.  This is especially important for those patients who have low blood sugar, diabetes or are on a diet.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Use minimal makeup.
  • Good oral hygiene promotes healing. Ensure that you have brushed and flossed your teeth prior to your surgical visit.
  • It is recommended (but not essential) that someone accompanies you to the surgical visit to assist with transportation home.
IMPORTANT:  Please call our office prior to the surgery if you have any of the following:
  • Significant increase in pain and/or swelling in the surgical area.
  • Fever over 100 F, dehydration, severe stomach upset, etc.
  • Symptoms of common cold, flu, cold sores, sinus infection, cough, sore throat or any other infection.
  • Significant changes in your health (i.e. blood pressure, heart condition, diabetes, pregnancy, etc.) or new medications.