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Preoperative Instructions

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Things to Do Before Scheduled Surgery at the Surgery Center/Hospital

After the surgery is scheduled, the surgery center staff will contact you for health information and further instructions.

Important Guidelines to Review:

  • Report any illnesses to Dr. Chu that develop before the planned date of surgery. Some patients may need to postpone surgery. if you have a cold, fever or sore throat please call the office as soon as possible.

  • Wear comfortable clothes to the Hospital/ Surgery Center.

  • Don’t Wear makeup, so your anesthesiologist can easily monitor your skin tone.

  • Bring your medications, including insulin and inhalers.

  • Arrange for transportation after the surgery. You cannot drive yourself home if you receive Anesthesia. You may need a driver for several days after surgery-including the trip home from the hospital.

  • Have help at home. Depending on the amount and type of anesthesia you receive, you will probably need help for at least 24 hours after surgery.

  • Typically, the night before surgery, nothing to eat or drink (NPO) after midnight. NPO status may change based on time of surgery and age of the patient. Ask Dr. Chu or the Anesthesia preoperative nurse about this.

If you have any questions, please call our office 512-320-9915

Don't Forget to Complete the forms for the Surgery Center!


Will my insurance cover the procedure?

We will make every effort to verify insurance and provide you with the insurance company's response to our inquiry. Please be aware that you are responsible for the costs of the procedure based on your insurance plan.
Please call if you have questions or concerns 512-320-9915

Things to Do Before Office Procedures

Temporarily stop some medications, vitamins, herbs, and alcohol.

Your doctor may suggest you stop using certain medications, herbs, supplements, and alcohol, which can cause bleeding during and after the procedure. Two weeks before the procedure, stop taking the following:

  • Aspirin products including Advil®, Motrin®, Aleve®

  • Herbs including gingko biloba, ginseng, and garlic tablets

  • Vitamins including vitamin E

  • Alcohol including beer, wine, and liquor

If you are taking prescription blood thinners, discuss this with your physician.

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