1. No solid food after 10:00pm EST the night before surgery.
  2. Patients may have clear liquids up to four hours before surgery – these include water, coffee/tea without cream, soda, apple juice.
  3. Infants (less than one year) may have clear liquids up to four hours before surgery, breast milk up to six hours before surgery. No formula after 10:00pm EST the night before surgery.
  4. No alcoholic beverages the day before or the day of your procedure.
  5. Patients are to take all usual medications with sips of water on the morning of surgery for:
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart problems
  • Hypothyroidism (thyroid problems)
  • Seizure problems
  • Lung problems
  • Acid reflux
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Diabetes: no oral diabetes medication – if on insulin, take half a dose of the usual morning insulin. If on an insulin pump, the patient should continue the pump on the basal (overnight) rate and bring an extra skin-insertion patch. These patients should be scheduled as early in the day as possible and should check their blood sugar at home prior to arrival
  1. Anticoagulants/Antiplatelet drugs – you will receive specific instructions from your surgeon regarding these drugs. Also, patients who are on antiplatelet drugs and have Intracoronary Stents in place MUST have a cardiology consultation regarding the management of their antiplatelet/anticoagulant medications PRIOR TO the surgery (if they are going to receive general anesthesia for their surgery).
  2. In addition, patients are not to take the following on the day of surgery:
  • Diuretics (water pills)
  • Oral diabetic medications you take as a pill.