Arranging for Help Before and After
- You will need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after your procedure. This must be someone 18 years of age or older.
- You will need a responsible adult with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.
- Not applicable for GI patients.
- Vacuum floors.
- Dust all surfaces.
- Change bed linen.
- Clean tub, shower and bathroom surfaces using a product that contains bleach.
- Change the air handling filter.
- Not applicable for GI patients.
- Take 3 antibacterial showers. Shower the morning and night before surgery and the day of surgery.
- Use an antibacterial soap or Hibiclens®. Lather the entire body and avoid the face.
- Rinse well and dry off thoroughly using a clean, fresh towel each time you shower.
- Shampoo hair if having surgery on the neck, head or face, preferably using Head & Shoulders or a dandruff control shampoo.
- Do not apply hairspray, makeup, powders, lotion or creams. After showering the morning of surgery, wear freshly laundered clothing.
- For eye or lid surgery, clean around the eye, lashes and lids with mild pH soap such as baby shampoo, Selsun Blue or a commercially available product for this purpose.
- The presence of artificial nails increases the risk of post-operative infections. Please remove artificial nails to decrease your risk.
- DO NOT SHAVE underarms, legs, face or other areas with a razor within three days prior to surgery, as this increases the risk of post-operative infections. If shaving is necessary, please use a hair removal cream or agent only.
What Not to Do
- Do not wear loose fitting shoes without a back such as flip-flops or Crocs.
- Do not wear any lotion or perfume.
- Remove and leave all jewelry and body piercings at home. Any body piercing left in could result in a cancellation of your procedure.
- Leave valuables at home.
- Do not have gum, mints, cough drops or hard candy. If you do, it can result in your procedure being delayed or canceled.
- Diabetic patients: Please follow your physician’s instructions regarding diabetic medications. DO NOT TAKE Specifically check your instructions when to stop taking GLUCOPHAGE or medications containing METFORMIN.
What to Bring
- For admission, you must MUST bring your current insurance card(s) along with a valid state or federal issued photo ID.
- Please bring a case for your glasses or contacts, as you will not be able to wear them during your procedure.
- If you have asthma, or use an inhaler, please bring your inhaler with you.
- If you use a CPAP/ BPAP device or portable oxygen, please bring it with you.
At the Center
- Due to limited seating in our waiting rooms, there is a limit of 2 visitors per patient at FL Campus and 1 visitor per patient at GR Campus.
- Please inform your physician or someone at Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center if you have any special communication needs prior to admission.
- Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center is a smoke-free and tobacco-free facility.
- Please notify our staff if you have any religious or cultural issues that would affect your healthcare.
- Your arrival time will be given by your physician office or you will receive a call from Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center. Arrival times are not confirmed until the day prior to your procedure.
Eating and Drinking
- Instructions for eating and drinking are given to you by your physician’s office and should be followed as instructed.
- Ask your physician if you may have clear liquids.
- The following are considered clear liquids: clear juices (apple), black coffee, tea, soda, water, Jell-o.
- The following are not considered clear liquids: cream, citrus, milk, red or purple liquids, alcoholic beverages.
Notify Your Physician If…
- You have experienced any health changes since your last visit.
- You take any medications including aspirin, blood thinners, herbs, vitamins or any over-the-counter products.
- You have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator.