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Anorectal Surgery Pre-Op Instructions
Colon Surgery Pre-Op Instructions
Anorectal Surgery Pre-Op Instructions

These instructions are designed to make your day of surgery as stress free as possible. Please read them carefully as they are important in preparing for successful surgery.


1.  The office may ask you to have a pre-anesthesia visit or tests done several days before your procedure. This is important to ensure that everything is optimal for your anesthetic. Occasionally no testing is needed

2.  Stop aspirin and Ibuprofen containing products one week before surgery.Other blood thinners may require special instructions; if you are taking Plavix, Coumadin or other medicines to prevent or treat blood clots, please review this with your doctor. Also stop fish oil, omega-3 supplements and Vitamin E. 

3. Bowel preparation for surgery: Unless specifically instructed otherwise, we ask that you do not eat or drink anything for six (6) hours prior to surgery. Use a saline (Fleet) enema in your rectum 2 hours before leaving home on the day of surgery. This may be purchased without a prescription at any drug store.

4.  Arrive at surgery registration desk as directed.Wear loose comfortable clothing. Bring any prescription medications, especially eye drops or inhalers with you. Do not bring any valuables (such as a purse, jewelry or watch) with you. Do not wear nail polish, mascara, or contact lenses.


5. If same day discharge is expected, arrange for a responsible adult to escort you home following surgery. (You will not be discharged without one).

Following these recommendations will facilitate the operative procedure and postoperative recovery. Call the office if you have any questions. 

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