Before Your Surgery
Medications and Diet at Home
Be sure to follow your doctor's pre-surgery guidelines. This may include special instructions for diet, medicines or bowel preparation.
Talk with your surgeon if you are taking any "blood thinning" medicines such as Warfarin, Coumadin®, Lovenox®, or Heparin. These types of drugs can increase your risk of bleeding. You will have to stop taking NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) prior to surgery.
Please contact your doctor to confirm when to stop taking these medicines. This may be anywhere from two to 14 days before your surgery. If you are diabetic, please ask your doctor about taking your insulin on the day of surgery. If you did not receive instructions, please do the following:
Two Weeks Before Your Surgery
Telephone pre-registration helps ease check-in on the day of surgery. Please call 312-926-2950 and have the following information available when you call:
Please register at least two business days before your surgery.
Call from the Pre-Op Nurse
On the day before your surgery (or on Friday before a Monday surgery), a preoperative nurse may call you. The nurse will discuss:
You will be directed to come to one of the following locations on the day of surgery:
(Campus Map, Driving Directions)
During the call with the nurse, please ask the nurse any questions you have about your procedure.
The nurse may refer you to your surgeon for questions about your specific surgery. Should you have a question later on, you may call the pre-op nurse. You may use the numbers listed above to reach a nurse at your surgery center.
Day Before Your Surgery
It is important to arrange to have an adult take you home after surgery.
It is also helpful to designate a family spokesperson who can update family members/friends about your condition after surgery (we cannot share any medical information about you by phone to outside callers).
What to Bring to Your Hospital Stay
Plan to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will fit over bandages and splints.
Family or friends may bring the following items to pass the time:
For safety and privacy reasons, children under the age of 16 may not visit in the surgical patient care areas. Those under age 16 should not be left alone in the Waiting Room; a responsible adult other than the patient must supervise them.