Preparing for Your Surgery
  • Insurance

Insurance companies differ in their requirements for surgery authorization. Please contact your insurance company to notify them of your upcoming surgery. Ask how to best proceed in obtaining authorization and how much of the cost will be covered. If you require any assistance, please call (86) 21 5155 1858 extension 8415 for information about inpatient and outpatient surgery.

  • Pre-Surgical Appointments

Be sure to go to any pre-surgery appointments your surgeon sets up for you. If you fail to show up for these appointments, your surgery may be cancelled.

  • Pain Management

Before your surgery, be sure to discuss with your surgeon how any pain you may experience as a result of your surgery will be controlled.

  • Important Pre-Surgery Instructions

Before your surgery, your surgeon will give you instructions concerning food and liquids. It is very important that you follow these directions, so the surgery or procedure may proceed as planned.

Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to surgery. It is never a good idea to smoke, but it is especially important that you do not smoke after midnight prior to having surgery. Smoking can cause gastric secretions that interfere with the anesthetic you take to go to sleep during surgery. It is also a good idea not to smoke after surgery as it can impede healing. It is never a good idea to take illegal drugs, but it is vitally important not to take them within 24 hours of your surgery.

Several weeks before your surgery, ask your surgeon if you should stop taking:

  • Medications that contain aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve (naproxen), ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • Anticoagulants such as Coumadin, Plavix, Lovenox, and Heparin
  • Allergy medications
  • Herbs and vitamins
  • Birth control pills

Here are some other pre-surgery instructions you need to follow:

  • Bring a written list of the medications you are taking, as well as the dosages and frequency with which you take these medications.
  • Shower or bathe no more than 12 hours prior to your surgery using an antimicrobial soap. If your physician instructed you to use disposable wipes or a special soap, please do so according to those instructions.
  • If possible, obtain prescriptions for post-operative medications before surgery, have them filled, and begin taking them as soon you get home.
  • If you are having outpatient surgery, ask your surgeon's office whether you should make your postoperative appointments before your surgery or right after your surgery.
  • If you are being admitted to the hospital after surgery, make your postoperative appointments at the time you are discharged.
  • If you develop a cold, fever or other illness prior to your procedure, contact your surgeon's office. Your surgery may need to be rescheduled.
  • Arrange to have a responsible adult accompany you the day of surgery, remain in the hospital during your surgery, and, if you are an outpatient, take you home after your surgery. If you are an inpatient, arrange to have a responsible adult take you home when you are discharged.
  • Have the responsible adult who accompanies you hold on to your valuables such as eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids, money, credit card and jewelry while you are in surgery.

To assist those in imminent danger and immediate need, we may need to delay or even cancel your surgery. In such an event, we will appreciate your understanding.

Pre-Surgery Checklist 
We encourage you to complete this checklist before leaving home:

  • NO jewelry is being worn
  • A responsible adult is accompanying you and a ride home has been arranged
  • Instructions for not eating/drinking have been followed
  • Special wipes or soaps have been used to cleanse site of surgery (if instructed by surgeon)