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2 Weeks Before Surgery
Call your surgeon if you develop a cough, cold, sore throat or fever. 
 Contact your surgeon if you take any type of blood thinners like aspirin, Coumadin, or if you are currently taking anticoagulants. 
 Try to stop smoking at least 2 weeks before your surgery to help aid in your recovery post operatively. 
 Inform your surgeon of any medications you are currently taking. 
 Complete pre-admission testing as scheduled.

Night Before Surgery
If you eat or drink anything after these instructed times, your surgery will be canceled or delayed: 
 Eat a light dinner. 
 Do not eat or drink after midnight (12 a.m.) including gum and mints unless your surgeon instructs otherwise. 
 Do not smoke 24 hours before surgery. 
 Do not drink any alcohol after 8 pm. the night before surgery or 24 hours after surgery. 
 Do not swallow any water when brushing your teeth the morning of surgery.
If you use insulin/diabetic pills, your surgeon will give you instructions about your day-of-surgery dose and, possibly, your night before dosing. 
 Bath either the morning of or the night before your surgery. Do not apply any lotions, deodorants, powder or cosmetics.

Pre-Admission Testing 
 Pre Admission testing is available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
 Please call (757) 736-1930 or (757) 736-1931 to schedule your pre-admission appointment within 2-3 weeks of surgery. 
 Please expect your pre-admission appointment with a Registered Nurse to last an average of one-hour. 
 Bring your health insurance card for proper billing and co-payer deductible payments. 
 If you were given any pre-admission testing orders, X-rays or test results by your physician or surgeon, please bring them with you for your appointment. 
 Bring a list of your prescribed medications (not the actual pills) including medication name, dosage amount and frequency. 
 Dont forget to include over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal products. 
 Bring a list of allergies to any medications, foods, dyes, tape or latex. It is important that we know what type of reactions you have experienced with each suspected allergy. 
 You will be given specific instructions regarding which, if any, of your current medications you will need to take the morning of surgery. These may include high blood pressure, seizure, heart condition, breathing and thyroid medications. 
 Bring a copy of your Advance Directive, living will and/or medical power of attorney for health care to be placed in your chart. Copies can be made if necessary. 
 It is important that we have clear information regarding consent for surgery and/or procedures related to custody and/or guardianship. 
 Any pre-admission testing not performed at a Sentara facility or if your physicians office performs these tests, the results must be brought with you or faxed to the Pre-Admission Testing Center no later than 24-hours prior to scheduled surgery. Fax number: (757) 736-2401.

Children Having Surgery
Teddy bears are welcome! Surgery can be frightening to children, because the surroundings and experience are unfamiliar. Our SCH team works with parents to reassure their child and make them feel at ease.

We Can Help 
 Address your or your child's concerns. Please ask questions. 
 Your child will never be left alone. 
 From admitting to recovery, our staff will attend to your child.

You Can Help 
 Stay in the building at all times. 
 Stay with your child (or minor under 17 years of age) until he/she is taken to the Operating Room. A parents presence is comforting and he/she needs your support. 
 You will be reunited almost immediately following surgery. 
 Tell your child what to expect.

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