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Make Sure You Are Fasting

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your surgery. It is important to have a completely empty stomach before anesthesia for safety reasons, as it can reduce the body’s ability to prevent food or stomach acids from entering the lungs.

Wear Comfortable Clothing

Dress in comfortable clothes that button down the front and avoid garments such as turtlenecks or pullovers that may contact your face. Leave your valuables such as jewelry and watches at home.

Arrive Clean and Makeup-Free

Shower and wash your hair on the morning of surgery or the night before. Wash your face thoroughly with mild soap and warm water. Do not wear any makeup or contact lenses. If you wear dentures, leave them in.

What to Expect Upon Admission?

On the morning of your surgery, you will be admitted to the surgery center, where you will remove your street clothes and don a hospital gown. An IV will be placed in your arm, through which you will receive your perioperative medication such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and anti-anxiety medication.

In the Operating Room

A nurse will escort you to the operating room and remain with you throughout the entire procedure. The nurse can answer any questions you may have about the surgery or what happens afterwards.

After Surgery

It is important to have a responsible family member or friend available to drive you home after surgery, as you may still be somewhat affected by the anesthesia. It is dangerous to drive home by yourself and therefore it is not permitted. Please contact us if you need assistance in arranging postoperative transportation.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

I hope this update finds all of you safe and healthy. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are limiting appointments to those that are necessary only (lacerations or emergencies that do not require a visit to the ER, immediate post-operative patients, etc.). We are still answering calls and email inquiries, so feel free to reach out with any questions or urgent requests. We are also offering virtual consultations via FaceTime or Skype to get your process started until we can see you preoperatively. Although these are difficult decisions, we feel this is important for the good of our community, our patients and their families. If you are currently scheduled to come into the office in the next few weeks, our Patient Care Specialist will be in touch with you regarding the status of your appointment or surgery.

This is an incredibly fluid and evolving situation, but we will return to our normal operations when it is safe to do so. We really appreciate your patience. Just remember that we are all in this together and that we will get through this.

Dr. Kim

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