The Day of Surgery

  • Take another bath or shower with Hibiclens or any antibacterial soap, to reduce the chance of infection
  • Take heart and blood pressure medications as advised by the perioperative team with a small sip of water. Do not take diuretics or fluid pills.
  • You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth, but do not swallow any water
  • Do not apply perfume, powder, body lotions or deodorant on the day of surgery
  • If you choose to wear makeup, it should be minimal. Limit mascara. No false eye lashes. Nail polish should be removed.
  • Wear comfortable clothes, such as a button front shirt and loose fitting pants
  • Leave all jewelry, including body piercings and valuables at home
  • Hairpins and clasps must be removed before you enter the operating room
  • You may wear glasses, dentures and hearing aids before and after surgery. They may need to be removed before going into the operating room. Contact lenses worn before surgery must be removed before entering the operating room. Please bring a case for your hearing aids, glasses and/or contacts.
  • Bring any devices you will need after surgery such as crutches or canes
  • If you have sleep apnea, please bring your CPAP machine
  • If you have an implantable device, such as a pacemaker or AICD, please bring the device information card

In the event that your physical condition changes including the onset of a cold or respiratory illness, or if you have to delay or cancel your surgery, please notify your surgeon. If it is after hours the day before OR the day of your surgery, please notify the center where your surgery is scheduled.

Day of Surgery Check List

If you have not received your arrival time, please call 504-842-2580 or 866-727-1910 after 12:00 p.m. the day prior to surgery (Friday if your surgery is Monday).

Things To Bring With You:

  • Insurance card
  • Copy of Advance Directives
  • List of medications and allergies, if not already provided
  • Forms or x-rays your physician has given you
  • Name and phone number of person to contact should your condition change significantly
  • Case for eye glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids
  • Crutches, cane, CPAP machine and other equipment you may need after surgery
  • Pacemaker or AICD information card
  • Diabetic medication instructions

Be sure to arrange for a responsible person to drive you home.

If you are having surgery at Ochsner Baptist, view the Ochsner Baptist Surgery Guide.

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