Preparing for Surgery:

We want all aspects of your surgery to go smoothly, so please follow the guidelines below to prevent any delays or cancellations.

  • A pre-op nurse will call you several days prior to your surgery to review your medical history, medications, and give you instructions regarding your procedure. 

  • Notify your Doctor or Healthcare Professional if you develop a cold, fever, respiratory infection or other illness or change in your medical condition prior to surgery.

  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your surgery, please call your surgeon’s office.

  • If you are taking a blood thinning medication, check with your physician about stopping it.

  • Make arrangements for a ride home after surgery.  You cannot drive yourself home.  You will need to provide the name and phone number of your designated driver to the admission nurse.   If you are taking a transportation service (taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc.),  you must have an adult accompany you.

 

 

The Day Before Surgery:

  • The surgery schedule is finalized the day before surgery, so you will be notified of your arrival time then.  Arrival time will be approximately one hour prior to your surgery.

  • If you are receiving anesthesia, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.  This includes water, chewing gum, candy or mints.  Eating or drinking could cause your surgery to be canceled or postponed.    

  • Any prescriptions ordered by your surgeon are sent in advance, and should be available for pick up prior to your surgery.

  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco 24 hours prior to your surgery.

  • Remove nail polish and body piercings before your surgery.

 

 

The Morning of Your Surgery:

  • Leave jewelry and large sums of money at home.

  • Please avoid using facial moisturizers, body lotion, makeup or hair spray.  If you shampoo your hair be sure that it is dry.

  • We encourage you to brush your teeth, however, do not swallow the water while rinsing. 

  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing and flat shoes.  Do not wear any undergarments with metal (i.e. zipper, clasps, clips).

  • Plan to arrive at the time you were instructed to by the pre-op call nurse.  This allows adequate time for the admission procedures.

  • Bring a storage case for glasses, contact lenses, and/or hearing aid.

  • If you were instructed by your physician to take medication on the day of your surgery, take with a small sip of water.

  • Bring your insurance card and a photo ID with you.

  • You will meet the anesthesiologist and see your surgeon before your surgery.  Any final questions can be addressed then. 

 

Following Your Surgery:

  • After surgery, you will be provided with written discharge instructions.  Of course, if you have any questions regarding your post-operative recovery, you can address them with the staff or contact your surgeon.

  • After your surgical procedure, you will remain in our recovery area for approximately 30 minutes prior to discharge.  If necessary, this time may be extended.

  • Most patients have minimal pain post-operatively.  If you do experience pain you may take extra strength acetaminophen.  Avoid ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen.

  • A nurse from Eltra will call you after your surgery to check on your progress. 

  • If you have any unexpected problems, please call your surgeon’s office. and not Eltra.  An answering service is available 24 hours a day through the office.  Do not call Eltra, since an answering service is NOT available at that number.

 

 

General Instructions for 24 hours following Anesthesia:

  • Have a family member or friend stay with you.

  • Do not drive

  • Do not sign important documents or make critical decisions.

  • Do not operate machinery, power tools or appliances (including the stove).

  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages or take recreational drugs.

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Suite 100
Florham Park, NJ 07932
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