Northwest Hospital Foot & Ankle Clinic

Preparing for Surgery

Taking the proper steps to prepare for your surgery can significantly reduce your pre-operative anxiety and ensure you make a quick recovery. You surgeon will thoroughly discuss the implications of any surgical procedure, but please take a moment to get familiar with the following recommendations.

Your Anesthesia Interview

Before your surgery, a nurse will call you at home to review your health history and any medications you are currently taking. This interview is very important and will help your anesthesiologist and other members of the medical team make decisions about your care.

The Evening Before Surgery

On the night before and the morning of your surgery, take a shower using the antibacterial soap Hibiclens. You will also need to arrange for a ride to and from the hospital. Our newly designed operating room features a comfortable waiting room where friends and family members can wait for you while you undergo your surgery. Please avoid any foods or liquids after midnight on the evening before your scheduled surgery.

Medication Restrictions

Your physician will review with you which medications you can take before surgery. Any medications you are told to take before surgery should be swallowed with only one ounce of water, and no later than one hour before surgery.
If you are taking any of the following medications, do not go into surgery without discussing them with your physician.

  • Coumadin
  • Aspirin (or aspirin containing drugs such as Excedrin)
  • Metformin
  • NSAIDs such as ibuprofen
  • Plavix
  • Tamoxifen
  • Herbal Supplements such as fish oil
  • Enbrel
  • Remicade

What to Bring to the Hospital

  • Insurance information and photo identification
  • Advance directive
    This includes a copy of your living will or durable power of attorney. If you do not have one, please request an advance directive booklet.
  • An up to date list of any medications you are currently taking
  • Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing for your ride home
  • Any cast, boot, or surgical shoe that your surgeon has prescribed to you
  • For your trip home, crutches, scooter, or walker, if needed

Please remember to leave valuables at home.