What to Expect

You will receive ample information after setting up an appointment for surgery. Each surgical procedure is different. Generally, these lists are good to keep in mind for pre-op and post-op concerns.


Prior to surgery:

  • 1 week prior: do not take NSAIDs such as aspirin
  • 1 week prior: ask your surgeon about medications you are taking
  • 72 hours prior: do not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs
  • 72 hours prior: find someone who can drive you to and from the Center on the day of surgery
  • 24 hours prior: pack a light bag with comfortable clothing for when you are discharged, and a small bag to place glasses, dentures, or other small items
  • 8 hours prior: do not eat
  • 1 hour prior: please arrive 1 hour before your surgery time




After surgery:

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery the day after your surgery
  • Rest and allow yourself extra time for normal activity
  • Realize that tiredness and some discomfort is normal
  • Take pain medication as prescribed by your doctor
  • Follow all post-op care as instructed
  • Call your doctor if you develop a fever, infection or abnormal drainage
  • Do not skip post-surgery appointments you’ve made with your doctor
  • Call 911 for emergencies

Ask your nurses and doctor any additional questions you may have. The Island Ambulatory Surgery Center staff is here to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the phases of your procedure.