Preparing Yourself for Surgery

Surgery can be frightening, but there are steps you can take to help prevent complications. 

Before your surgery, you should tell your surgeon about anything that might put you at additional risk for developing an infection. Be sure to tell your surgeon if you:

  • Feel like you're getting a cold or the flu
  • Smoke
  • Are diabetic
  • Haven't been eating well, or don't follow a balanced diet

On the day or night before your surgery:

  • Don't shave the area where surgery will be performed—this can irritate your skin and make it vulnerable to infection. Check with your surgeon or nurse at your pre-op appointment to see if shaving your face is OK.
  • Keep warm. Being cold has been associated with a higher risk of developing surgical infections. Wear warm clothes going to the hospital, and if it's cold outside, be sure to heat up your car before you get in.  
  • Follow the pre-surgery directions given to you by your physician. 

Throughout it all, know that your doctor is taking every precaution to keep you safe and healthy.