Before Anesthesia

Before Anesthesia

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment.
  • No smoking at least one to two weeks before surgery. Ideally, stop smoking a week after surgery as well. Smoking has a serious negative effect on your lungs and wound healing.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the waiting room during the procedure, and drive the patient home. The patient should have adult supervision and help at home until they are fully recovered where upon they can perform their routine activities of daily living without assistance in order to prevent harm to themselves or others. The suggested time is a minimum of 8 hours after surgery that the adult should be available for assisting the patient.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow and very low-heeled shoes or preferably flat soled shoes. No flip flops or beach sandals.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, facial, ear, or oral piercings, and dentures must be removed prior to surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery. Dark colored nail polish and glitter polish will interfere with anesthesia monitors and therefore must be removed for accurate readings.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, asthma flare, fever, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office as soon as possible before the surgery to discuss the situation and conditions to see if there will be a need to reschedule the procedure.
  • If you take routine oral or injectible medications, please check with Dr. Chun prior to your surgical date for instructions on which ones to hold before surgery and which ones to continue to take prior to the surgery. This is most often reviewed with patients at the preoperative consultation appointment. Heart medications, blood thinners, immunosuppressant and diabetic medications must be discussed with the doctor before the day of surgery.