Before Your Surgery

Important note: The pain medication you are prescribed may contain Tylenol (acetaminophen, APAP) as well as a narcotic. Do not take other medications containing Tylenol at this time as this could cause liver damage.

Before surgery it is important to have a consultation with your surgeon. Having a consultation prior to your surgery allows your doctor to review important information that is crucial to the success of your treatment and is an opportunity for you to obtain answers to any questions you might have.

On the day of your surgery you will need to come to AZ Max with an adult who will remain in the office during your surgery, drive you home after surgery, and remain with you as you recover at home.

Before Anesthesia

If you will be using general anesthesia (IV sedation) for your surgery, it is very important that you follow the instructions below. Failure to do so may result in the delay or cancellation of your surgery as anesthesia cannot be given otherwise.

  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) for eight hours before your appointment. We encourage you to eat a light meal eight to ten hours before surgery, avoiding alcoholic beverages.
  • Go to bed early the night before surgery so you will be well rested.
  • No smoking for 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible before the day of surgery.
  • Come to AZ Max with a responsible adult who can remain in the office during your surgery and drive you home.
  • Do not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours after your surgery.
  • On the day of surgery wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up above the elbow, and low or no-heel shoes.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick or excessive makeup on the day of surgery.
  • Remove nail polish before surgery.
  • If you have an illness on the day of surgery (i.e. cold, sore throat, upset stomach or bowel) please notify AZ Max.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with AZ Max prior to the day of surgery for instructions.
  • In some cases your doctor will ask you to take medications prior to surgery (i.e. antibiotics or pain relievers). Please refer to your prescription and follow as directed. If you are on medications for high blood pressure or heart disease, continue to take your normal dosage with a small sip of water.
  • If you have asthma, bring your inhaler with you on the day of surgery.