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How soon after surgery can I drive?

Do not drive while you are under the influence of any pain killers.

What activities should I avoid postoperatively?

You should not life anything greater than 15 pounds. Until you have seen your doctor for your two-week post-op visit, you should not engage in heavy exercise. If you undergo a hysterectomy,  you should avoid sexual intercourse for a minimum of 8 weeks.

How soon after surgery may I shower or bathe?

Showering is recommended over bathing and you may shower the day after your surgery. It is important to keep your incision sites clean.

What should I eat the day before surgery?

You should eat light the day before surgery, as you will be doing your bowel prep. For dinner you should eat clears such as soups.

What medications should I avoid prior to surgery?

You should avoid medications that may cause blood thinning, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDS. Discuss all your medications with your doctor prior to your surgery.

Do I need to take all of the bowel prep medications listed?

No. You just need to take one medication for bowel prep, which is usually circled at the bottom of the page where the Rx is signed by the doctor.

Do I need to get a chest x-ray, and EKG before surgery?

This is dependent on your past medical history. The decision to order either chest x-ray or EKG will be made by your doctor or your primary care physician.

Where do I get my blood work done?

Most often the blood work will be done 1-2 days before your surgery at the hospital where you will be having your surgery. If you need medical clearance by your PCP or cardiologist the labs may be performed at an outside laboratory. The lab you will have this done is dependent on your insurance. 


Can I do my blood work on the same day as my pre-operative appointment?

It is better to do your blood work closer to the day of your surgery, as values can change. Also, the blood type that is drawn can only be used up to 72 hours. 

Can I pick up my discharge medications before I go to surgery?

Yes. Request that your doctor give you the prescriptions at your preoperative visit.


How much time do I need off work?

Postoperative time off from work varies for each patient. It depends on the type of surgery you undergo, what type of work you do, and how quickly you heal. You should discuss this with your doctor at your preoperative appointment.

Will I be spending the night at the hospital after surgery?

Most patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery (i.e. laparoscopic or robotic) are able to go home the same day as their surgery.