Six Things to Do before Your Next Outpatient Procedure


Last updated 7/24/2020 at 5:14pm | View PDF

To ensure a successful outpatient procedure and smooth recovery:

• Check qualifications. Before you schedule a procedure, be sure your anesthesia care will be led by a physician anesthesiologist, and that the other physicians and providers involved in your outpatient procedure are qualified.

• Stop smoking. The healthier you are, the faster you recover.

• Learn about your anesthesia options. Before your procedure, talk with your physician anesthesiologist about some of the newer techniques.

• Ask what you can eat and drink, and how long before surgery you need to stop.

• Remove permanent jewelry. Surgeons use electrical tools during procedures, including to make incisions, putting you at risk for burns if you are wearing jewelry.

• Don't go alone. Be sure someone is available to drive you home from the outpatient facility.


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