Why can’t I wear makeup and mascara during surgery?
Makeup can hinder the anesthesiologist and surgeon’s ability to monitor your well being during surgery. Since you cannot communicate with the doctors on how you are feeling, they will monitor the signs from your body to let them know. Face makeup can mask your true skin color, which is an easy signal to the anesthesiologist and the surgeon on how your body is handling the surgery. In addition, if the surgeon needs to put tape on your face or body, it may not stick to the make-up or cream on your skin. Also while you are under anesthesia, you don’t have a blink reflex so small particles of makeup (especially mascara) can injure your eyes.
Why can’t I wear lotion on the day of my procedure?
Lotions, creams, or powders can make it hard for the operating room staff to stick monitoring devices to your skin. Why can’t I shave the surgery site prior to the procedure? Patients should leave shaving the area of their surgery to doctors, who can complete the task with sterilized clippers.
Shaving at home could damage the skin around the area, raising the risk of infection, while a blade that has not been sterilized also risks exposing the skin near the surgery site to harmful bacteria.
It is also suggested that patients have a shower, bath or bed bath the day before or on the day of surgery to ensure the skin around the incision site is as clean as possible. What sort of valuables should be left at home? Please leave jewelry, money (other than what is required for payment of the procedure), weapons at home in addition to other items you would not want lost or stolen.
What happens if I miss an appointment?
If you are unable to make your appointment as scheduled, please contact our office promptly. This appointment will be rescheduled for patients requiring our services.
In the event an appointment is missed, and no attempt was made to cancel the appointment in advance, we reserve the right to charge a $50 fee. These fees are not covered by insurance and will be your personal responsibility.
What should I bring the day of my procedure?
For All Surgical Procedures:
- Identification: Driver’s License or Photo ID
- Insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card
- Payment: We will request a payment of any insurance co-payment or out of pocket expenses that are due at the time of the service.
- Medication List
- Important phone numbers: Including the person driving you home.
- Guardianship Paperwork: If applicable.
- If necessary for your procedure: Crutches or Walker (if you already have)
- Someone 18 years of age or older
- Remote: For patients with any kind of stimulator.
- Snacks: If you have dietary restrictions.
- Contact lenses or glasses container
- Comfortable clothing
- Infant items: If necessary, bring diapers and formula.
For overnight cases in addition to the above:
- CPAP machine: if instructed.
- Bring ONLY your essential prescription medications, and MUST be in original pharmacy containers. Do NOT bring narcotics.
- Personal hygiene products.