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Phone: 301-424-6901

Fax: 866-989-5921

Before Your Surgery Checklist

For your convenience we are now offering One Medical Passport for pre-registration.  Registration is designed to be quick and easy and completing the form should take you 10-15 minutes.  You will be asked about your health history as well as to provide demographic and insurance information.

If you have not received a call by 3:00 p.m. the day before your surgery or have additional questions please call us at 301-424-6901 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

It is important for you to follow these guidelines before surgery to prevent delays or cancellations.

Food and Drink

  • No solid food including gum and mints after 12 midnight the night before surgery.
  • Patients may have clear liquids up to 3 hours before their surgery time. Examples of this are black coffee, water, apple juice or Gatorade.

Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.

No smoking/vaping/tobacco/marijuana after midnight the night before your surgery.

Makeup, Nail Polish, Acrylic/Gel Nails, Jewelry (including body jewelry)
Please remove all these items before surgery.

Wear loose, casual, comfortable clothing to fit over dressings.

Please leave valuables at home.

Notify The Center & Your Surgeon If:

  • You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
  • You suspect you may be pregnant.
  • If you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin, Eliquis, Pradaxa, Aspirin, NSAIDS,  Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, Advil or Vitamin E please speak with your physician to receive instructions about these medications to prepare for surgery.
  • You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, or certain herbal medicines. You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery. You can discuss this with your surgeon.

What You Need The Day Of The Surgery:

  • Bring any rescue inhalers with you
  • Information To Bring: Insurance cards, photo ID, Medicare or Medical Assistance information, numbers and addresses.
  • Driver: You must have a responsible adult (over 18), present during check-in, during your surgery, and at discharge, who will need to drive you home. You may not take a taxi or other public transportation post-anesthesia.
  • Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in the center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
  • Care For Children: If you have young children at home for whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
  • Interpreter: If the patient cannot read, speak English or use sign language, an interpreter is required. If you need assistance arranging for an interpreter, please contact the Scheduling department 301-424-6901 as soon as possible.