What to Expect

Find out what to expect the day before surgery, the day of, and the days following your procedure at New Tampa Surgery Center.

The Day Before Surgery

  • Make a list of any daily medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight¬†(including water), unless your surgeon indicates otherwise
  • Bathe or shower the night before or morning of your surgery
  • Brush your teeth (but do not swallow water)
  • Refrain from smoking the night before surgery
  • Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before surgery
  • You must have a responsible person to drive you home after your surgery, please plan accordingly

The Day of Surgery

  • Arrive promptly at your scheduled surgery time
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing, shoes and undergarments
  • Bring a picture ID, your insurance cards and a list of any questions
  • If requested by your physician, bring pre-op order forms, physical copies of labs, EKGs etc.
  • If you are taking prescription medications, bring a complete list of your medications, including the dosage and frequency
  • Do not wear make-up
  • Do not wear contact lenses (glasses permitted)
  • Leave all valuables and jewelry at home
  • Inform our staff of any special medical needs before your surgery

The Days After Surgery

You will receive post-operative instructions from your surgeon regarding specific care after your procedure, including diet, activities, and medications. A written summary of these will be provided to you prior to your release. Be sure to notify your doctor immediately if you notice any abnormalities at the operative site.

Please note: Side effects of anesthesia may include dizziness. Therefore, do not perform any of the following within 24 hours after your procedure:

  • Driving or operating machinery or equipment
  • Signing important papers
  • Making significant decisions
  • Consuming alcoholic beverages
  • Taking any medications that are not prescribed or acknowledged by your surgeon