We hope that your experience at Broward Urology Center has met your expectations. If you are receiving these instructions, then you and your doctor are planning a surgery or procedure soon. Included on this page are the general instructions for surgery preparation. Everyone’s situation may vary. Please contact us and ask questions if you don’t understand anything during this process.
Prior to surgery, the following things must be done:
- You must have “clearance” by your primary doctor
- You must have blood tests, possible EKG, chest x-ray that the surgeon requests your primarydoctor to do. The tests must be complete and faxed or hand carried to our office at least ONEWEEK PRIOR TO SURGERY, otherwise the surgery may be delayed.
- STOP ALL BLOOD THINNERS (Plavix, Clopidogrel, Coumadin, Warfarin, Apixaban, Eliquis,Dabigatran, Pradaxa, Edoxaban, Savaysa, Fondaparinux, Arixtra, Rivaroxaban, Xarelto, Aspirin, Vitamin E, Motrin, Aleve, Fish Oil) one week prior to surgery, but confirm you can do that from your primary doctor or cardiologist managing your blood thinners
- Take usual doses of heart, thyroid, asthma medication on the morning of surgery with a tiny sip of water. If you take diabetic medications, do not take them on the morning of surgery. If you take insulin, only use half the normal dose the morning of surgery.
- DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING after midnight the night before surgery.
- You MUST ARRANGE A RIDE HOME (not Uber or Taxi) after surgery if you’re going home the same day of surgery. The hospital will not let you leave otherwise until next morning and you will have to stay overnight at the hospital.
- You will be asked to arrive at least 2 hours prior to the surgery.
- Please remember to bring your insurance cards and photo ID
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes with flat heels.
- Leave all your valuables like jewelry or watches at home.
- Bring a list of all your current medications.
- If you have a history of sleep apnea and use a CPAP, then bring it to the hospital.
- Your cell phone with a charger cord/plug
- Your Health Care Proxy Form / Advanced directives, if you have completed one.
- A case for your personal items, such as eyeglasses, hearing aid(s), dentures, toothbrush, shavingkit, and religious articles.If you have any further questions, please contact our offices and ask to speak to the scheduler or our office manager.
Thank you for your patience and we wish you a swift recovery!
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