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Before Surgery at the Foothill Surgery Center

Follow these guidelines the day before your surgery to ensure that your operation goes smoothly.

  • It is your responsibility to arrange in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you the first 24 hours after surgery. You cannot drive yourself or be left alone. 
  • If no one from the center has contacted you by the day before surgery. please call (805) 681-6550 for more information, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • If there is any change in your physical condition (cold or fever), please notify your physician and our staff before coming to the center.
  • If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring a case for their safekeeping. We provide containers for removal of dentures and hearing aids.
  • You may eat normally before midnight the day before your surgery. You may brush your teeth, but refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum or cigarettes. Following these instructions will reduce the likelihood of nausea and vomiting after your anesthesia and surgery.
  • Please do not take any medication after midnight prior to surgery unless instructed by your physician or our office. If you are diabetic or on blood pressure or heart medication, obtain specific instructions from your physician or contact the center. We encourage you to bring your current medications with you on the day of surgery.
  • If you suspect that you are pregnant, please notify your surgeon.
  • If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are currently using a CPAP machine or any breathing device, please bring it with you on the day of surgery.

Labs/Diagnostic Tests

Certain procedures will require laboratory and diagnostic tests, such as EKG and MRI, prior to your surgery. Please make sure that all tests have been performed if your surgeon has requested it.

If you have additional questions, please contact us or call (805) 681-6550.