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University of Miami Hospital

Before Your Surgery

Prepare for Surgery

Prior to Surgery

Medications and Diet at Home
Be sure to follow your doctor’s pre-surgery guidelines. This may include special instructions for diet, medicines or bowel preparation.
Talk with your surgeon if you are taking any “blood thinning” medicines such as Warfarin, Coumadin®, Xarelto pradaxa, Eliquis, Lovenox®, or Heparin. These types of drugs can increase your risk of bleeding. You will have to stop taking NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) or naproxen (Aleve) prior to surgery. You also must talk to your medical doctor or our internal medicine team if you are taking aspirin or an anti-platelet medication such as Plavix, Prasugrel, or effient.
Please contact your doctor to confirm when to stop taking these medicines. This may be anywhere from 1 to 7 days before your surgery. If you are diabetic, please ask your doctor about taking your insulin on the day of surgery.

Call from the Pre-Op Nurse
After 4pm, on the day before your surgery (or on Friday before a Monday surgery), you will receive a call from one of the preoperative nurses. The nurse will discuss:

  • Arrival time
  • Surgery time
  • Diet and medicines guidelines before your surgery
  • Discharge home or hospital stay
    You will be directed to come to one of the following locations on the day of surgery:
    University of Miami Hospital – 1400 NW 12th Ave, Miami, FL 33136
    UMH Out Patient – 1295 NW 14th ST, Miami, FL, 33136
    Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – 1475 NW 12th Ave, Miami, FL 33136

During the call with the nurse, please ask the nurse any questions you have about your procedure.
The nurse may refer you to your surgeon for questions about your specific surgery. Should you have a question later on, you may call the pre-op nurse. The clinic’s main number is 305-243-2196.

Day Before Your Surgery

  • Eat a light or bland meal for dinner the night before your surgery (unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon)
  • Do not eat or drink after midnight, including hard candy, mints and gum
  • Do not smoke after midnight before your surgery
  • Shower and wash your hair the night before your surgery
    It is important to arrange to have an adult take you home after surgery.
    It is also helpful to designate a family spokesperson who can update family members/friends about your condition after surgery (we cannot share any medical information about you by phone to outside callers).

What to Bring to Your Hospital Stay

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card
  • Medicare card (for Medicare patients)
  • List of allergies & current medicines
  • Recent test or physical exam reports
  • Copies of Advanced Directive, Living Will or Power of Attorney
  • Containers for contact lenses, glasses or dentures
  • Toiletries and other personal items if you will be staying overnight
  • Magazine, book or other reading materials
    Please leave all valuables (jewelry, credit cards, money) at home. This includes body-piercing jewelry and tongue studs. You may not wear any jewelry during surgery.
    Plan to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that will fit over bandages and splints.

Family Waiting
Family or friends may bring the following items to pass the time:

  • Laptop computers – we offer hi-speed wireless Internet in our waiting rooms
  • Hand held gaming device
  • Cell phone
  • Magazine, book or other reading materials
    For safety and privacy reasons, children under the age of 16 may not visit in the surgical patient care areas. Those under age 16 should not be left alone in the Waiting Room; a responsible adult other than the patient must supervise them.