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Follow your doctors guidelines

Unless your surgeon or pre-operative nurse told you otherwise, you may take your regular medicines on the morning of surgery. Take these medicines as directed, with only small sips of water. If you are diabetic, follow your doctor's guidelines about your insulin.

Do not have anything to eat or drink. Do not swallow anything, including the water you use to brush your teeth.

Remove any make-up before surgery. During surgery, we will check your circulation by looking at your skin, so it should not be covered with make-up.

Last UpdateMarch 25, 2011
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