Preparing for Surgery – General Instructions

General instructions prior to your surgical procedure:

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to the appointment;
  • No smoking for at least 24 hours before the surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible;
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the hospital and drive the patient home;
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 48 hours following general anaesthesia;
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing;
  • Contact lenses, jewellery, facial piercings and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery;
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery;
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, cold sore, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office;
  • If you take routine medications, please check with our doctors prior to your surgical date for instructions; and
  • If your medical history is complex or if you are particularly concerned about undergoing a general anaesthetic, it is usually possible for you to be seen by the anaesthetist for a consultation prior to your admission. Please let the MIC doctors know if you would like to do this.

Surgical Instructions & Information: