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Before Your Surgery at SMHNow that your surgery is scheduled, you have a partner in Sarasota Memorial through the process. This starts days and sometimes weeks before your procedure with what we call perioperative services. The thorough completion of each perioperative step is instrumental in your best care. These services make sure that you are well prepared for surgery – and simultaneously they make sure that we are well prepared to have you in our care. 

Pre-Admission Testing
To help expedite your admission process and ensure your most efficient care when you arrive for surgery, we may ask you to visit our Pre-Admission Testing department. Here, one of our patient care coordinators may go over paperwork and conduct a few tests needed for your procedure (blood work, chest x-ray, etc. if current results are not in your health record). Please bring your insurance card or any information you may have. We also ask that you download and complete this important form, called My Medications List and bring it with you. Please read more about how medication can affect your surgery in the section below.

Sarasota Memorial requires patients who are scheduled for a procedure using anesthesia to be evaluated (during Pre-Admission Testing) to ensure optimum preparedness, patient safety and satisfaction. You may be asked questions, to complete a questionnaire, or to meet you’re your anesthesiologist.

We also require the completion of standard Anesthesiology Forms prior to your procedure. For your convenience, you can download these forms here, fill them out in advance and bring them with you to Pre-Admission Testing or Pre-Registration.   

Medications & Diet
It’s always recommended that you follow your doctor’s pre-surgery guidelines, which may include diet (digestive or bowel) preparations and medication restrictions, which may include prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal types. A few important examples include:

  • Blood thinning medicines, such as Coumadin, Warfarin, Heparin and some others can increase your risk of bleeding during surgery. You will need to check with your doctor prior to surgery if you are taking these blood thinners.
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Motrin® or Advil® or other ibuprofens are examples of over-the-counter medications that can put surgery patients at serious risk. Please consult with your doctor if you are taking these and are scheduled for surgery.

Your doctor will tell you when to stop taking medications, which can be anywhere from two days to two weeks ahead of surgery. When in question always consult your physician first, or if unavailable, talk with your pharmacist.

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