Preparing for the Surgery

Medications & Other Conditions

Provide a list of medicines and vitamins that you are taking like aspirin or NSAIDS to the surgical team. Some medicines can affect your recovery and response to anesthesia and might need to be adjusted before and after surgery.

Inform your anesthesiologist if you have allergies, neurologic disease (epilepsy, stroke), heart disease, stomach problems, lung disease (asthma, emphysema), endocrine disease (diabetes, thyroid conditions), or loose teeth; if you smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs, or take any herbs or vitamins; or if you have a history of nausea and vomiting with anesthesia.

If you smoke, it is important to inform your surgical team, and you should decide to stop. Quitting before your surgery can lessen you rate of respiratory and wound complications and maximize your chances of staying smoke free for life.