• Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. Brufen, Advil, Voltaren, Ponstan), as well as Vitamin E and red wine, should be ceased two weeks prior to surgery. For aches and pains, Panadol is a good medication to substitute in place of these.
  • You must quit smoking, as well as any other nicotine source (including nicotine gum or patches), three weeks prior to surgery.
  • If you develop a cold or any other illness prior to surgery, it is imperative that you inform the office immediately.


On the evening before surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight. Do not drink tea or coffee in the seven hours before your operation.
  • Avoid alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Take all regular medications. If you use sleeping pills, take them before 10pm.


On the morning of your operation:

  • If you take blood pressure medication or any other regular medications, take them as you normally do in the morning, with a small sip of water. One notable exception is diabetic medication, which you must not take the morning of the surgery.
  • Be at the hospital at least 90 minutes before your scheduled operation time.
  • You must have your passport OR national identification card present with you (a driver’s license will not be accepted).
  • Do not wear wigs, hair pins, contact lenses or jewelry. Leave all valuables at home.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to remove and put on.
  • If your surgery is an outpatient procedure, arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital, and for someone to be at home with you on your first night after the operation.