Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take my usual daily medication?
We generally request that you take your medication before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your sugar at the Center. You should be contacted before your procedure leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take. Please bring all your medications with you.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of your procedure.

Some medications will be stopped for the procedure, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. You should bring these medications with you the day of procedure. Please call us with any questions you may have.

May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the procedure. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before procedure. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?
You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person will be allowed to be in the pre-op area with you before the procedure and may sit with you after the procedure if you so choose.

Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.

Will I receive sedation before going into the procedure room?

We will individualize each patient’s care. Most patients spend very little time in the pre-op area, so the need for a sedative is usually not necessary. Therefore, preoperative medication is minimized.