Pre-Op Information
UnityPoint Health - Methodist

General Instructions the Day Before Surgery

  • Please follow these patient instructions prior to your surgery.  You may also be given additional instructions specific to your procedure by your surgeon and nurse.

  • DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery, unless instructed otherwise.  This includes water, food, gum, ice chips and mints. You may have nothing by mouth prior to surgery.

  • For patients having anesthesia services, you will not be permitted to drive yourself, walk, or use public transportation to get home following outpatient surgery.

  • Please make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you during the first night after surgery.

  • DO NOT drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to surgery.

  • DO NOT smoke 12 hours prior to surgery.

  • Please bathe or shower the night before or the morning of surgery.

  • DO NOT wear jewelry, makeup or contact lenses the day of surgery.

  • If you use insulin or inhalers, please bring them with you to the hospital.

  • As a rule, dentures and glasses must be removed prior to surgery.

  • Leave valuables at home.

  • Notify our office immediately if you have a change in your physical condition prior to surgery such as a cold, fever or sore throat.

  • Applies for: gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery, rectal surgery, colonoscopy, varicose vein surgery, and all other procedures.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 309-672-5975. 

Failure to follow these instructions may result in surgery cancellation.