Please read these Pre-Operative instructions and be sure you understand them before leaving the Surgery Center. Take these home with you and follow them carefully. If you have any questions, please call (706) 396-3700.

YOU MUST HAVE SOMEONE WITH YOU ON YOUR DAY OF SURGERY TO REMAIN AT THE SURGERY CENTER THE ENTIRE TIME YOU ARE HERE. Make arrangements to have a responsible adult with you to receive discharge instructions and drive you home after surgery. Your Physician requests that one family member/friend remain in the Surgery Center until he has talked with them, discharge instructions have been reviewed by a Nurse, and you are ready for discharge. A parent or legal guardian must accompany a minor. IF SOMEONE DOES NOT ACCOMPANY YOU ON YOUR DAY OF SURGERY, YOUR SURGERY MAY BE CANCELLED.

Do not eat or drink anything (even water, coffee, candy, mints, chewing gum, or cough drops) after midnight the night before your surgery. You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth, but do not swallow any water.

Do not drink alcoholic beverages the night before surgery. Do not use tobacco of any form the morning of surgery.

Shower or bathe the night before or the morning of surgery. Do not use lotions or oils on the skin the night before or morning of surgery. Do not wear any make-up to the Surgery Center. Do not undergo any dermatological procedures between now and the day of your surgery. Do not shave your surgical site prior to surgery.

Do not bring money, jewelry, or any other valuables to the Surgery Center on your day of surgery, Legend Orthopedics will not be responsible for the safekeeping of these items. Personal items such as glasses, contacts, and/or dentures/partials will be given to the person who accompanies you for safe keeping during your time at the surgery center.

You will change into a gown before surgery and redress in your own clothes after your surgery, so wear loose comfortable clothing and shoes that slip on easily (no jeans, pantyhose, high heels or boots).

Notify the surgeon of any change in your physical condition (fever, cold, cough, sore throat, flu, injury to skin, rash, any sign of possible infection, etc.) before the operation. Your surgery may need to be rescheduled.

You will be contacted the day before surgery by a Nurse to confirm your arrival time for the day of surgery. Because of possible changes in the surgery schedule, the time you are told may be different from the original time you were given. Please arrive at the time you are given in your confirmation call.

An Anesthesiologist may call you the night before surgery or will talk to you the morning of surgery to answer any questions you might have regarding your anesthesia.