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Before Your SurgeryImportant Last Minute Instructions Before Surgery

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    □ Take a shower the night before surgery with Hibiclens (available over the counter at most pharmacies--Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, etc).

    □ Put on clean, freshly washed clothes after showering.

    □ Take another shower the morning of surgery with Hibiclens and put on clean, freshly washed clothes to come to the hospital. If you are unable to take a shower, you still need to wash the surgical area thoroughly with Hibiclens.

    □ You may brush your teeth but do not swallow any water.

    □ If you have been told to take medications on the day of surgery, take with one ounce (2 tbsp) of water.

    □ Give yourself an enema or laxative if you have been told to do so.

    □ Remove ALL body piercings and jewelry.

    □ If you are having reconstructive surgery and have markings from your doctor, use special care not to wash them off.

What NOT To Do:

  • Do not apply lotions or powders.
  • Do not suck on mints or chew gum.
  • Do NOT smoke the morning of your surgery.
  • For breast surgery patients, do not apply underarm deodorant.

Woman’s Concierge Service
While you are in the hospital, we will be happy to assist you with special requests such as hotel reservation information, transportation arrangements, driving directions, questions about the Baton Rouge area and much more.

Our Concierge Service professionals are available to assist you and your loved ones while you are in the hospital from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on weekends. In the mean time if you have questions, send us an e-mail at concierge.service@womans.org.

Before Surgery: Making Arrangements at Home and at Work | Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically | Items You Should Pack | Frequently Asked Questions About General Anesthesia | Instructions for Eating and Drinking | Managing Pain After Surgery | Important Last Minute Instructions