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Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic Rex Healthcare
3001 Edwards Mill Road, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612

Day Of Surgery

Upon Arrival At The Surgery Center

Arrive at the Raleigh Orthopaedic Surgery Center 90 minutes before your scheduled surgery.  On occasion, unforeseen circumstances require that we adjust surgery times.  We will keep you informed if we are ahead of schedule or of any delays.

Please remember Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery (sometimes referred to as “NPO”). Exceptions to this rule are rare and should be discussed with your anesthesiologist.

If you are ill with fever, chest cold, vomiting or diarrhea just before the day of your surgery, please contact your surgeon’s office; he or she may contact us to discuss the possibility of postponing your procedure.

Day Of Surgery Checklist

Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery, except any medications that your physician has suggested the morning of surgery with a small sip of water. The list of those medications may include:
  • Cardiac/heart medications (especially Beta blocker medications)
  • Most anti-hypertensives (blood pressure medications)
  • Cholesterol medications
  • Bronchodilators (inhaled medications for the lungs)
  • Reflux and heartburn medications (Prilosec, Nexium, Zantac, Protonix but NOT Tums, Rolaids or similar chalky medications)
  • Anticonvulsants (seizure medications)
  • Thyroid replacement (Synthroid and others)
  • Steroids (prednisone and others)
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Parkinson disease medications
  • Birth control pills
  • Opioids or narcotic medications if needed for pain control and only if they do not contain ibuprofen

Previously prescribed medications to avoid on the day of surgery include:
  • Diuretics (fluid pills such as Lasix and hydrochlorthiazide)
  • Insulin
  • Oral diabetes medications
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Motrin, Advil, ibuprofen, Mobic, Orudis and others)
  • Weight reduction medications
  • Vitamins
  • Herbal medications or similar supplements

Please leave all valuables at home EXCEPT:
  • Drivers license or photo ID
  • Insurance and prescription card (if separate card)
  • Cash or credit card to pay your co-payment or co-insurance as well as if you choose to fill your prescription at our in house pharmacy
  • Any medical equipment that you have received such as:
    • Crutches or walker
    • Sling
    • Brace or Immobilizer
    • Post operative shoe or boot
    • Items such as Ice Units or CPM machines may be left at home

Wear comfortable clothing.  Some suggestions:
  • Loose fitting shorts or pants without zippers, buttons, or belts
  • Loose oversized t-shirt or button up shirt for shoulder procedures
  • Comfortable shoes