Surgical Instructions Please Read These Instructions Before Your Surgery
The staff at Columbia Shores OB/GYN (Columbia Shores Comprehensive OB/GYN, PLLC) is committed to ensuring that your post-operative experience is as comfortable as possible. Please do not hesitate to call the office for any questions after surgery. Any questions regarding your surgery or post-operative recovery should be directed to the staff at Columbia Shores OB/GYN (509) 628-8866 rather than your Primary Care Provider. The following information will help answer the frequently asked questions and will help you understand some of the common experiences that may occur after your surgery. Please note that most patients have very few complications after surgery; however, to ensure that you have as much information as possible to help you in your recovery the following list should help you with most concerns you have after your surgery.
A. Have a post-operative appointment scheduled or call (509) 628-8866 for an appointment within
B. Contact us at Columbia Shores OB/GYN (509) 628-8866 for any problems or concerns after
surgery. Please do not call your primary care provider with concerns related to your surgery, since they usually do not know the specifics of your surgery and may not be able to help you.
C. If an ER visit is necessary postoperatively, always return to the hospital where your surgery was
performed, since your surgeon will have privileges to care for you there.
D. Before surgery you will be seen the week before for a discussion on the risks, benefits and
alternatives to your surgery. It is at this time that if you have any concerns about your surgery to have them addressed.
E. The week before your surgery we will review your health history and discuss your surgery.
Please update your patient portal in Digichart and let us know of any changes in your health history. During your preoperative visit you will be given your pre-operative paper work which you will need to take to your pre-operative appointment at the hospital or surgery center you will be having your surgery at.
F. You must have your pre-operative intake visit completed the week before at the hospital or
surgery center you are having your surgery at. At this time the nurse will do your intake interview, draw your blood, give you pre-operative instructions and inform you of when your surgery is and when to present to the hospital.
G. Do not eat, drink or have anything by mouth before surgery. H. If you take blood thinners ask your doctor if you should discontinue them before surgery. If you
take Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Omega-3, Flaxseed or Vitamin E, please discontinue these a week before your surgery, unless directed not to by your primary care provider. If you must take them let your surgeon know this before surgery.
Before Surgery Checklist
□ Update health information on your health portal. https://patients.digichart.com
□If instructed to do so, have Medical clearance by your primary at least 2 weeks before surgery.
□ Pre-Surgical Appointment 1 week before surgery. Date________________
□ Inform staff of any changes in health history at Pre-Surgical Appointment.
□Stop Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Omega 3, Flaxseed, and Vitamin E at least 1 week before surgery, unless otherwise directed by your primary care provider.
□Increase protein intake in diet, unless otherwise directed by your primary care provider.
□After Pre-Surgical Appointment you must be seen for intake appointment at hospital where your surgery is being performed. Date of intake appointment:_________________
□Do bowel prep one day before surgery if instructed to do so.
□Do not eat from Midnight on the night before surgery. This includes no liquids, gum or hard candies.
□Only take medications instructed to take after Midnight the night before surgery. If instructed to take medications, take them with small sips of water.
□Take shower the morning of surgery. Do not shave the area of surgery unless instructed to do so.
□Bring loose fitting clothing to go home in.
□Present to surgery at the time as instructed from the place of surgery. Date______________Time_______
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