Published: Jan. 20, 2010
Updated: Aug. 4, 2011
Once the surgery is scheduled, the Preregistration Office personnel proceed with obtaining appropriate authorizations. Both you and your doctor's office will be notified before your surgery day if there are any problems with your insurance.
The purpose of the preoperative workup is to review your medical history and medications, examine you, and to arrange any tests or treatments needed to make sure you are in the best possible health for anesthesia and surgery.
Yes. There are no nutritional limitations to observe on the day of your work up.
No. In most cases, you will not be able to eat or drink from midnight before your surgery until after the surgery. You will be able to drink a small amount if you are taking medication.
If you are on any blood thinners such as aspirin, coumadin, or clopidogrel (Plavix), these will often need to be discontinued for approximately seven days prior to your surgery. Some patients will need to be switched to another medication during this time. This will be coordinated with your physician who prescribes those medications.
It is likely that you will be given antibiotics and/or pain medications after your surgery. These prescriptions will be given to you when you leave the hospital.
This article is intended as a resource for patients receiving their voice care at Duke Voice Care Center. It is not intended to substitute for medical advice from your health care team. If your doctor’s instructions differ from the information in this article, please talk with your doctor before making any changes.