Category Archives: Surgery Instructions

3 Reasons Why a Support System is Critical After Surgery

One of the main benefits of an outpatient surgery is how quickly you can go home! However, it’s important to remember that every surgery requires some recovery time – whether it’s a joint replacement with an overnight stay or a carpal tunnel repair that allows you to go home within hours of your procedure. Here…

What Pain Medications Will I Receive After My Surgery?

Recovery time will be faster and more tolerable with the use of pain medication. Upon admission, a pre-operative nurse will discuss allergies and past pain medications with each patient. This is done to understand what medications have or have not worked in the past for that particular patient. The OSMS surgeons most commonly use Vicodin…

Medical Terminology Deciphered: NPO

NPO…what? NPO is a medically approved abbreviation that means NOTHING BY MOUTH. The abbreviation is based on the Latin translation of nil per os meaning nothing by mouth. Prior to scheduled surgery, it is recommended that the patient has nothing by mouth (no food or fluid) for a minimum of six hours and preferred eight…

Things to Know if Your Child is Having Surgery

The Night Before Surgery Be sure to eat a balanced supper. Stop food and water intake at the determined time. Give your child a bath or shower with an antibacterial soap such as Dial or the Hibicleanse soap provided by our Prepare RN. Have your child sleep in clean pajamas and clean sheets. The Day…