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Pre-Operative Instructions

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General Pre-Operative Surgery Guidelines

  1. Please call the hospital or surgery center in which you are having your surgery performed to schedule your pre-admission appointment. You may need to go to the facility prior to surgery to sign consent forms, discuss anesthesia, financial matters and possibly have blood tests and an EKG, if indicated.
  2. If your doctor has requested that you have surgical clearance prior to your surgery, please schedule that appointment as soon as possible. Surgery cannot be performed until the clearance papers and test results have been received by our office.
  3. Please be sure to stop taking all aspirin products, anti-inflammatory medications, blood thinners and herbal supplements seven days prior to your surgery, or as advised by your doctor. Also, if you are taking diet pills, please discontinue these at least two weeks prior to surgery. These types of medications can increase the risk of bleeding and/or cause complications with anesthesia. The anti-inflammatory medications include any over-the-counter brands such as Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Motrin, as well as any anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by your doctor; blood thinners are medications such as Coumadin, Plavix, and Warfarin. The hospital or surgical center will also give you additional information regarding medications that will need to be discontinued prior to surgery. If you have any questions regarding any medications you are currently taking, please contact your doctor’s assistant or the pre-admitting office at the hospital or surgical center.

    Tylenol (Acetaminophen) may be taken prior to surgery if needed for pain relief, headaches, etc.
  4. Due to anesthesia requirements, it will be necessary for you to fast as of midnight the night prior to your surgery. Please remember – nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. Depending on the medications you are taking, the pre-admitting nurse may make some changes to these instructions.
  5. You will need someone to drive you home when you are discharged; the facility will not allow you to drive yourself. The facility will not release you to a cabdriver.
  6. If you are unable to have your surgery for any reason, please contact your physician’s surgery coordinator as soon as possible. Also, please notify our office if you develop any illness prior to surgery.
  7. After your surgery, please call our office to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor, as indicated on your hospital discharge papers. If the discharge papers do not indicate when to return for your first post-operative appointment, please contact your doctor’s medical assistant.
  8. If you need any information regarding post-operative care, recovery time, or need assistance in completion of disability or FMLA forms, please contact your doctor’s medical assistant.
  9. Your insurance benefits will be verified by our office and by the hospital or surgery center, and you will be contacted if there are any payments due prior to the surgery. This would include payments toward your deductible and/or co-insurance.
  10. After your surgery, you will be receiving separate bills from your surgeon, surgical assistant, hospital or surgical center, anesthesiologist and any other specialty physicians or suppliers of medical equipment that were involved in your surgery and hospital care. Please contact our billing department regarding any questions about our doctor’s charges. You will need to contact the specific providers regarding questions for any other services provided.

If you have any questions regarding your surgery, please call the appropriate surgery coordinator.


Surgery Coordinator

Phone Number

Carl Hicks, M.D. Barbie (281) 329-1930
Mark Maffet, M.D. Brenda (281) 340-6436
Eddie Matsu, M.D. Barbie (281) 329-1930
Anthony Muffoletto, M.D. Pat (281) 329-1928
Vincent Phan, M.D. Grace (281) 329-1956
Timothy Sitter, M.D. Rosie (281) 340-6405
Ray Valdez, M.D. Demetria (281) 340-6424
Jeffrey Wood, M.D. Barbie (281) 329-1930

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