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Peri-operative Instructions - [view PDF]


Our office will coordinate scheduling your surgery with the hospital and the assistant surgeon, if needed. You will receive a call from our surgical scheduler within the next two business days. We will contact your insurance company for any authorization needed for surgery.
Approximately 7-10 days prior to your surgery, you will need to go to the hospital for pre-surgical testing. The testing usually consists of an EKG, chest x-ray and blood work. The hospital will contact you for this appointment once your surgery is booked.

Following your pre-surgical testing and before your surgery, you will need pre-operative clearance from your primary care physician (and possibly a specialist if you have certain ongoing medical conditions). Please contact your clearing physician(s) to schedule this appointment as soon as you know your pre-surgical testing and surgery dates.

The hospital will contact you the night before the surgery to let you know what time you need to arrive. You may reach our surgical scheduler at (631) 376-0055 ext. 108

Bowel Preparation


No food or drink after midnight the evening before surgery. The day before your surgery, you MUST be on a CLEAR LIQUID diet.

For example, a clear liquid diet includes: water, broth, seltzer, jell-o (avoid dark red jell-o), coffee or tea (no milk), apple juice and ginger ale.

The day before your surgery, you also must drink two 8oz. bottles of Citrate of Magnesia (available at any drugstore over the counter).

Drink the first bottle at 12 noon the day before surgery

Drink the second bottle at 4pm the day before surgery





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