Pre-Surgery Instructions

You can help us ensure your safety during your upcoming surgery by carefully following these instructions:

  1. Overlake Surgery Center requires that you have someone over the age of 18 drive you home and that someone stay with you overnight after your surgery. Anesthesia and sedatives will make you drowsy and perhaps forgetful. It is hazardous to drive or be alone the day of your surgery.
  2. Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. It is ok to have a sip of water the morning of your surgery to take medications for your heart, blood pressure, anti-seizure and any medication taken for anti-acid reflux. A serious medical condition can occur if these guidelines are not followed and your surgery may be cancelled and rescheduled.
  3. If you take Metformin daily, you may take it as usual the day before surgery, but do not take Metformin or any other oral Diabetes medications the morning of surgery. Consult with your physician who monitors your Diabetes regarding your insulin the morning of surgery. We would rather your Blood Glucose be on the high side rather than low the morning of surgery.
  4. Infants having surgery may have breast milk 4 hours prior to his/her scheduled arrival time or formula 6 hours prior to scheduled arrival time.
  5. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please leave all jewelry, including all piercings, valuables and cash at home. Contact lenses are discouraged and will be removed prior to your surgery. Rings on the effected side (including shoulder procedures) must be removed prior to your surgery. Please do not wear any make-up or perfume.
  6. Depending on your procedure, you may be asked to stop taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications for up to 10 days prior to surgery. Check with your surgeon.
  7. If crutches are required (check with your surgeon), you must obtain them elsewhere. Please bring them with you and leave them in your car.
  8. The day before your surgery, you will receive a call from Overlake Surgery Center informing you what time you should arrive.

If you have any questions, please call Overlake Surgery Center at (425) 709-2500 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Post-op general instructions

Anesthesia and medications for sedation will be acting in your body for at least 24 hours. You may not remember some things about your surgery; including important instructions and explanations you may have been given. This is not unusual. It is important for you to be aware of the following:

  1. During the first 24 hours, do not drive a car or operate machinery or power tools.
  2. Do not take tranquilizers or sleeping pills unless specifically ordered by your physician.
  3. Do not drink any alcohol.
  4. Do not sign any legal documents.
  5. Do not assume responsibility in caring for others until you are fully recovered.
  6. Since you may feel dizzy or light-headed from anesthesia, and for your own safety, a responsible adult must drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
  7. Take your pain medicine as directed. Avoid driving and the use of alcohol while taking narcotic pain medications.


  • Pain that is unrelieved by medication.
  • Excessive bleeding (remember some bleeding is normal).
  • Fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.4 Centigrade) or fever with chills.
  • Numbness or tingling in the affected extremity (unless a block was used).
  • A cast and any part of it breaks allowing the injured part to move excessively.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Questions about your surgery.
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